One of the more unfortunate side-effects of the backlash against Prop. 8 is that it’s given Bill O’Reilly the chance to gin up his contrived “culture war” between a mythic “traditional America” and the dark forces of “secular progressivism.”
According to Bill O, this amorphous group of “secular progressives” has been “emboldened” by Obama’s recent election victory… Thus, it follows in Bill’s delusional wingnut mind that the “far-left” will now exert their scarily powerful influence on President-elect Obama to embrace their “radical” liberal values with the potentially horrifying result being a nation modeled after… San Francisco!!!
The “journalist” in the piece who concocted this highly skewed profile of the city mainly featuring interviews with people that are either homeless, addicted to drugs, prostitutes, crazy, or some combination thereof, is O’Reilly producer Jesse Watters — a man better known for shamelessly “ambushing” media personalities that Bill is feuding with (e.g., Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyers, etc.)
Of course, Bill’s hostility towards SF is nothing new. Back in 2005, when the city voted to oppose military recruitment in public schools and to ban handgun ownership he had this to say: “You know, if I’m the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium and I say, ‘Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.’”