So is Bill O'Reilly a racist or just really ignorant? I'm guessing both. I think it's fair to say that anyone who bases his expectations of a person's behavior on their skin color can be called a racist. It's not the kind of in-your-face racism that we saw from Michael Richards, for example, but it's still racism.
Ignorant? A cursory examination of his many writings and ravings will confirm that analysis.
Let's see, there was the time he invited al Qaeda to destroy San Francisco...
We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.
Then there was his humanistic wish about Hurricane Katrina...
I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded them out, and I wouldn't have rescued them.
But in perhaps his most compassionate moment, he implied that an 11-year-old kidnap victim had enjoyed his captivity...
The situation here for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents. He didn't have to go to school. He could run around and do whatever he wanted.
O'Reilly is the kind of guy who will say anything, whether it's true or not, to make a point. But if someone is bold enough to point out that the emperor has no clothes, Billo will lash out at the accuser with a white-hot fervor, labeling him a far-left liberal, a secular humanist, or his ultimate put-down, a pinhead. The fact that he has such a huge audience says something very sad and very scary about the American viewing public.
O'Reilly has proven the truth of the old adage that you'll never go broke underestimating the taste of the American public.