Jason Whitlock Tangles With Bill O’Reilly

I’ve never been a fan of the way Bill O’Reilly calls anyone who turns down an invite to his show a coward, but leave it to Jason Whitlock to give it credence:

But it appears I was summoned to testify before Speaker of The Big House Bill O’Reilly, the FOX News entertainer. O’Reilly is fixated on the mistake I made on the Tom Joyner show. O’Reilly spent part of his Tuesday show telling his viewers that I was afraid to come on “The Factor” and discuss my views on the NRA, the Second Amendment and gun culture.

I’m a grown-ass man and it’s 2012. I don’t have to shuffle off to the Big House when summoned. O’Reilly is not Boehner, Pelosi or Obama. He’s a TV entertainer who has spent the weeks after the election crying about the end of “white establishment” America, the end of the days when an upstanding white man felt entitled to summon whomever he wanted whenever he wanted to the Big House to dance.

I don’t dance.

Interesting. So if Speaker Boehner “summoned” Whitlock to his office, he’d go with no qualms? What the hell is he talking about?

This is a case where O’Reilly’s coward charge is dead-on. Whitlock is smart enough to know that he screwed up bad with his NRA = KKK bilge. Going on O’Reilly would only exacerbate his foolishness in the eyes of people getting their first glimpse of the sports writer.

I’ve enjoyed some of Whitlock’s writings in the past when he’s been willing to take a contrarian view on some issues, but this recent dust-up has not only damaged him, but his peers. When sports “journalists” veer into politics, they too often reveal why they cover sports in the first place. They just don’t have the life experiences and wisdom to handle the big stuff. That’s not to say our political journalists are any better, but you get the point. Whitlock can be very good and he can be very bad. He can complain how the black community wallows in victimhood and then turn around and use terms like “The Big House.”

Here’s my advice to Whitlock. Do what I do. Lock yourself in a room every so often. Read lots of philosophy and great works of scholarship and then meditate on what you really feel…not what you think you’re supposed to feel, but what’s really going on inside your head. Question your being-in-the-world. Then when you’ve ruminated over all that, pick up your pen.
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