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Why Does Bill O’Reilly Promote a Radical Leftist, Black Racist?

posted at 12:52 pm on October 6, 2009 by

A while ago, Bill O’Reilly invited Marc Lamont Hill on his show to talk about Iran. Nice. He’s an African American, having more African Americans on national TV to talk about politics is a good thing.

Generally.

Because Lamont Hill is, firstly, not a foreign policy expert but an expert “on hip-hop culture.” His academic degree is in education.

More importantly, however, Hill is a known radical. NewsRealblog‘s David Swindle and David Horowitz discovered that Hill worships at the altar of known extremist Assata Shakur.

Hill responded with 20 additional tweets, including a confirmation of his devotion to Shakur. Horowitz blogged again on September 28:

Marc Lamont Hill is at it again, posting twenty tweets on my reply. First the important one:

Assata Shakur is an American hero & freedom fighter. I’ll always stand next to her.

Swindle wasn’t the only one researching Hill’s political and social views. Accuracy In Media’s (AIM) Cliff Kincaid joined the fun:

He called the notorious anti-white, anti-Jewish Khallid Muhammad a “mentor, teacher, and revolutionary hero,” and believes that the black racist died not from a brain aneurysm but was assassinated. Muhammad was so extreme that he was ousted from the Nation of Islam because of his hatred of Jews.

He gave a lecture on “The Importance of Ideological Training in the New Millenium (sic)” at the Polymathematic University’s “Political Education Program for the Poor Righteous Communist Party.”

He declared on a “MySpace” page that the people he’d like to meet personally include Assata Shakur, Louis Farrakhan, Fidel Castro, and Mumia Abu Jamal, another convicted cop-killer.

He speaks on “The Importance of the Nation of Islam to Hip-Hop Culture” and says that he once belonged to something called the Ansaaru Allah Community, an Islamic sect with doctrines similar to the Nation of Islam that has been accused of being a religious cult.

When Hill was asked about his political beliefs, he removed the image of Assata Shakur from his Twitter page and deleted his myspace page, but failed to answer Horowitz’s and Swindle’s questions.

That’s bad enough, you’d say, but what’s worse is that O’Reilly invited Hill on “The O’Reilly Factor.” This man should be shunned, not promoted. You don’t have to be an expert to talk about America’s Middle East policy – thank God, for we bloggers would quickly have nothing to write about if all we could write about was our academic expertise – but you’d expect O’Reilly to at least invite someone within the mainstream of politics… God knows the Huffington Post, CNN and the White House don’t need conservatives to promote radical leftists.

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he has had this guy on many, many times. i don’t get it, either. maybe bill has some long-term trick up his sleeve, but this guy is a complete d-bag and bill could do a lot better by his viewers with someone else as guest.

homesickamerican on October 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM

It’s about time someone wrote about O’Reilly’s fascination with this creep. Hill, apart from speaking 900 words a second, has coined lovely phrases like “police terrorism.” (O’Reilly refused to take him to task for using this odious expression.) God forbid he should ever be in a situation where a needs a police officer and one of these “terrorists” isn’t handy.

Howard Portnoy on October 6, 2009 at 1:15 PM

It’s about time someone wrote about O’Reilly’s fascination with this creep. Hill, apart from speaking 900 words a second, has coined lovely phrases like “police terrorism.” (O’Reilly refused to take him to task for using this odious expression.)

Well, when you adore someone like Shakur, I guess it makes sense you believe police officers are “terrorists.”

It’s utterly unbelievable just how radical Hill is, and how much air time O’Reilly gives him.

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I haven’t watched O’Reilly in awhile. Is he flailing these days? In any case, I’ve gathered he’s caught the faux-fairness fever, wherein it becomes necessary to defend (with no small amount of self-righteousness) Barack Obama from the slings and arrows of the outrageous Right.

rrpjr on October 6, 2009 at 1:31 PM

rrpjr on October 6, 2009 at 1:31 PM

bill’s not flailing, that’s for sure. his ratings are still huge.

i get the feeling that he is trying very hard to look “fair and balanced”. perhaps too hard…

overall, i like his show and the people that he has on. but this guy hill is just a complete waste of airtime.

homesickamerican on October 6, 2009 at 1:36 PM

thats easy to answer its all about ratings. if you think O’Reilly believes in any of the things he says on his show then you are a idiot. he wants viewers and he knows that by having a radical on that people hate he will get big ratings. why do you think that attn whore al sharpton is on his show all the time.

larry harris on October 6, 2009 at 1:38 PM

i get the feeling that he is trying very hard to look “fair and balanced”. perhaps too hard…

overall, i like his show and the people that he has on. but this guy hill is just a complete waste of airtime.

You know, it always bothered me when people compared O’Reilly to one of the ‘angry’ conservative commentators. O’Reilly is pretty calm and seldom, if ever, goes “too far.” Like Beck and Limbaugh, it’s pretty clear to me O’Reilly has an important role to play in the conservative movement and in the political debate in general.

Still, recently he seems to have changed a bit, and not for the better. He would do well to be himself rather than this kind of ‘centrist’ commentator who tries to “treat everyone fairly,” even those who don’t deserve to be treated fairly.

