Ya gotta love Politifact. Despite Bill O’Reilly’s contention that “Even though I reported on the doctor honestly, the loons asserted that my analysis of him was ‘hateful,’” we find O’Reilly stands corrected.
Those “loons” were pro-choice folks who assert that O’Reilly’s continuous coining of the late Dr. George Tiller as a “baby killer” was publicity that contributed to his assassination. “Chief of among the complaints was the doctor’s nickname, ‘Tiller the baby killer.’ Some prolifers branded him with that, and I reported it. So did hundreds of other news sources.” stated O’Reilly. So this isn’t hateful for you?:
We searched transcripts of The O’Reilly Factor, his show that appears on the Fox News Channel.
We found at least 42 instances of O’Reilly mentioning Tiller by name, going back to 2005. In 24 instances, we found that O’Reilly referred to Tiller specifically as a “baby killer.”
Most of the time, O’Reilly would simply refer to the Tiller as “Tiller the baby killer” or as “Dr. George Tiller, known as Tiller the baby killer” without attributing it to anyone. We found four times when O’Reilly said that “some” called him Tiller the baby killer. We did not find any instance where O’Reilly named an individual or a particular antiabortion group that referred to Tiller that way. (Emphasis mine)
Who’s the loon now? Read Jill’s Guardian piece for more.
h/t to MAC for the link.