Bill O’Reilly’s Batsh*t Conspiracy Theory: Homeless Children Are A ‘Myth’ And A ‘Total Lie’

It’s okay to have your own opinion about the issues. Even Bill O’Reilly is allowed to say whatever awfulness spills out of his splotchy face every night. But one thing we’re not entitled to is our own set of facts. The far-right and the conservative entertainment complex have systematically turned denial into a convenient firewall against empirical facts and objective reality. Other excuses for denial include religious dogma and completely revisionist views of history.

97 percent of scientists, they say, are wrong as long as the other three percent match their ridiculously myopic worldview. In addition to the aforementioned climate crisis denial, we’ve also heard a lot about denying the existence of evolution and the origins of the universe. But this might be the first time we’ve heard a mainstream pundit deny the existence of child poverty.

Bill O’Reilly, Tuesday night, did exactly that.

Here’s O’Reilly debating this new conspiracy theory with liberal analyst Kirsten Powers (via):

POWERS: What you call “free stuff” and what Jeb Bush calls “free stuff” that actually are necessities in life. So the problem with when he said “free stuff” is that he’s talking about children getting food. He’s talking about people who — a lot of the people who receive welfare, even the adults are working poor. They’re people who have jobs. But they don’t have enough money to get food, so it’s —

O’REILLY: Yeah, but that’s — that myth has been busted time and time and time again.

POWERS: It’s is not a myth, it’s not even — it’s not a myth, no, no.

O’REILLY: Sure it is. Look, if you look — if you look at the studies of poverty —

POWERS: At least 50 percent are working.

O’REILLY: Powers. If you look at the studies of poverty, most poor people in this country have computers, have big screen TVs, have cars, have air conditioning. This myth that there are kids who don’t have anything to eat is a total lie. And —

POWERS: It is absolutely not a lie, and there actually are students —

O’REILLY: It is absolutely a total lie on a mass level.

POWERS: There actually are students in New York City, there are kids in New York City who go all weekend without anything to eat except when they eat in the schools. That is absolutely a fact.

O’REILLY: Oh, that is such the biggest baloney. You produce one. You produce one. You can’t.

Here are some headline for O’Reilly, in case he wants to see some actual research.

Rising child poverty pushes American dream out of reach for many

Report: More American Children Living In Poverty Now, Than During Recession

Health of US children improves, but more live in poverty, report shows

Those headlines have one thing in common other than child poverty. They all come from the obviously liberal Fox News Channel website. Here are some additional facts from the National Center for Children in Poverty:

Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 33 percent of all people in poverty. Among all children, 44 percent live in low-income families and approximately one in every five (22 percent) live in poor families. Among our oldest children – adolescents age 12 through 17 years – 41 percent live in low-income families and 19 percent live in poor families.

As for homeless children in America:

One in 45 children experience homelessness in America each year. That’s over 1.6 million children. While homeless, they experience high rates of acute and chronic health problems. The constant barrage of stressful and traumatic experience also has profound effects on their development and ability to learn.

It’d be nice if we could all plug our ears and scream, “Lalalalala! Can’t hear you! Not listening!” But denying the existence of 1.6 million homeless kids and 33 percent of Americans in poverty won’t make them go away.

Now, we wait and see whether he’ll dispatch insufferable douchebag Jesse Watters to go around humiliating homeless kids — because that’s what he does.


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