August 26

After living through the commentary and news coverage of Ferguson over the last two weeks and then hearing the blatant political grandstanding at Michael Brown’s funeral yesterday, I found myself wishing some thoughtful soul on the left would give a slow, patient, informed response to Bill O’Reilly’s “Memo” from his August 20 show, “The truth about Ferguson.” You can watch the full video or read the transcript here.

A protestor holds a sign of MichaelBrown Jr. after a rally in support of MichaelBrown Jr. and police brutality at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 6. (Michael B. Thomas/AFP Getty Images)
A protestor holds a sign of Michael Brown Jr. after a rally in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 6. (Michael B. Thomas/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

The political correctness machine is working on overdrive and has distorted the debate over what might have happened in Ferguson. There is an innate bias on the political left to use Ferguson as an indictment of the police and police work everywhere, stifling the debate about what it all means and, with it, whatever “teachable moment” might be gleaned from the incident. I suspect even this post may anger many who don’t want anything but wholesale acquiescence to the notion that Ferguson is representative of some much larger problem in the United States that requires nationwide, obedient contrition.

Anyone who suggests we still don’t have a full picture of what happened that day is vulnerable to being labeled as ignorant, regressive and indifferent to the plight of those left out of the American dream. Really? The rush to assign blame (beyond just the officer involved in the shooting) has inhibited coverage of the facts, the investigation and the commonsensical questions that this matter deserves.

The left isn’t doing anyone a favor by suppressing serious analysis. O’Reilly’s clear thinking raises a lot of issues that deserve a respectful response.

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