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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Bill O’Reilly still doesn’t understand boycotts

Last week Bill O’Reilly had this to say about efforts to silence Rush Limbaugh (and others): “The entire boycott movement is garbage. The far left threatening sponsors who advertise on programs they don’t like is flat-out un-American.”

This week O’Reilly rails against the $100,000 ad campaign that Media Matters is waging against Limbaugh. He argues: “There’s something very fascist about all this — shut down your opposition; don’t let them speak. . . . In every totalitarian state in the world, that is tactic No. 1: silence the opposition.”

Think about this. In how many totalitarian societies could: 1) an advocacy organization raise six figures for a campaign; 2) avail itself of unregulated airwaves to place that campaign before the public; and 3) wage that campaign against a bloviating talk show host who rails against the totalitarian state’s top leaders all week long?

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