Bill O’Reilly Furious Over Progressive Whippersnappers Controlling The Internet
On Tuesday night’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly went on a rant about how it’s unfair that the Left has cruelly seized control of the internet, and there is no one out there on the whole internet left to defend Donald Trump’s absurd and insulting comments about Mexican immigrants, or Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee. “Traditional Americans” he says, need to take over the internet or risk becoming irrelevant.
He also insisted that the problem is partially the fault of conservatives who are divided amongst themselves versus progressives who are all totally unified. Then he whined a bunch about how it’s not fair Media Matters never criticizes liberals.
Naturally, he then had a chat with Donald Trump about how totally evil the Liberal Media is and how Mexicans are, in fact, total rapists.
Granted! There are a lot of sites that skew left — this being one of them. You’re just not going to find a lot of writers on sites that skew to a younger demographic crying about how unfair it is that gay people can get married now.
However, if Bill O’Reilly thinks there isn’t enough Conservatism on the web outside of Fox News, he is clearly just not looking. Just off the top of my head I can name The Blaze, Breitbart, Infowars, Free Republic, World Net Daily, The Drudge Report, Newsmax, Twitchy, the entire “manosphere,” a good chunk of 4chan, a good chunk of Reddit, newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post that skew conservative, and, I would say, roughly 85 percent of internet commenters in general.
The thing about the internet is that pretty much anyone can set up a site and do what they want with it. It’s ridiculous to insist that left-leaning sites should defend Donald Trump or not celebrate marriage equality. I mean, I’m not going to go over to The Blaze and express shock that Matt Walsh isn’t writing things that I, Robyn Pennacchia, agree with in any way. It’s not his responsibility to do that, just as it’s not my responsibility to defend Donald Trump.
Also, if he thinks that the Left is totally unified, he should consider spending all of five minutes looking at Twitter.
For what it’s worth though? Traditional Americans do have a place on the internet. They’re all over it. Because you know what? Progressives have just as much of a tradition in this country as Conservatives do. Abolition was a progressive movement, women’s suffrage was a progressive movement, labor rights were a progressive movement, and civil rights were a progressive movement. We didn’t just pop up out of nowhere to rain on their parade. We have been raining on their parade for generations. We did it before the internet, and we will continue to do it afterwards.
Modern conservatives say the same things about us now as conservatives did about flappers in the 1920s, beatniks in the ’50s and hippies in the ’60s. They were all worried about losing the “culture war” too. Donald Trump is saying the exact same things about Mexican immigrants as Conservatives said about my ancestors when they came over here–though we were not just “criminals” but “dangerous anarchists.” Before the Right was complaining about “liberals” controlling the media, people were worried about “Jews” controlling the media.
The only reason Bill O’Reilly doesn’t think of things this way is because we won those culture wars, we won them so hard that conservatives in 2015 accept them and are largely inured to them. Many of the past victories of the progressive movement have become tradition in this country–so much so that conservatives refuse to even give credit for them.
Bill O’Reilly: No one stole the internet from you. You’re a capitalist! If you’re losing in the free market of ideas, that’s no one’s fault but your own.