Does Bill O'Reilly have blood on his hands in the murder of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller? To hear many left-leaning websites tell it, there's no real question. One of O'Reilly's regular targets, the Daily Kos, has put together a video montage of the dozens of segments O'Reilly has aired accusing Tiller of "executing babies" for "no reason whatsoever" in a Nazi-style "death mill."
But did O'Reilly's vitriol over Tiller's profession really incite the likes of anti-government activist Scott Roeder, the suspect in the murder? After all, O'Reilly -- though he was adamant that Tiller's actions amounted to nothing less than mass murder -- never actually directed anybody to go out and shoot him.
Here's O'Reilly Monday night, taking aim at those who would try to link him with this terrible crime:
This raises an interesting point about the power that entertainment has over those who consume it. O'Reilly himself often makes the case that there is a causal line to be drawn from entertainer to consumer, most notably as exemplified by gangsta rap. Indeed, for years many people on the right (and some on the left) have sought to hold heavy-metal groups accountable for crimes they believed were caused by listening to the groups' music. One wonders if those people will hold O'Reilly to that same standard.
As to the matter of late-term abortion, Andrew Sullivan has been posting some eye-opening stories from his readers who have undergone the procedure. What they make clear is that not everyone who has a late-term abortion (in one of the three facilities in the U.S. where they are performed) does so lightly.
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