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Friday, January 4, 2013

I Guess We Should Be Grateful He Didn't Use the Word "Orientals"

Posted by on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Media Matters noticed that Bill O'Reilly decided he had a lot to say about Asian-Americans yesterday. Here's video:

The money shot is this: "...Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They're usually more industrious and hard-working." There is so much wrong with those two sentences that I don't even know where to begin. First of all, Republicans are going to have to get off this bullshit theory that all liberals are lazy. It's a big reason why Mitt Romney lost the presidency, and it's an off-putting fallacy. Second, Gallup disagrees with O'Reilly. Third, you might not want to insult an incredibly diverse group of Americans with broad generalizations if you're trying to win their vote.


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evilvolus 1
Bill O'Reilly doesn't want their vote. He wants your viewership.

Troll 1, Paul 0.
Posted by evilvolus on January 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM · Report this
Gurldoggie 2
Whatever nonsense he was spouting was given greater credibility by the montage of leg and butt footage.
Posted by Gurldoggie on January 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 3
"First of all, Republicans are going to have to get off this bullshit theory that all liberals are lazy. It's a big reason why Mitt Romney lost the presidency, and it's an off-putting fallacy."

It was only a problem for Mitt Romney when Mitt Romney was caught saying it. And for the record, he didn't say "liberals," he said "47% of Americans." Frankly, if he HAD just said "liberals," it wouldn't have had any impact. And since this is being stated by Bill O'Reilly, professional liberal basher, that part of it will have even less impact.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Just because practically everyone in the US either doesn't know about or likes to pretend the Chinese Exclusion Act (and a long litany of other abuses sanctioned by the federal government against persons of Asian descent) never happened doesn't mean members of the impacted groups have forgotten.
Posted by usagi on January 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
O'Reilly? Isn't he that drunken Irishman?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
but i'm liberal AND i'm lazy. so o'reilly's right!
Posted by Max Solomon on January 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Report this
I am outraged
Posted by outraged on January 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Knat 8
O'Reilly couldn't find anyone to talk to but one of his own yes-man producers? That's pathetic.
Posted by Knat on January 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
@8 There would have been consequences for anyone else.
Posted by sahara29 on January 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM · Report this
LogopolisMike 10
@6 Was going to say the same thing but glad I didn't have to because you did. Which makes me even lazier maybe.
Posted by LogopolisMike on January 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Right on, @4 usagi! The word, "camp" doesn't conjure up memories of making lanyards in a cabin next to Lake Winnipesaukee for people in my community.

Nope, we understand that when racist blowhards like O'Reilly get to decide who the "real Americans" are, we're all in trouble.

Posted by Mr. Happy Sunshine on January 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
@1 for the insightful win.

He just wants ad revenue and he'll say anything to get it. Controversy pays the bills. Which he then stores offshore in illegal deposits.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
I work beside a number of hard-working Asian immigrants: they voted Democratic, and for Obama.

Even those with limited English skills, had figured out that the Republicans weren't their best bet.
Posted by judybrowni on January 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM · Report this
I'm guessing O'Rielly also thinks Asian's make excellent dry cleaner's, corner store owners, math geeks and subservient/dragon wives. But nothing else.
Posted by chimp on January 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 15
Bill O'Reilly?

Wake me up when someone important says something important.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM · Report this
What exactly is up with the footage of "Asians" on the street in Hawaii?

It is like some creeper footage or someone trying to catch a prostitute. You only see legs and ass and it is just the same two women over and over in different spots because they are trailing them in a car?!?!?!
Posted by jnonymous on January 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this
You and your people (bloggers) all look alike.
Posted by Bean on January 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Sandiai 18
So Asians are normally industrious and conservative, except in environments like Hawaii where they succumb to The Drugs and become lazy Democratic prostitutes? I don't get the premise. Drugs make normally-conservative people liberal? Asians are more susceptible to drug-abuse? Californians are ruining a normally conservative state?
I think I'd be offended if he made any sense.

@6 and @10, I'd like to be lazy, but I have too much work to do.

The Naturalized Asians I work with are all Democrats. But I work at the Patent Office with a bunch of PhDs. Of course they're going to vote intelligently.
Posted by Sandiai on January 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Asians vote democrat because the party is now the party of the sensible center, under both Clinton and now Obama. Put Jesse or Al on the ticket, and watch them flee.
Posted by The Chinaman on January 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 20
Asians are more industrious and Gay folk are more flamboyant.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 4, 2013 at 3:01 PM · Report this
I think that having reluctantly (each time) accepted Germans, then Irish, then Italians, then Poles, then even Hebrews as 'white, or white enough', the Republicans are angling to make 'Orientals' (those people _love_ the term) the next addition to the 'white' team.
Posted by Gerald Fnord on January 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM · Report this
This is the same Bill O'Riley that can't understand tides and thinks they're a complete mystery that man kind will never solve? Yes, I can see why talking about this intellectual giant of conservative media is important.

That was sarcasm (in case you couldn't tell).
Posted by montex on January 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM · Report this
It's obvious, and has been for some time, that O'Reilley is a double agent on our side.
Biggest proof: Bill OReilly does a better job of keeping conservatives in their place (and out of office) than Stephen Colbert.
He always misdirects the neo-con sheep into worthless issues (more effectively than Glenn Beck leads his sheep to worthless gold investments).

weakest, but funnest proof:
Conspiratorialists, please note also:
Colbert plays the part of an O'reilly knockoff neo-conservatron.
Colbert calls Bill "Papa Bear".
Colbert consistantly calls Bears the #1 threat on the threatdown.

ergo... Conservative character "Colbert" believes Bill the biggest threat (to neo-cons like him).
They are both no less fictional than the other.

That's truthiness.

Posted by JulietteF on January 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
sperifera 24
As is always the case, @7 FTW
Posted by sperifera on January 5, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this

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