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Bill O’Reilly, Oppressor

An exhibit at the University of Colorado suggests that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is a perpetrator of oppression and wants to lynch Michelle Obama. The student exhibit, dubbed the “Tunnel of Oppression,” aims to “educate people on the different types of oppression that exist today” — among them racism, classism, ableism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia.

The approximately 1,000 people who toured the exhibit last week saw a picture of O’Reilly, to which suggestive text had been added. According to The College Fix

The photo of the newsman included the words “lynching party against Michelle Obama” in bold, large white letters. The photo also indicates it was taken from a video on, a website with a tagline, “they distort, we reply.”

The video in question highlights what some perceived to be hostile reporting toward Michelle Obama on Fox News leading up to the 2008 election, although ironically the audio clip of O’Reilly it includes has the newsman saying: “and I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama.”

The video then cuts to a definition of lynching, noting “after the Civil War, southern whites used lynching to terrorize and intimidate freed blacks who were voting and assuming political power.”

The exhibit is now in its eighth year. 


John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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