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The new McCarthy: Bill O'Reilly plans to publish online enemies list

He must be off his medication or something. Bill O'Reilly with each passing day seems to be plunging deeper and deeper into insanity. He's taken a page from the administration by trying to rewrite the history surrounding his remarks, unrepentant defenses and subsequent obfuscations. On last night's broadcast of Fox New Channel's O'Reilly Factor came the best yet. Think Progress provides the context and transcript:

Last Tuesday, Bill O’Reilly encouraged terrorists to target San Francisco because he was upset that the city voted to ban military recruiters from high-school and college campuses. O’Reilly said “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.”

At first, O’Reilly defended his comments as “not controversial.” That didn’t seem to work, so tonight he claimed the whole thing was a “satirical riff.”

In O’Reilly’s view the only real problem is the “internet smear sites” drawing attention to his comments:

Some far left internet smear sites have launched a campaign to get me fired over my point of view. I believe they do this on a daily basis. This time the theme is O’Reilly is encouraging terrorist attacks. Unbelievably stupid. Not unusual with these guttersnipes.

Fairly typical comments from O’Reilly. But he added an unusual twist. O’Reilly promised to publish the names of everyone who supported these “internet smear sites” on his website:

I’m glad the smear sites made a big deal out of it. Now we can all know who was with the anti-military internet crowd. We’ll post the names of all who support the smear merchants on billoreilly.com. So check with us.

It’s unclear where O’Reilly would find such a list. But since he has labeled everyone who supports websites like MediaMatters.org and ThinkProgress.org as “anti-military” it seems to be an effort to intimidate and shame our readers.

At the time this post was published, the promised list doesn’t appear on billoreilly.com. Stay tuned for updates.

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