O'Reilly's Comments Draw SF Politicians' Ire
November 11, 2005 at 4:59 PM (PT)
WESTWOOD ONE/FOX NEWS CHANNEL host BILL O'REILLY's comments suggesting that SAN FRANCISCO be left unprotected for a terrorist attack after the voters passed a measure against military recruitment on public high school and college campuses are drawing criticism from local politicians, including city Supervisor CHRIS DALY, who told YOUNG BROADCASTING Independent KRON-TV/SAN FRANCISCO that O'REILLY's suggestion that President BUSH withdraw the city's military protection and AL QAEDA be given the go-ahead to blow up the COIT TOWER was out of bounds. "COIT TOWER's a monument to SAN FRANCISCO's firefighters. They put out the fires in SAN FRANCISCO after the great quake. American heroes- they were there on SEPTEMBER 11 and now you want AL QAEDA to blow up COIT TOWER? Give us a break. You are out of line."
You are out of line
O'REILLY's facetious remarks on his WEDNESDAY radio show followed voter's approval of Proposition I, which urges that schools turn military recruiters away but does not formally ban them; he said that "if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds... if AL QAEDA comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in AMERICA is off limits to you, except SAN FRANCISCO. You want to blow up the COIT TOWER? Go ahead." O'REILLY airs in the market on CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KNEW-A and was interviewed FRIDAY morning by ARMSTRONG AND GETTY.