I know…Bill O’Reilly? But credit where credit is due:
No. 1 cable news host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday that he will personally write a check to cover $16,500 in legal costs for the father of a fallen U.S. Marine who sued the members of a church who picketed his son’s funeral.
According to news reports, the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, located in Topeka, Kan., believe that God is punishing the United States because of its acceptance of gay people. The church garners attention for its views by protesting high-profile funerals.
On March 3, 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder died in a non-combat related vehicle accident in Al Anbar province in Iraq.
“He was a hero and he was the love of my life,” said Albert Snyder, Matthew’s grieving father.
Here he is talking about the case with Fox News legal experts, Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle, last night on his show:
I have to say Kudos to Bill O’Reilly, also, for his handling of the current *racist tea party* meme that’s all the rage in Washington right now. After watching too many hosts passively accept the charges of racism against the March 20th DC protesters, I implored news hosts to please ask for evidence before accepting the charge. He’s been doing just that, (not that he cares what I have to say) in fact nailing Al Sharpton earlier this week:
SHARPTON: Bill, you cannot deny there are some racial components in this.
O’REILLY: Hold it. Hold it.
SHARPTON: Does that make everybody a Tea Party racist? I don’t think…
O’REILLY: I am going to deny that. Here is what I’m going to deny. I’m going to deny that the Tea Party platform, the movement itself is based on race at all. It isn’t. What happens is, in any organization, including your own, you have nuts. You have loons. People who take it way too far who may be racist themselves. You cannot demonize any organization by the actions of a few in a demonstration. That’s insane.
SHARPTON: I don’t think you can do that. But I think that if we were to sit here and say that in the Tea Party that there is not some leaves in that tea bag that are racist.
O’REILLY: Well, then, you’ve got to prove, you’ve got to make that — you’ve got to prove it. You have got to prove it.
SHARPTON: People standing outside of Congress using the n-word.
O’REILLY: How do you know they did that?
SHARPTON: I have seen the tape.
O’REILLY: There is no tape. There is no tape with the n-word on it. There’s no way. Let’s be clear. There is no tape.
And here he is again with Alan Colmes, last night.
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!