Bill O’Reilly says Republicans were barred from March on Washington


THIS WINDBAG just makes stuff up out of thin air:

Fox host Bill O’Reilly falsely claimed that “no Republicans and no conservatives were invited” to participate in attend the anniversary of the March on Washington. Several prominent Republicans were invited, but chose not to attend.

On the August 28 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly hosted Democratic strategist James Carville to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. During the discussion, O’Reilly complained that President George W. Bush was not invited to speak. O’Reilly later claimed that “[n]o Republicans and no conservatives were invited.” O’Reilly went on to respond to Rep. John Lewis’ statement that “we’re all in the same boat” by asking “Where’s the conservative side to that boat?”

Contrary to what O’Reilly said on-air, several Republicans were invited to participate in the event, including both President George W. Bush and President George H. W. Bush. Both declined due to health concerns. According to ABC News, both Republican House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Whip Eric Cantor were invited to attend but did not do so with their offices citing scheduling conflicts.




  1. You need to check your facts. The correct reference was that no, I repeat, no BLACK REPUBLICAN members were invited to speak. How easy it is for you to spin. Sshame on you.

  2. Ross: Not surprisingly, you’re wrong. So shame on you!

    Watch the video in the article to which I linked. Listen to what O’Reilly said.

    Yes, he referred at one point to not “one black conservative or one black Republican” having been invited to speak at the event. But he later said that “no Republicans and no conservatives were invited,” and he said George W. Bush was not invited. That just wasn’t true.

  3. Sorry Pat. But I’m at a loss to see how I misinterpreted what O’Reilly said. Turns out, by his own admission, that he was mistaken. He said as much yesterday. Which I guess compels you to lay it on me. Whatever floats your boat Pat. That no Black republican was invited to speak I believe to still be correct. Did you see Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black Republican Senator, speak? Did he turn down an invitation?

  4. Ross: As a matter of fact, Tim Scott was invited to the event, but one of his staff assistants sent this reply:

    “Thank you for extending to Senator Tim Scott the invitation to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28th. Unfortunately, the Senator will be in South Carolina during this time, so he will be unable to attend the event. Please do, however, keep him in mind for future events you may be hosting.”

    And according to a spokesperson for organizers of the event: “Much of the speaking program was created based on those who were able to confirm availability to attend the event, and thus were able to speak at the event.”

    So, it seems that Sen. Scott likely would have been included among the speakers if he had accepted the invitation to attend the march.

    Then, too, those who turned down speaking invitations included the House’s two top Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

  5. Well what do you know Pat. There seems to be an inconsistency here, on whether Tim Scott was invited.

    “Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “The senator believes today is a day to remember the extraordinary accomplishments and sacrifices of Dr. King, Congressman John Lewis, and an entire generation of black leaders. Today’s anniversary should simply serve as an opportunity to reflect upon how their actions moved our country forward in a remarkable way.”

    You want to make the phone call to Greg Blair to confirm this statement? Or would you rather call an un-named “one of his staff assistants” instead?


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