Monday night, Bill Oâ€™Reilly delivered â€œan impassioned talking points memo.â€ As described by Foxinsider.com, Oâ€™Reilly â€œtackled the race problem facing America and the lack of leadership by the president to solve these issues.â€ Â Last night, Oâ€™Reilly continued the theme by haranguing Marc Morial, who leads the National Urban League to â€œStop the BS!â€ on â€œblack crime,â€ family breakdown, and other matters. Maybe tonight, O’Reilly will shift gears to call out Â Janice Weinman, executive director of Hadassah, for not doing enough to support traditional Jewish values.
Among other things, Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s talking points memo asked: â€œWhen was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant?â€ This is a good question, though his viewing audience may not be the best people to answer it. Apparently, 64% of his viewers are older than age 50 and 40% are age 65 or older. Moreover, according to this (ok-dated) 2005 report, Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s Nielson rating hits something like 0.2 among African-American women. Thatâ€™s about one-fifteenth of the audience among African-American women for Survivor: Vanuatu and similar ventures of that year.
Still, Oâ€™Reilly and his viewers might check out whatâ€™s actually out there. Â I like campaigns such as this terrific effort from the Chicago Department of Public Health.Â It also picks up on something Mr. O’Reilly’s truculent tpm seems to have missed….
PS: O’Reilly’s folks are apparently ahead of me... (h/t Irin Carmon).