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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.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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