When Stephen Colbert called Bill O’Reilly out last week on the ‘Colbert Report’, it must have struck a serious nerve. According to Newshounds (Motto: “We watch Fox so you don’t have to”), Bill O’Reilly dedicated three segments of his December 20th show responding to Colbert’s allegations.
First, for those of you who missed it on Thursday’s show, here’s Stephen’s rant on Bill O’Reilly’s December 9th column and Bernie Goldberg’s “Jesus is a Liberal Democrat” statement on Fox News.
O’Reilly began his response with quoting the parable of the talents, saying that Colbert needs to reread that story as to comprehend the “Judeo-Christian tenet of personal responsibility.” O’Reilly then made the leap of logic that all who ask assistance are spending it very irresponsibly: “We are not mandated to buy people gin or cocaine or pay someone else’s bills if they refuse to work. If you want to do that, you can in a free society. But to force the responsible to pay for the irresponsible is immoral in my opinion.”.
Ann Coulter then jumped on to add her $0.02 into the argument, which amounted to saying that writing a check to the IRS does not amount to donating to charity. O’Reilly asked Coulter if he felt that guilt was the issue at hand that Colbert was bringing. She then said something that blew me right away: “That’s how they [Liberals] flatter themselves, by making you feel guilty … no it is self righteousness. That’s what it is. It’s Stephen Colbert talking about what a charitable person he is. … That is the implication. And that you aren’t because you don’t want to send your money to the IRS.” O’Reilly mentions that Colbert is playing to his audience, his Liberal audience, to which Ann Coulter replies “And who does not donate to charity. We do know this. There have been studies.” The exchange starts around 6:30 in this video (courtesy of Mediaite):
I can guarantee anyone bold enough to make an accusation such as Coulter did that the Colbert Nation gives. Shall I give some examples? Yes, lets.
- DonorsChoose – $589,792
- Yellow Ribbon Fund – $319,000 (PDF link)
- Americone Dream Fund (donated proceeds from Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream) – $440,357 (2007-2009)
- US Olympic Speedskating Team – $300,000 (2010)
- Gulf of America Fund – $100,000 (Bing), $44,187 (retweeting challenge)
The total for these five charities alone is $1,493,336, and this is nowhere near a complete list of the charity work that Stephen Colbert personally supports, and encourages the Colbert Nation to support. And these numbers don’t even include the tickets he gives away for charity auctions, the charitable performances, the support to the least of our brothers, and the many other acts of charity that we may not ever even hear about.
I take great pride in being a member of the Colbert Nation, and not only laughing at the jokes, but supporting the causes and making a difference in people’s lives. I love that I helped buy a tuba for some kids through Donors Choose. I love that me buying a hat helped Katherine Reutter win two medals at the 2010 Olympics. I wear my WristSTRONG bracelet every day with pride, and when people ask me what it’s for, I say it’s to support the families of troops who are at Walter Reed. I love that my retweet helped fund support for people affected by the BP oil spill. I’ve never been in a fandom who acts so charitably so often, and even though I’ve been blogging about his good works for over four years, I’m still constantly in awe of how much Stephen Colbert gives of himself to help support those in need.
Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter may “talk the talk” about being charitable and living a Christ-like life, but do they walk the walk even a smidge as much as Stephen Colbert walks? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments.*
*And please remember, Zoners, this is a family friendly blog – play nice!