Juan Williams, who supposedly is a liberal on Fox News (yeah, right) has taken more than a few shots at first lady Michelle Obama during the last year. But, Williams really sounded like an ass during one of his time on Bill O’Reilly’s Monday evening show, The O’Reilly Factor. Now, Bill rarely misses an opportunity to throw a Democrat under a fleet of buses, but he should have been pimp slapped for letting this comment from Williams go unchallenged:
“… She’s got this Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going. If she starts talking . . . her instinct is to start with this blame America, you know, I’m the victim. If that stuff starts to coming out, people will go bananas and she’ll go from being the new Jackie O. to being something of an albatross.”
Williams has been working hard to paint Michelle Obama as this radical … this angry black woman who has no control over herself. Throughout the campaign, he worked hard to take one comment she said to twist her into this unpatriotic angry black woman. And then, throughout the campaign, he hammered her with that comment … over and over again. Prior to that, during that and since that, he has been a steady critic of President Barack Obama about anything and everything he can think of. Williams, as was pointed about by media watchdog organizations, did nothing to back this statement up and simply used his platform on Fox News to smear Michelle Obama for no apparent reason. Invoking the Stokely Carmichael reference is little more than another attempt to try and paint her as an angry black radical (with nothing to back it up other than hot air/bad breath).
Here is the transcript from Media Matters:
WILLIAMS: — she’s got this Stokely Carmichael-in-a-designer-dress thing going. If she starts talking, as Mary Katharine suggested, her instinct is to start with this “blame America,” you know, “I’m the victim.” If that stuff starts to come out –
O’REILLY: Yeah, it’ll be death.
WILLIAMS: — people will go bananas –
WILLIAMS: — and she’ll go from being the new Jackie O to being something of an albatross.
O’REILLY: She’s not going to do that. She’s not going to do that.
WILLIAMS: I hope not.
O’REILLY: Finally, I’m going to give you both 20 seconds –
MARY KATHARINE HAM: She’s been smarter about it lately.
Naturally, O’Reilly agrees with the assessment and gives it his stamp of approval by adding “Yeah, it’ll be death” to the mix. Although, later, O’Reilly does seem to indicate that he does not think she will do anything so radical (yes, Bill and Juan, black people … even black women … can control themselves). It was a small consolation after he and Williams already had ripped her (as both men had throughout the campaign and continue to do today even while Bill whines that people are being so hard on poor former President George W. Bush).