If the Associated Press can pressure thousands of newspapers and other media outlets to drop the term “illegal immigrant,” is it too much to ask that conservatives think twice before dismissing other conservatives as “Bible thumpers”? Apparently so. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is unhappy that his critics — unhinged “zealots,” that is — have latched on to his use of that term as evidence of a feud between him and right-wing radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh.
O’Reilly’s brilliant approach to countering that misconception? Pick a fight with another right-wing radio host, in the form of Laura Ingraham. If she was thumping a Bible, there was no way we could have heard it over O’Reilly’s ranting.
An apology to Ingraham wouldn’t be out of line, but we’d be surprised to hear even an “I’m sorry if you were offended” non-apology from O’Reilly.