Shortly after this, O’Reilly proposed to his fellow Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, a way to handle their disagreement with me: “I think you and I should go and beat him up.”

The two continued on to a discussion of the attempt to bar sharia law in Oklahoma. That’s when he made his little “joke” about beheading me, which led to his talk the next night about garbanzo puree.

Kelly, too, took issue with what I wrote, but to her credit she didn’t join in O’Reilly’s violent fantasies. “When somebody missteps, especially when it comes to any sort of speech or expression of opinion, the answer is to have more speech and opinion,” she said…

O’Reilly has every right to quarrel with my opinion or question my accuracy. But why resort to intimidation and violent imagery?