Gary Carden--on this site and on his blog-- holler notes
, has drawn particular attention to Bill O'Reilly's ignorant, bigoted comments about Appalachia.
It has initiated a critical and timely discussion about the truth about Southern Appalachian culture; and about media bias.
The discussion follows. I also would like to stimulate a study of who O'Reilly is--without bias, and see what we get. There is a pattern to popular hatred that is worth knowing,
For instance, when Bill was 2 in 1951, his family moved to Levittown, N.Y., the symbol of homogenous suburban housing in America. His father worked as an accountant for California Texas Oil Company, a joint venture of what would become Texaco and Chevron. He attended St. Brigid parochial school; then Chaminade High School, a private Catholic high school; then Marist College. I wonder what his early thinking had been; and what the tenor of his early journalism was. His dispute with Bob Schieffer over what he claims was a stolen story led to Bill fictionally murdering a fictional Bob in his 1998 novel, Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder
As I say, this is just a beginning, to get at the root of political and cultural bigotry.