Ha! The last word I'd associate with the Faux News bully Bill O'Reilly is courage. But as we all know, the right-wing doesn't live in the reality-based world, so why not have KKK mailing list purchaser Tony Perkins had out the first Media Courage Award to him at the upcoming Values Voter Summit. The reason he earned this prestigious nod? His coverage of the assassinated abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, who was repeatedly referred to on-air by O'Reilly as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”

Bill O'Reilly has never shied away from denouncing late-term abortions and the handful of doctors who perform them. In the aftermath of George Tiller's murder, O'Reilly became an easy target for the liberal media who tried to pin some of the blame on Bill, saying he incited the violence by decrying these unnecessary procedures on his show. Despite the unfair allegations, O'Reilly spoke the truth, bringing new light to a gruesome procedure. On behalf of our co-sponsors and millions of values voters, we want to express our gratitude to a culture warrior who uses his national platform to promote life–no matter what the personal or professional costs.

On the evening of September 18, FRC Action will recognize Bill at the Values Voter Summit with the first-ever Media Courage Award. Bill is scheduled to speak after the tribute. He joins a jam-packed line-up, which now includes Govs. Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), Rick Perry (R-Texas), Joel Rosenberg, Stephen Baldwin, and many of Capitol Hill's brightest. The list of invited speakers includes: former Gov. Sarah Palin, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Sean Hannity, Ben Stein, and others.

Think Progress applies the smackdown of reality-based documentation.

O’Reilly rarely spoke the “truth” about Tiller, who was murdered by a radical anti-choice extremist. What O’Reilly did was demonize him, calling him — even after his death — “Tiller the Baby Killer” or “Dr. Killer.” “This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,” O’Reilly said of Tiller’s medical practice. Beyond the Tiller commentary, O’Reilly rarely shows “courage” on his show. Nothing says courage less than sending your producer to stalk people because they once wrote something critical about you and you’re too afraid to actually call them up and ask them for a response first.

Pam Spaulding

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