Why does Bill O’Reilly continue to provide Al Sharpton a platform for his race-baiting?Â To show how “fair and balanced” he can be?
OReilly made it easy for Sharpton by posing theÂ issue this way:
Why is the House Ethics Committee investigating seven different African-American lawmakers?
Sharpton argued that race must be involved, given all the attention focused particularly on a powerful African-American Congressman like Rep. Charlie Rangel.
Softball questions getÂ the answers they deserve.Â
HereÂ are theÂ questions that O’Reilly should have asked:
- Was the House Ethics Committee being anti-Semitic when it subpoenaed law enforcement agencies for intercepted communications between U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and a suspected “Israeli agent?”
- Â Are you aware that it was in a case led by future U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that the white Chairman of the House Ways and Means CommitteeÂ Dan Rostenkowski was indicted on corruption chargesÂ (e.g., keeping “ghost” employees on his payroll and using Congressional funds to buy gifts such as chairs and ashtrays for friends) and was then forced to step down from all Congressional leadership positions?
- Shouldn’t Holder, now that he is the Attorney General,Â Â put his color blindersÂ on andÂ investigateÂ Rep. Charlie Rangel for possible criminal wrong-doing (e.g., accepting thousands of dollars in interest forgiveness and failing to disclose this windfall on both his Congressional disclosure forms and income tax forms in violation of federal laws) asÂ Holder hadÂ done withÂ Â RostenkowskiÂ fifteen years ago?Â Â
- Do you think that Rangel, who hasÂ Â admitted to failing to pay a substantial amount of income taxes, deserves some sort of affirmative action type leniency from the Ethics Committee because he is an African-American and that he should be allowedÂ to continue to head the body in charge of writing the tax lawsÂ in the House of Representatives for the rest of us ordinary taxpayers?
- Are you accusing the DemocraticÂ Party leaders in the House of racism since theyÂ could stop the ethics investigations any time with a snap of their fingers and have not yet done so?Â Or do you think that it is enough that Nancy Pelosi is not asking Rangel to step aside even after he admitted his failure to pay his own taxes?
My plea to Bill O’Reilly isÂ to return to the days of the true “No Spin Zone” and ask tough questions such as the ones above rather than give race-baiters like Al Sharpton free air time.