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-- -- listen Bill O'Reilly in a -- -- Bernie segment tonight two very hot topics whether the media over -- hurricane Irene in the situation you just heard.
The editor the New York Times insulting the sacrament of the eucharist.
Tony seven North Carolina Rivera Bernard Goldberg dot com mr.
Let's take mr.
First what say you.
On his central point.
That journalists need to ask candidates for high office questions about their religious beliefs.
If if religion -- important part of their lives.
I totally agree I totally agree with Bill Keller.
If let's say a candidate.
That the earth is 6000 years old because that's what the Bible tells him or her.
And that dinosaurs walked around the earth at the same time as people -- Look that may not affect his foreign policy or that might not affect her economic policy but that kind of ignorance.
Is going to affect -- -- and we need to know about it now.
Having said that.
And you you alluded to this just before the break.
Bill Keller I wish that He in the New York Times were as concerned about religion and politics.
During the last campaign.
When it -- to Barack Obama who sat and a church with a hateful minister for twenty years so I'm not sure Bill Keller is the right person.
To preach to us about the importance of journalists asking about religion but on this matter on this matter.
I think when.
A candidate's religious beliefs affect.
That's when we.
And I I think most people would agree I agree as well but the way He did it with the condescension toward.
A central part of the Christian religion I just thing and -- Why do these guys to feel compelled to do that.
Well -- they believe that took Christian people of faith like you but I will say and a broad sense.
That and the -- generalization.
Religion to a lot of journalists especially to a lot of very important journalist.
Is almost an alien -- supercharged.
It's super definition that's what it is right.
But if they had done that to your religion -- Keller had said something about a central Jewish Tenet.
On guy help when He did about a Muslim -- -- you know He could go out and hops.
Aaliyah when He would have been branded a big eight you would -- people all over him but it's for -- a free fire zone on christianity.
-- and it has been for quite some time and I think the important point you just made.
The New York Times the won't touch controversial Muslim issues they wouldn't publish and neither would anybody else for that matter but they wouldn't publish.
That set off riots.
Riots around the world -- they wouldn't pub I'm gonna hurt themselves in harm's way they know and they can get away with this will be the only new show today to cover this go ahead.
-- there will be there will be there will be no Christians marching around the New York -- threatening to blow it up because what Christians Jews they pray for mr.
And perhaps offer up their communion for him.
-- -- George Will thinks the storm was -- roll the tape.
Whatever -- -- say about.
Journalism shouldn't subtract from the nation's understanding and that certainly shouldn't contribute to the manufactures synthetic hysteria.
That is so much a part of modern life.
And you kind of agree with mr.
will there -- And they're no fun to go through and if you come out of it in one piece and your house comes out of -- don't want peace it's no fun living.
With no electricity for a day a week a month whatever it is and I speak unfortunately from personal experience -- that matter.
But I can't help but thinking bill that.
One of the reasons -- frankly one of the major reasons that.
Got so much attention.
Was because it was heading for the center of the universe who was heading for where.
Media -- -- journalists live it was heading for New York City.
And I guarantee you this if this same -- -- not this same hurricane if a bigger hurricane.
We're heading for Biloxi Mississippi.
I know the population is different Biloxi -- New York City but it could category three were heading for Biloxi Mississippi.
It just wouldn't get the same attention there's a kind of journalistic narcissus them.
That New York based journalists are guilty they think that if that happens tell us it's more important than if it happens to you.
You won't see a lot of the a lot of it's W missing here though.
And -- -- got hyped up I think there's a little something to the New York thing but I don't think that was the overwhelming.
National perspective Hurricane Katrina it's changed everything.
Ever since that storm hit now every storm is hysterical.
And plus it's the end August is nothing -- -- one time so that did media latched on to this coverage they drove it drove it drove it.
Was it a bad thing I don't think so I got tired of it I watched a Little League World Series Bernie nobody broken in my house force me to watch.
Hurricane Irene coverage so we'll let me.
I think I think I think we're both right because.
I think the New York thing was a factor and I think you agree with that to some extent.
But but you're right in the post-Katrina a -- -- -- nobody's nobody's taking any chances anymore that's right that's why -- that's why you have politician shutting down subway systems.
And things like that they're not gonna get.
Caught on the wrong side of a hurricane.
And that's why you have.
That's why you have the governor of New Jersey who was -- vacation during the big snowstorm making sure that He was seen.
That's why you have Barack Obama who suffers from a leadership.
A perception that he's not a leader.
Taking charge of -- Katrina changed at all and politicians are not gonna get caught the way.
The bozos in Louisiana were caught back during Katrina and it's not it's and the -- changed -- you're right about that side Bernie thanks so much.
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