Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Spin Stops Where?

The O'Reilly Factor has spun the Ward Churchill story out of control. Every day for almost a week, Bill O'Reilly has bemoaned Churchill's planned appearance at Hamilton College and expressed his moral outrage over an essay Churchill wrote. O'Reilly launched a campaign that would cause Churchill to resign as the Chairman of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado and now the state governor is calling for him to resign as professor. The event at Hamilton has been cancelled.

The essay, "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens" that is at the center of this controversy, was published on September 12th, 2001. But O'Reilly never mentions that it's nearly three and a half years old. Is that because it would make Bill's outrage less relevant and make the whole controversy less newsworthy? Probably so.

C'mon Bill, neglecting important facts (like dates) is spin too, isn't it? And by the way, where was your outrage three and a half years ago?


Sammy Bodean said...

I think I ventured into bizzarro world.

thc said...

Sammy: Why do you say that?