Blam­ing the right for the death of Dr. Tiller

It took just min­utes af­ter the re­port of Dr. Tiller’s mur­der for the far-left loons to hit the Web sites. Post­ings on Daily Kos and the Huff­in­g­ton Post im­me­di­ately blamed Fox News and me for in­cit­ing Dr. Tiller’s killer. Even though I re­ported on the doct

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The lib­eral out­cry over the mur­der of Dr. Ge­orge Tiller, the lateterm abor­tion doc­tor from Kansas, demon­strates ex­actly where Amer­i­can dis­course is go­ing. Shot dead in a church by an anti-gov­ern­ment mil­i­tant, Dr. Tiller did not de­serve his fate. Even though the man de­stroyed an es­ti­mated 60,000 fe­tuses that could have lived out­side the womb, he was an Amer­i­can ci­ti­zen en­ti­tled to pro­tec­tion. No mat­ter what you think about abor­tion, it is a sad day for the coun­try when vig­i­lan­tism takes a life.

It took just min­utes af­ter the re­port of Dr. Tiller’s mur­der for the far-left loons to hit the Web sites. Post­ings on Daily Kos and the Huff­in­g­ton Post im­me­di­ately blamed Fox News and me for in­cit­ing Dr. Tiller’s killer. Even though I re­ported on the doc­tor hon­estly, the loons as­serted that my anal­y­sis of him was “hate­ful.”

Chief among the com­plaints was the doc­tor’s nick­name: “Tiller the baby killer.” Some pro-lif­ers branded him that, and I re­ported it. So did hun­dreds of other news sources. But the big­ger pic­ture here is the glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of Dr. Tiller.

The uber-lib­eral New York Times led the way, ed­i­to­ri­al­iz­ing: “For his prin­ci­pled de­vo­tion to women’s health and con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected rights, Dr. Tiller was the tar­get of protests at his clinic, his house and his church.”

The Times made Dr. Tiller out to be a hero. The pa­per’s ed­i­to­rial never men­tioned that he aborted fe­tuses af­ter 21 weeks, when they could live out­side the mother’s womb. The Times opin­ion also did not men­tion that Dr. Tiller be­came a mil­lion­aire do­ing this, or that only three late-term abor­tion clin­ics ex­ist in the en­tire coun­try. Nor did the ed­i­to­rial writer put forth that 36 states re­strict late-term abor­tions without vi­o­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion. As usual, the Times ed­i­to­rial page failed to tell its read­ers the whole story.

But that was noth­ing com­pared to NBC News, which went full tilt in blam­ing pun­dits for the death of Dr. Tiller. NBC an­chor­man Brian Wil­liams led that charge, over­see­ing a re­port that em­pha­sized the ver­bal crit­i­cism of Dr. Tiller rather than the mil­i­tancy of the per­son who shot him. NBC pun­dits filled the night with slan­der­ous wails against those who op­posed Dr. Tiller’s deadly prac­tice.

But be­hind all the blus­ter was a well-thought-out, co­or­di­nated cam­paign. By ex­ploit­ing the death of Dr. Tiller, the far left is seek­ing to si­lence Amer­i­cans who are ap­palled at lateterm abor­tion. By de­mo­niz­ing peo­ple like me who be­lieve that ter­mi­nat­ing vi­able fe­tuses must only be done when there are cat­a­strophic health ram­i­fi­ca­tions, pro-abor­tion zealots are try­ing to in­hibit dis­sent on the abor­tion is­sue in gen­eral.

That’s the same tac­tic in play on gay mar­riage: Op­pose it and you’re a ho­mo­phobe. The far left well un­der­stands that the me­dia will pick up the de­mo­niz­ing tac­tics and shove them down the throats of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

The de­bate in Amer­ica is no longer about ra­tio­nal points of view. It is now about the strat­egy of de­struc­tion. The mur­der of Dr. Tiller, as mis­guided as he was, can never be con­doned.

But nei­ther can the hate­ful, dis­hon­est tac­tics of the far left.

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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