The Point: The Lesson of Bill O’Reilly

Conservatives, it’s time for a chat. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

It’s a mark of integrity to call out your own side. And David French at National Review showed integrity in a recent piece about the decision by Fox News to fire Bill O’Reilly. If you haven’t heard, the network parted ways with its most popular host after new allegations of sexual harassment emerged. But it’s part of a larger pattern.

Milo Yiannopoulos, Tomi Lahren, Roger Ailes, Michael Flynn, and now Bill O’Reilly. A steady drumbeat of right-leaning celebs have recently gone down in scandal. It’s time we re-embrace the importance of character in our leaders and our spokespeople, not just their aggression toward our political enemies.

Writing at BreakPoint.org, Warren Cole Smith echoes French, calling O’Reilly’s firing a “teachable moment.”

“We should demand character, not merely competence,” from those who speak for us, Warren writes. Anything less is shooting ourselves in the foot. How many more bullet holes will it take for the conservative movement to rethink our celebrities? I hope not many.

Resources

O’Reilly, Ailes, and the Toxic Conservative-Celebrity Culture
  • David French | National Review | April 20, 2017
A Teachable Moment For The Conservative Movement
  • Warren Cole Smith | BreakPoint.org | April 21, 2017

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  • Phoenix1977

    If you demand a life and career with no scandals for someone to be your spokesperson it’s not surprising you’re coming up short. That’s why the Left has no trouble finding spokespeople. We accept the fact it’s impossible in this day and age to have no skeletons in the closet (quite a few of our spokespeople came out of the closet themselves) and we have learned to forgive people their personal flaws while still accepting them as being good for our goals. Conservatives apparently lack that sentiment.
    Interestingly enough, it appears especially Christians have a problem with the flaws of their “heroes” but shouldn’t Christians be the number ones in forgiving and giving second chances?

    • gladys1071

      I agree, King David in the Old Testament was a very flawed man, who commited adultery and murder, yet was called “a man after God’s own heart”. Though I do believe in integrity and that being a person of integrity is better than not having integrity, we are human beings, every one of us, we are flawed. Each one of us has done good and done bad. As a Christian I acknowledge that I will never be perfect or be able to meet God’s standard of perfection and neither will you or anybody in this life. It is what it is, no matter who you are, no matter how good you think you are, you will fall, you do bad things or disappoint those around you, it is part of being human, it is the human condition.

    • Robert Cremer

      The word “flaw” sort of means that something is not right? Many on the left will admit they have a “flaw” but then will not admit that their flaw is wrong and that they need to change. If you are unwilling to admit you have done wrong, giving a second chance makes no logical sense.

    • Stan Colbert

      We do desire to hold our representatives to higher standards. Each Christian has the desire to represent Christ, in every way! Logically those, deemed most like Christ should be the ones chosen as leaders. Any person, should be welcomed into any Christian community, as no one can live up to Christ’s example.

      There is also a big distinction between Christian leadership and secular. I certainly, wouldn’t consider Milo or Ailes, O’Reilly Christian in their representation. Your question is a very good one! Please continue your search, if I can help let me know.

    • fred2

      Liberals aren’t as forgiving as you claim as shown by the story of the two Bills.

      Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby were accused by women of being rapists. The liberal reaction to each defendant was stark.

      * Bill Clinton is immediately forgiven by liberals.

      * Bill Cosby is crucified by liberals, especially the press and Hollywood.

      Why the difference? Unlike Clinton, Cosby boldly declared that White racism isn’t the cause of every problem in Black communities. Cosby argued there are internal problems (gang violence, family breakdown, etc) that Black people have the power to solve.

      A Black Democrat like Cosby not pushing the Black victimhood meme is an unforgivable sin among too many liberals. So he had to be punished with rape accusations that have since been proven false.

      Bottom line is that liberals are just as guilty of unforgiveness as everyone else.

      • Gina Dalfonzo

        Fred2, you’re mistaken: The accusations against Bill Cosby were not proven false. Heaven knows I wish they had been — it was very hard to hear this about someone I once liked and admired so much — but they were not.

        • fred2

          A sister at church informed me two rape charges against Cosby were dropped. So, I thought that was that. However, your comment made me look deeper and discover the other charges haven’t been dropped.

          Thanks.

  • NorrinRadd

    If it’s a “teachable” moment, what did we “learn,” other than the fact that companies can be bullied into firing people on the basis of *allegations* alone?