The real reason Barack Obama's divisive

On that question, Bill O'Reilly's analysis is, as usual, slightly self-centered.

By Alex Koppelman
Published March 19, 2008 4:59PM (EDT)

We're not saying Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is arrogant or self-centered, necessarily. However, we are saying that he might want to rethink whether his network really is the center of the universe.

Though O'Reilly's analysis of Barack Obama's speech on race did touch on the important subjects, O'Reilly also veered off into one seemingly unconnected topic. "Senator Obama says he wants to represent all Americans, wants to heal the divide," O'Reilly said, then showed a clip of Obama saying, "I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together, unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories but we hold common hopes." This sent O'Reilly off on his tangent:

That is another excellent sentiment, but do the senator's deeds match his words? When the Congressional Black Caucus, a very liberal group, joined with Fox News to sponsor a Democratic debate last fall, Barack Obama boycotted the event. Is that not divisive?

Talking Points believes Obama caved into pressure from the far-left MoveOn organization, but it doesn't matter. The senator refused to debate on this network, which by far has the largest audience in cable news. Is that audience not worth addressing? ...

In the end, Barack Obama stopped the bleeding with the speech today, but the uncertainty about him continues. A president must speak to all the people and must understand hateful rhetoric and distance himself from it. You will decide if Barack Obama has done that.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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