LA Times Threatens O'Reilly with Secret Service

Richard A Whitenight rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Wed May 25 19:28:27 MDT 2005

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 2:16 p.m. EDT
LA Times Threatens O'Reilly with Secret Service
The Los Angeles Times is slamming Bill O’Reilly – for slamming the Los
Angeles Times.

The newspaper has warned the "telephilosopher” to stop his "decapitation
fantasies” involving Times editorial page editor Michael Kinsley – or
face trouble from the Secret Service.
It all started with a Times editorial urging the shutdown of the
terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and access to
attorneys for detainees.
That set off O’Reilly. During the broadcast of "The Radio Factor with
Bill O’Reilly” on May 17, he declared:
"How can they think this way? How can anyone think this way? You know,
‘Shutting down Guantanamo and giving suspected terrorists legal
protections would help restore our reputation abroad.'”
Said O’Reilly: "That’s like saying, 'Well, if we’re nicer to the people
who want to kill us, then the other people who want to kill us will like
us more.'”
Then he fired off the big gun, saying the paper’s editorial board will
"never get it until they (the terrorists) grab Michael Kinsley out of his
little house and they cut his head off. And maybe when the blade sinks
in, he’ll go, ‘Perhaps O’Reilly was right.’”
The Times counterattacked in a May 24 editorial. Questioning why people
the U.S. has liberated from tyranny "don’t love us,” the paper stated:
"It doesn’t seem worthy of decapitation to suggest that ghastly stories
(not all fabricated by Newsweek) about abuse of prisoners don’t help.”
The Times has long had an axe to grind with Fox News. Much of the paper’s
anger no doubt comes from Fox’s coverage of the Times’ last-minute smear
job on Arnold Schwarzenegger in the days leading up to the 2003
gubernatorial recall race.
For the moment, O’Reilly is in the liberal paper’s crosshairs, warning:
"O’Reilly should be careful. Any further decapitation fantasies could get
him in serious trouble with the Secret Service.”
It seems the paper has difficulty distinguishing between a threat and a
"fantasy.” And when it comes to actual threats against its employees, the
paper may want to check with its lawyers on whom to contact.
The Secret Service deals with threats against the President and Vice
President, not editorial writers.
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