Sunday, November 13, 2005

No Google Bomb Here

Bryan over at Why Now? is rightfully deploring the scheme from skippy the bush kangaroo that the blogosphere set up a Google bomb for Bill O’Reilly in retribution for his suggestion that terrorists strike at San Francisco since they have now passed a ban on handguns. skippy would have us label Mr. O’Reilly as a terrorist sympathizer.

I don’t think Bill O’Reilly is a terrorist sympathizer. I’ve never said that he is a terrorist sympathizer, and I would never suggest without any proof that he is a terrorist sympathizer. In fact, I don’t think that there’s a fair person in the blogosphere, either left or right, who would say that Mr. O’Reilly is a terrorist sympathizer. That would be wrong.

It would be so wrong that I hope that anyone who thinks that Bill O’Reilly is a terrorist sympathizer would rush to his defense. I would hope that we would take to our blogs and proclaim “Bill O’Reilly is not a terrorist sympathizer.” He is merely a man who speaks his opinions loudly and with great vigor, and if he feels compelled to attack one of America’s great cities, then he should not be called a terrorist sympathizer.

This is America, though. We do have the right to say what we think. So if you, dear reader, wish to call Bill O’Reilly a terrorist sympathizer and be a part of the dastardly Google bomb plot by posting the “terrorist sympathizer” link on your site or in blog comments, that is your right. No one can stop you. I certainly can’t. But as Bryan notes, it would not be nice.