Fact of the Day: Billy O.’s “baby killer.”

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.

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  • EmberNight

    There’s some good ol’ unbiased reporting, Bill. Calling liberals ‘loons’ is a nice touch, too.

  • Siby

    These people either want doctors dead, or they’re just plain stupid.. Or a combination of the two. I have no idea how someone can use all of this hateful rhetoric and then act totally surprised when the guy that they’ve targeted gets shot dead.
    The anti-choice groups that say that they condemn Dr. Tiller’s murder are just full of crap. Not only do they continue to terrorize another doctor (Dr. Carhart) almost immediately after Dr. Tiller’s assassination, but they also hire people who have actually spent time in prison for conspiring to bomb abortion clinics *coughcough Cheryl Sullenger coughcough*. Those people got exactly what they wanted.

  • Mishi

    O’Reilly spouts bullshit about Dr. Tiller being a murderer of babies and then he tries to act all surprised when one of his loyal followers decides the best way to stop a “Murderer” is to kill them?
    Bullshit bullshit bullshit.
    O’Reilly deserves all the hate and blame that comes his way. Him and men like him killed one of America’s heroes. A man who saved the lives of thousands of women. Your analysis of him WAS hateful O’Reilly. It was hateful and murderous in intent.

  • Mighty Ponygirl

    There’s a degree where you have to wonder if the rhetoric of Bill’O, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, etc are to the level of shouting “fire” in a crowded theater yet.

  • anteup

    Bill and Glenn are crazies.
    In other news, the sky is blue.

  • Furiousfemale

    He’s also been an insensitive prick in his reporting on the BS reasons he believes Tiller performed these abortions, trivializing women’s mental health in the process.