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Bill O'Reilly Defends His Nazi Analogies

(EDITORIAL NOTE) Bill O'Reilly explains that he had a good reason for comparing Arianna Huffington to Nazis.

by John P. Reisman

Editors Note: Bill defended his calling Arianna Huffington a Nazi by claiming that Jon Stewart did not understand his context. He then went on to explain that he was calling Arianna Huffinton a Nazi because a random blog poster posted something on the Huffington web site regarding Nancy Reagan that he felt was offensive. Bill apparently thinks this excuses his usage of the term?

The reasonable questions then follow, how and

  1. Why does he think Arianna Huffington is a Nazi, because of some random blog post on the internet?
  2. Does Bill O'Reilly think Arianna can control what hundreds of thousands of blog posters say?
  3. Does Bill O'Reilly think that Arianna personally reads and approves hundreds of thousands of blog posts?
  4. Does Bill O'Reilly realize that the blog poster was not Arianna Huffington?
  5. Does Bill O'Reilly realize that he was stretching this premise maybe just a little bit... that Arianna is a Nazi because of some random blog post?
  6. Does Bill O'Reilly read and approve every single blog post on his web site?
  7. Is Bill O'Reilly a reflection of every single blog post on his web site?
  8. If someone says something rude or inappropriate on Bill O'Reilly's web site, does that then mean that Bill O'Reilly is a Nazi?

Based on Bill's record, it can be safely said that his argument is based on his own premise, and therefore spin in an attempt to make his statements 'sound' reasonable, but in the world of comprehensive reasoning, it fails.

Following Bill's logic, If anyone were to go onto Bill O'Reilly's web site and actually claim to be Nazi, or say something similar to the comment he was reacting to that trigger BIll's Nazi button, then by virtue of his own reasoning, Bill would also be a Nazi.

To illustrate how incorrect, Bill O'Reilly and Fox News commentators and guests are, in their inferences and context regarding the use of the Nazi reference: Doing somethign that is physically non violent, nor illegal, and yet offensive and rude to some, 'is not' Nazism. It's Americanism! The protection of free speech is a founding tenet of the Constitution of the United States of America.

To compare someone that exercises free speech rights, however objectionable, to the violence and immorality of the Nazi regime that physically tortured and murdered millions of innocent people is not merely absurd, it is the polar opposite of reasonable.

This is I believe the point of Jon Stewart's position and is reasonable. Reasoning should always be examined to discover how 'reasonable' a position is with regard to the principles of logic and ratiocination.

To put this succinctly, if one follows Bill O'Reilly's 'line of reasoning', then, just as Arianna Huffington is a Nazi, because of a random offensive blog post, Bill O'Reilly is also a Nazi.

His reasoning and logic fails on its own premise. This is why it is at least reasonably clear that, whether he realizes it or not, he is in fact spinning the narrative in his self-proclaimed 'no-spin' zone. In other words, Bill O'Reilly's 'No-Spin Zone' is in fact a "Spin Zone'.

Bill O'Reilly Defends His Nazi Analogies

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