Bill O’Reilly’s selective moral chastising of teenage pregnancies = Media Putz
Originally published on MediaPutz.com on September 4, 2008
Bill O’Reilly hasn’t been seen on the Media PUTZ of the Week pages in over a year. We hadn’t forgotten about him, but we were waiting for something really juicy. Otherwise, O’Reilly could win it just about every week, and what fun would that be.
O’Reilly doesn’t like teenage pregnancies, and thinks the parents are at fault when it happens. Sounds like typical O’Reilly. But when we find out that 17-year-old Bristol Palin is 5 months pregnant, and her mother is running for vice president, what is O’Reilly reaction?
Those are crickets you hear, yes, O’Reilly’s reaction was not to talk about it.
Strange though, when we found out that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears was pregnant, O’Reilly had a different take.
On the pinhead front, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant. The sister of Britney says she is shocked. I bet.
Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her or even over Britney Spears. Look at the way she behaves.
We take it “pinhead” is bad or something. Anyway, O’Reilly didn’t think a teenager being pregnant was a good thing.
So sometimes, O’Reilly thinks it’s not okay for a teenager to be pregnant. But for O’Reilly, it’s more complicated.
Isn’t it interesting that BOR chose Mary Mitchell’s article (from the Chicago Sun-Times) about teens on Chicago’s south side, Obama territory, as an example of unfair “race baiting.”
Mitchell made an astute observation that when a black teenager from the Southside of Chicago becomes pregnant Republicans are more judgmental compared to the way they responded to Bristol Palin’s situation. BOR basically responded that it was not a race issue but a poverty issue reasoning that teen pregnancy is fine as long as he doesn’t have to pay for it.
So let’s try and follow the O’Reilly version of morality. It’s immoral if a poor teen becomes pregnant but it’s fine if the family can afford the child. And if it’s a celebrity he doesn’t like, and it still won’t cost him any money, he can hate it. And if the child comes from a Republican politician, it’s hands-off.
O’Reilly likes to play up his black-and-white look at the world, but on teenage pregnancies, there is so much gray for him on this issue that it blocks out the sun.
Those on the left have compassion for the young women in this situation, while those on the right, including Bill O’Reilly, vilify the teens and the parents, but only if it suits their needs or for political expediency.
For his continuing hysterical contradictions and spreading them on the airwaves, we gladly once again name Bill O’Reilly the Media Putz of the week.
Bill O’Reilly previously won the Media Putz on July 5, 2007.