O'Reilly Taken to Task for Hate Speech Remark

Excerpt: Bill O'Reilly probably said the stupidest thing I've ever heard him say on "The Factor" two weeks ago. In an interview segment with Bernie Goldberg and Jane Hall about the rise of hatred on the Internet, O'Reilly said: "There should be laws in the civil arena to deal with this."

To be fair, O'Reilly was talking about allowing people to sue for defamation of character – which is entirely reasonable. However, the fact that Bill married that concept to the notion of "hate speech on the web" is what troubles me.

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