The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

07 January 2008

HuffPo Fears Obama Will Be Killed And Blame Bill O'Reilly


Crackpot Liberals Claim O'Reilly's Risking Obama's Safety

Though it's not a surprise to see the "progressive" left go nuts attacking Bill O'Reilly after his confrontation with an Obama aide in New Hampshire, their line of "reasoning" has quickly descended into partisan kookdom.

Is it really reasonable to suggest Obama may soon face assassination, an event now somehow inspired by the FOX News Channel host? That's the wacky assertion of the Huffington Post, where former Harvard professor and onetime Yale dean Robert Brustein has succeeded in stealing Oliver Stone's conspiratorial thunder:

The extraordinary surge of confidence and goodwill generated by the Obama victory in Iowa has brought hope to many American hearts that our sorely divided country may at last have a chance to be united again.

That same condition is also increasing fears that, with all this expectation embodied in a single man, he might fall victim to an assassin's bullet. America does not have a very distinguished record regarding the protection of its more inspirational public figures, beginning with the death of Abraham Lincoln at the hands of an an actor in Ford's Theatre. In the course of a single decade in the twentieth century, Jack Kennedy was shot in a Dallas motorcade; Martin Luther King was killed on a Memphis hotel balcony; and Bobby Kennedy was gunned down in the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel. No wonder Colin Powell decided not to run for president in the 2000 election. Some estimates gave him a 20 percent probability of being picked off at the podium.

After the recent murder of Benazir Bhutto, we realize once again that nothing excites the forces of hate and fear more than the prospect of decency and reconciliation. And if Obama wins the New Hampshire primary, as now looks likely, the incidence of violence on the campaign trial will increase exponentially. The recent chilling encounter in New Hampshire between Bill O'Reilly and an Obama aide was a forecast of how easily mad dog media men can stimulate mad dog hit men.

In this case, O'Reilly played both roles. Because he believed Obama's aide to be standing in front of his camera, the O'Reilly Factor Factotum, his face distorted with rage, showered abuse on the 6'8" aide and physically shoved him out of his way.

On that occasion, the Secret Service moved in quickly to cart the offensive O'Reilly away from the scene of confrontation. But what safeguards do the government have in place to prevent some ravenous red state acolyte from deciding there is no place in American politics for a man with African blood? Is our Secret Service any better equipped for such contingencies than Musharriff's secret police? And what will be the official government position should such an attempt succeed? The Musharraf rationale? That the victim assassinated himself by appearing in public?

Aside from the fact that Obama is certainly no JFK, Bhutto, Lincoln or King, if Brustein has any substantive information related to the candidate's safety, he should alert the authorities at once. Otherwise, the entire premise of his piece is pure hot air.

Elsewhere, liberal blogger Steve Young at least tries to make a case for an Obama boycott of O'Reilly's show based on the host's stances, but the senator would be foolish to miss the opportunity: a true "uniter" and leader wouldn't be afraid of dissenting viewpoints or anyone on television.

And of course, MSNBC and the libtalk crowd will be making hay out the incident later today, with many cheap shots expected from the O'Reilly- obsessed Keith Olbermann.

But as additional still shots and video clips emerge from the altercation, it's clear their contention that O'Reilly is a threat has about as much credibility as Stone's JFK movie. In the top left image, taken by an al-Reuters fotog, the Secret Service agent is merely keeping Bill and the oversized Obama tuffy at arm's length.

There's no indication O'Reilly was "frisked" or "carted away", as the left contends. In fact, at one point, the agent is seen having a quick laugh and makes no attempt at keeping the Factor host away from Obama himself.

If Bill was seen as a threat, he wouldn't have been allowed within a mile of the candidate.

Don't take your Radio Equalizer's word for it, there are two new video clips available of the incident. Here's the first:

And the second, via C-SPAN:

In addition, O'Reilly will air his own footage of the event on tonight's Factor. Based on what we've seen so far, what has emerged is a ticked off cable host, upset over being intentionally blocked.

According to the Salem News, he was in fact blocked on purpose:

The FOX host stood in a fairly unpopulated part of the room at first. Once he was spotted the Obama staffers reportedly began to huddle. Three policemen showed up, too. One of them stood in front of O'Reilly until the talk show host asked him to move.

That is when Obama's staffer Marvin Nicholson took up the same post the policeman had stood, in front of the Fox camera.

O'Reilly yelled, "You're blocking our shot."

At that point Nicholson reportedly said, "Oh, am I?"

If intentionally blocked in the same way, would Keith Olbermann or any of his mainstream media friends have remained calm? In this business, not bloody likely. Careers in broadcasting are not for the weak or timid among us.

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UPDATE: Washington Times says supporters feel Obama will be targeted for assassination, security beefed up as a result

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  • "Because he believed Obama's aide to be standing in front of his camera..."

    lol! o'reilly also apparently "believed" that he was there as a correspondent for fox news. damn these reichwingers and their "beliefs"!

    "...showered abuse on the 6'8" aide and physically shoved him out of his way."

    why doesn't he go pick on someone his own size?

    By Blogger cloris, at 07 January, 2008 10:29  

  • Cloris,

    Bill O is 6' 6" himself. You mind being stupid elsewhere? Maybe the HuffPo would be interested in your stupidities?

    I believe it is the unhinged lefties that will try to assassinate GOP candidates.

    By Blogger PCD, at 07 January, 2008 14:54  

  • No, I think we're more worried about a repeat of JFK, RFK, MLK...should I go on?

    The neocon scum that has wrested control of this nation's government will not cede that power so willingly...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 07 January, 2008 18:51  

  • All that hash has made you paranoid. Boo!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 08 January, 2008 01:28  

  • Heightened awareness, little girl, heightened awareness...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 08 January, 2008 14:18  

  • Howie Carr mentioned this the other day (I think on Monday up in NH) that Marvin Nicholson was John Kerry's comb carrier (

    I remember he was a topic of much derision during the 2004 campaign. I just got around to checking on it after not seeing any mention of Kerry in the post (maybe it's picked up on one of the links?)

    --AW (I can't for the life of me remember my google/blogger account)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09 January, 2008 11:51  

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