Monday, June 1, 2009
Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his Wichita, Kansas, church Sunday morning. Tiller was one of the few U.S. physicians who still performed late-term abortions and had survived a 1993 shooting outside his clinic.
Is FOX News personality, Bill O’Reilly partially responsible for Tiller’s death?
No other media personality than Bill O’Reilly bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Dr. Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies for $5,000 a pop. Tiller’s name first appeared on “The Factor” on Feb. 25, 2005 and since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Invariably, describing the doctor as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
O’Reilly frequently linked Tiller to his longtime obsession, child molestation and rape. Because a young teenager who received an abortion from Tiller could, by definition, have been a victim of statutory rape, O’Reilly suggested that the clinic was somehow covering up for child rapists by refusing to release records on the abortions performed. HIPPA rules be damned.
The characterization of Dr. Tiller as a “baby killer” fits quite perfectly into the insane, organization of reality that typifies the radical, religious right. Dr. Tiller, according to Bill O’Reilly (as well as guest hosts Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham), was a decadent, Christ-child hating, elite who finally paid the price for his sins on “judgment day” in a church no less, in Wichita, KS.