Geraldo Sticks it to Bill O'Reilly
GERALDO: "Cool your jets! It has nothing to do with illegal aliens…it has to do with drunk driving! Don't obscure a tragedy to make a cheap political point. It is a cheap political point and you know it!!"
Background from Oliver Willis:
"A young girl was tragically killed by a drunk driver. But this was not enough for O'Reilly. Instead, because the criminal was an illegal alien he added this incident to his ongoing crusade against the brown people. Luckily Geraldo was on the show and he - to his credit - called out O'Reilly's xenophobia for exactly what it was. This drove Bill O'Reilly insane. I was almost certain he was going to reach across the table and hit Geraldo."
The issue is drunk driving, not immigration -- as correctly noted by the victim's family and the town Mayor.
The mayor and Tessa Tranchant's father both said that making an issue out of immigration loses the focus that the girls were killed by a man that police said was driving drunk. Ray Tranchant said, "We need to heal, and to bring immigration, that's disrespectful to a family who's just mourning."
I wonder if O'Reilly will have Tom Tancredo on tomorrow night to try and help him bail from his wanton performance tonight.
Update: For the most colorful description of the segment, check out TRex at Firedoglake, who also suggests the proper punishment for O'Reilly: He should be "soundly spanked and sent to the Hague without any dinner."
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