Friday, June 01, 2007

Breaking down "the white, Christian, male power structure"

By Michael J.W. Stickings

McCain on O'Reilly. An ugly exchange.

Discussing the (sensible, compromise) immigration bill, O'Reilly said this: "But do you understand what The New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you're a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you've got to cap with a number... But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don't know, I don't know. We've got to cap it."

And McCain responded: "We do, we do. I agree with you."

O'Reilly and McCain -- defending "the white, Christian, male power structure". Which is to say -- promoting a racist, sexist theocracy.

Rarely are we provided with such insight into the conservative mind.

Steve Benen comments: "Think about it — if a KKK official appeared on Fox News, wouldn’t you expect him to make similar comments?" Yes, absolutely. And this is not just as offensive as what Don Imus said, it's far more serious. But why won't Bill O'Reilly be fired and, as justice would have it, consigned to irrelevance and obscurity, if not oblivion? Because of the ratings, because conservatives love him. Those who also desire a racist, sexist theocracy -- and America isn't one (anymore -- or yet), whatever the signs, even if he thinks (or hopes) it is -- will keep him right where he is, spewing his venom night after night.

Here's the YouTube clip (also at the Dems' website). The exchange quoted above comes near the end, but the entire clip is instructive:

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