Billo Reilly's (KTTH m-f, 9-11p) conflating DailyKos with the KKK, and the neo-nazis shows how wounded is The Big Fat Head by the withering criticism he suffers from the left.
And like other big, dumb beasts, he can be dangerous if wounded.
Kos is the largest political blog in the country logging in some 14
million hits a day; no responsible observer can say they're
anything but pragmatically mainstream liberal. The real problem they
have with the right is they're effective activists motate their forces
and raise grassroots political money fast.
They're a community of like-minded citizens, and not remotely comparable to the nihilistic, right-wing fringe groups like the neo-nazis.
Except in O'Reilly's mind, and for O'Reilly's purposes.
Billo cherry-picked some random hateful comments out of millions that found on DKos- none from actual posts.
There's no difference between the KKK and the Nazis, who have websites, than the Daily Kos. Because the Daily Kos is basically saying, "We're allowing this kind of thing to come on. It's good that Tony Snow has a recurrence of cancer; we hope he dies. We're sorry the assassination attempt against Dick Cheney failed; let them try again." And on and on and on and on.
(Billo also smears Media Matters as a hard left, hate site financed by George Soros. MM isn't financed by anyone (they don't need George Soros' money). Their sins, apparently, are that they put up audio and video clips of O'Reilly's own words- indictments themselves when heard by reasonable people).
DKos should probably should enforce their anti-hate-speech rules a better, (shouldn't we all?) but none of the remarks cited come close to the day-to-day, good-morning America spewage on the neo-nazi Stormfront; the homophobic Michael Savage show; or the bittermouthed zealousy of Michelle Malkin's Web sites.
Or old Billo who's joked about killing Michael Moore; angrily hoped out loud that Al Queda would bomb liberal San Francisco; called Mexicans "wetbacks," and sticks by his claim that violent lesbian street gangs are a "growing problem" in the streets of America.
Dave Neiwert at Orcinus has made a journalistic career covering the extreme right and he writes:
"... where, exactly, does O'Reilly think people like the Klan (which also indulges frequently in gay-bashing) get their raw material from, anyway? They get it from supposedly "mainstream" sources like O'Reilly and Lou Dobbs. Were O'Reilly to spend any time perusing far-right websites, he might be appalled to see how many times his reportage is cited by them -- particularly in such chat forums as the neo-Nazi favorite, Stormfront, where O'Reilly's reportage is a real favorite, even though O'Reilly himself is dismissed as a "neocon" by the white-supremacy purists."
O'Reilly recently had a thuggish producer ambush the CEO of JetBlue in the doorway of the man's building. The company had made the error of giving some plane tickets in an ad trade to the YearlyKos convention in Chicago next week.
Caught flatfooted, the hapless,apolitical, yet chickenshit JetBlue suit withdrew the tickets.
Watch 2008 presidential Democratic candidates come to YearlyKos next week to kiss the rings of the assembled bloggers, who'll have more influence than ever in this election.
With true McCarthey-ite tactics, O'Reilly promises to send Fox Newsthugs over to "out" the candidates who show themselves in solidarity with these "extremists."
The hate that comes from the extremist right has a special quality, an extraordinary viciousness that makes clear that its purveyors are simply monsters with rotted smegma for souls. Pretending that what comes out of a mainstream political website like DailyKos bears any relation to them is false, irresponsible, and profoundly misleads the public that is Bill O'Reilly's audience.