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Mark Lamont Hill is on all Fox’s shows. I believe he is a political analyst for Fox. I would contact Fox about that.

becki51758 on October 6, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Mark Lamont Hill is on all Fox’s shows. I believe he is a political analyst for Fox. I would contact Fox about that.

Then it’s time for Fox to break with him, wouldn’t you say? They’re giving credit to this guy; a man who worships cop killers and known racists.. How’s that for “fair and balanced”?

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 1:44 PM

I think BOR began to portray himself as the centrist commentator so that he could have a shot at the only interview with BO at Fox. It really is all about Bill on his show. If Marc Lamont Hill helps him get closer to a BO interview, BOR see it as a win. This guy should never appear on any serious commentary program.

d1carter on October 6, 2009 at 1:47 PM

This guy should never appear on any serious commentary program.

Yeah, the problem is that “The O’Reilly Factor” kinda is a “serious program” ;)

As for the Obama-theory; could be, actually. Still, he could also just, you know, invite actual centrists / moderates instead of fake ones like this Hill dude.

This Hill dude would qualify as an Obama-czar. Not as a Fox analyst.

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

ass hatta shakur? Does he fight next to Dolomite? Come on, this is a joke.

WWS on October 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Still, recently he seems to have changed a bit, and not for the better. He would do well to be himself rather than this kind of ‘centrist’ commentator who tries to “treat everyone fairly,” even those who don’t deserve to be treated fairly.

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 1:40 PM

i have only recently started watching his show, so i don’t have much to gauge against, but here’s what i think he is up to:

it’s clear that his (and fox news’ as a whole) ratings have skyrocketed since obama took office. they have a lot of new viewers whom they want to keep and not alienate. i think that the recent repositioning that you are seeing is a product of that.

having said that, i think that we can all agree that bill is a conservative. also, i have heard him say on air that he is a “registered conservative”, not republican (apparently you can do this in ny state).

i think that he is either purely thinking of ratings, or else he is doing his level best to look fair and balanced and keep those new viewers so that a year or two down the road, when push comes to shove (which it most certainly will), he can get his real message out to that many more people.

he seems like a smart guy, generally speaking, so i think that it is the latter rather than the former.

time will tell…

homesickamerican on October 6, 2009 at 1:54 PM

it’s clear that his (and fox news’ as a whole) ratings have skyrocketed since obama took office. they have a lot of new viewers whom they want to keep and not alienate. i think that the recent repositioning that you are seeing is a product of that.

Could be. But do you need to introduce them to known radicals, then? Does keeping those viewers two years from now and influencing them then mean you’ve got to treat Hill, Shakur, and other extremists as if they’re normal people?

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Could be. But do you need to introduce them to known radicals, then? Does keeping those viewers two years from now and influencing them then mean you’ve got to treat Hill, Shakur, and other extremists as if they’re normal people?

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 2:05 PM

it may be his way of showing people just how screwy those folks are.

kind of like how MSBNC has pat buchanan and ron paul on so often…

homesickamerican on October 6, 2009 at 2:09 PM

“it may be his way of showing people just how screwy those folks are.”

The problem is, that’s clearly not the case – he doesn’t even call Hill out for his radicalism. He just ignores it.

Michael van der Galien on October 6, 2009 at 2:25 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of those subjects touched upon when Hill was on “The Factor.” Nice detective work. I always thought Hill was just another leftist academic kook, and not the radical he is, and has now been exposed as. Bill-O should take note of this.

moonbat monitor on October 6, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Marc Lamont Hill should keep appearing on BOR’s show. He is good for BOR’s ego.
But just don’t have him on RedEye

macncheez on October 6, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Actually, the only show I like him on is REDEYE…

Khun Joe on October 6, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Everything O’Reilly does for his own greater glory. He thinks having Lamont Hill on his show makes him the epitome of “fair and balanced.” In reality, he’s a sanctimonious schmuck. Last night he fell all over himself to say that he doesn’t like to revel in other people’s misfortune, so he’s treading lightly on the Letterman story.

C’mon, any adult with a semblance of a memory knows why Bill-O is showing “compassion” for Letterman. Decent people have no trouble taking a stand against a boss who makes sexual advances to a female subordinate, but Bill can’t very well claim the moral high ground here, can he? Take a look in the mirror, O’Reilly.

If he can’t be “fair and balanced” when talking about the Letterman situation–and he can’t–then he shouldn’t talk about it at all.

Meredith on October 6, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Next for Marc Lamont Hill :
To the WH as Flipfinger Czar

macncheez on October 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Lamont Hill gives me gas…so he raises my carbon footprint a tad which should make him about as environmentally responsible as, say, the incandescent light bulb which has been replaced by the more “environmentally responsible” (yeah, right) mercury based “smart bulbs” (which are dimmer than incandescents in ALL sense of the word) so if Cap and Trade passes (May God in His infinite Wisdom forbid) can we tax Fox News Channel for having him on the air and giving me gas? I think since he’s so buddy buddy with radicals FNC should TRADE him for the Israeli who’s been held by Islamic radicals (What’s his name? Galud? Galut?)for awhile. I think it would be a fair trade. Hill could raise the carbon emissions in the Middle East for awhile. When he comes on something on Fox News, I change the channel. Gaseous and nauseated….ick!

Driefromseattle on October 6, 2009 at 7:58 PM