"And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."
Fox TV's Bill O'Reilly during his radio show on 11/8/05
Most San Franciscan's are used to right wing and conservative commentators like Bill O'Reilly and we expect to be criticized and sometimes 'picked on' by radio and TV hosts. But I didn't expect the level of violence and vindictiveness from O'Reilly's election day remarks against all San Franciscans - Giving Al Queda the Green Light to Attack SF . The only thing that distinguishes O'Reilly from your typical schoolyard bully is that he has a national mass audience through Fox TV and other networks. Despite O'Reilly's subsequent efforts to downplay his remarks, I agree with progressive Supervisor Chris Daly [see below] that concerned folks should contact Fox News and demand that O'Reilly's show be cancelled.
SF Schools parent and blogger extraordinaire KC Jones hit the nail on the head with his comments:
Now I know why I voted for Prop I - O'Reilly is such an idiot:
"'You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium and I say, 'Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds," ' O'Reilly said Tuesday on his radio show as San Franciscans were approving the two measures.How dare San Francisco exercise their voting rights! How dare they get out of line! I can almost hear him breaking into another apoplectic round of "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!"
Now I know, Prop I was worth it.
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Progressive SF Supervisor Chris Daly fired back calling for Fox TV to fire O'Reilly -
The Daly Blog - November 11, 2005
Fire Bill O'Reilly
I love San Francisco. When I heard what Bill O'Reilly had to say about our City on his Tuesday radio broadcast , I couldn't sit still...
And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.
I continue to be outraged.
Given how the conservatives have used the tragic events of September 11th and the heroism of New York's fire fighters to forward their political agenda over the past 4 years, it's hard to miss the irony of O'Reilly's target selection.Of course San Franciscans know that Coit Tower, the fire hose nozzle on Telegraph Hill, was built as a monument to San Francisco's fire fighters. I called my friend, San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 President John Hanley, this morning to find out what he thought. Hanley was livid. He joined me outside of Station #3 on Post Street, America's busiest firehouse, to call on Fox News and Westwood One to fire Bill O'Reilly.
It's harder still to miss that Bill O'Reilly is full of hate. It's fine to disagree with San Francisco's majority opinion for gun control, against the war and military recruiting, or for gay marriage. But to green-light another terrorist attack on American soil crosses way over the line. We are a diverse city with people from all walks of life. Families with children live here, Mr. O'Reilly. Your comments are chilling, un-American and make you little better than the terrorists.
Fox News and Westwood One have a great responsibility as broadcasters to the American public. Both should take immediate action to terminate their contracts with Mr. O'Reilly.
Fire Bill: vol. 2
Got a call from Todd Chretian early last night. The Prop I author had just appeared on "The Situation with Tucker Carlson." He'd been contacted by an "O'Reilly Factor" producer offering me a one-on-one debate with O'Reilly.
A fair debate with O'Reilly? Anytime. Anywhere.
Of course, there's never been a fair debate on O'Reilly's show. So where does that leave us? Well, KPIX, San Francisco's CBS affiliate has offered to host. I think Coit Tower would be a great venue.
The call to fire Bill O'Reilly has gotten some seconds. There's a couple of threads up on Daily Kos including one encouraging folks to boycott O'Reilly's sponsors. With O'Reilly digging in, this could get even more interesting.
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On a personal note, in January 2003 after I authored a major anti-war resolution for the SF School District on the eve of the Iraq War [which passed unanimously at our school board] O'Reilly's TV staff were frantically trying to interview me and my co-author School Board Commissioner Mark Sanchez. They pursued us like pit bulls. But fortunately, we both resisted, knowing what a sham of a 'news program' the O'Reilly Factor really is. Too bad Oakland School Board member and former anti-war leader and civil rights lawyer Dan Siegel went on the show, and too bad former SF politicians like Angela Alioto get suckered into appearing on O'Reilly's show since their appearances only serve to legitimize O'Reilly and the right wing propaganda he promotes. And, O'Reilly's show makes the interviewees also look like idiots and suckers as well to their audience. Great fun for the talk show hosts to further 'bully' anyone or any City that they disagree with. Not too different than schoolyard bullies...