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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/16/2012

O’Reilly: Boycotts/threats are un-American

The most outrageous thing that Bill O’Reilly says in the segment above is his final remark: “All right, guys — good debate.” Only it wasn’t a debate. It was O’Reilly shouting at two guests who dared to challenge his view that boycotts and other actions against media outlets — such as those recently aimed at Rush Limbaugh and MSNBC — are misguided.

“The entire boycott movement is garbage. The far left threatening sponsors who advertise on programs they don’t like is flat-out un-American,” fumed O’Reilly . In the same monologue, O’Reilly said this: “The marketplace should dictate these controversies.” Funny: The boycott is actually a function of a sparsely regulated marketplace. It’s an American orgasm of free speech, free commerce, civility and consumer empowerment.

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Tags:  Bill o'reilly, rush limbaugh, boycotts, msnbc

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