If you’re familiar with the work of Bill O’Reilly, then you know that he is a master of the dog whistle. Take, for instance, that time he trotted out a thinly veiled version of the old “Jews secretly run the government and media” in an attack on George Soros. But that’s the thing about dog whistles. They’re always thinly veiled. They are always designed to give the person using them plausible deniability.
Well, last night Bill O’Reilly threw away his dog whistle. He came out and admitted what exactly it is he’s defending, and that’s the supremacy of the “white establishment.” The lines he drew were clear: Liberals want to dismantle white privilege. They believe diversity is good. (We do!) But Bill thinks the audacity to hope that the establishment doesn’t have to be white is a bridge too far. Don’t take my word for it, here’s Fox News’s own tweet about it.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 21, 2016
And this is one of those rare instances when the outrage-inducing screenshot actually is somehow WORSE in context.
So, yeah. Bill O’Reilly isn’t trying to hide anything. He thinks white people should control things, and he wants to prepare his viewers to fight for that idea. Of course, liberals aren’t saying white people shouldn’t be involved in government or shouldn’t have any power; they’re just saying power shouldn’t be so consolidated. This is a classic example of the tried-and-true adage: When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. I guess if there’s a silver lining to all this, it’s that at least he’s being honest with us.