By Diamonte McKoy
Born in New York City in 1949, William James O’Reilly began his television career in local news outlets around the country. As a correspondent, he won several Emmy awards before moving to Inside Edition, a popular “infotainment” program. When Fox News launched, he was hired to host his own program, The O’Reilly Factor, featuring conservative commentary and interviews, which quickly became a success. With his direct style of commentary, he became known for very controversial statements and ended up having the country’s most watched cable news program.
Bill O’Reilly considers himself an “investigative historian.” O’Reilly has written a handful of books which are very controversial because of his hypothesis. One is a book about the March 1981 assassination attempt of Reagan. The book’s hypothesis is that the trauma of the March 1981 assassination attempt (on Reagan) somehow triggered in Reagan a mental decline, perhaps accelerating the Alzheimer’s disease that would not be diagnosed until 13 years later.
Another one of O’Reilly’s articles was fairly recent, and it makes you think about how relevant racism is today. Here’s a snippet of the article:
“On the political front, reparations for slavery is the goal; cash payments to African-Americans for the suffering of their ancestors. If you oppose the anti-white movement, you instantly commit a ‘micro-aggression’ against non-white people and, of course, that must be punished. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brutally assassinated 50 years ago this week by a true racist, made it quite clear: people are not to be judged by the color of their skin. Dr. King, I believe, would be very upset with the growing attacks on ‘whiteness.’ These racial assaults deeply divided Americans and create seething resentment.”
Just last year there was a major controversy with O’Reilly’s career. Reports surfaced of sexual assault allegations and he was fired from Fox News. He supposedly paid a women $32 million dollars to settle the allegations, claiming it didn’t happen and blames God. Although he does not work for Fox News, O’Reilly is still writing books and unofficially reporting on Twitter and other social media.