Much like America on 9/11, it looks Bill O’Reilly’s chickens … have come home … to roost:
[W]hile Wright made no mention of terrorism, he did revisit the topic of America’s mistreatment of blacks, saying America’s founding fathers “planted slavery and white supremacy in the DNA of this republic,” and adding that Thomas Jefferson wrote, “‘God would punish America for the sin of slavery.’ I guess that makes Thomas Jefferson unpatriotic,” he said to the cheers of the congregation.
Reflecting on the late Pincham, Wright said his faith “was not the jingoistic, chauvinistic ‘you’re either with us or against us’ demonizing kind of faith.” Wright said Pincham was friends with “Jews, Muslims, rabbis, imams, fathers in the Catholic church and [Louis] Farrakhan in the Islamic faith.”
Escalating into full-preaching mode, Wright thundered, “Fox News can’t understand that. [Bill] O’Reilly will never get that. Sean Hannity’s stupid fantasy will keep him forever stuck on stupid when it comes to comprehending how you can love a brother who does not believe what you believe. [Pincham’s] faith was a faith in a God who loved the whole world not just one country or one creed.”
At that point, congregants nearly drowned Wright out with a booming standing ovation.
Wright also referred to Fox News as “Fix News.”
Serves Fox right for breaking this story wide open last month. Except, of course, it wasn’t Fox who broke it, it was Brian Ross at ABC. Since there’s nothing to be gained by demagoging ABC, O’Reilly and Hannity become the scapegoats, replete with dopey Olbermannesque pun on FNC’s name as a sort of dog whistle to the left to let them know now’s the time to start scapegoating their favorite hobbyhorse for daring to report that this cretin believes America’s responsible for AIDS. It’s tempting to believe Obama put him up to it, but that simply can’t be true: Antagonizing Fox into taking on Wright anew is the last thing his campaign wants to do.
Exit question: Is he actually using his friendship with Louis Farrakhan as an example of tolerance? What a brilliant stroke. Too bad Bush and McCain didn’t think of that vis-a-vis Bob Jones and Hagee. It’s not that they’re looking the other way at bigotry, you see, it’s that they’re simply trying to be inclusive.