Say what you will about Bill O’Reilly, he welcomes a fair amount of criticism on his own show. Case in point, during a discussion on the IRS tea party targeting scandal, guest Charles Krauthammer heavily disagreed with O’Reilly’s attempt to question the supposedly apolitical credentials of former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman by invoking the involvement of Shulman’s wife, Susan Anderson, in Occupy Wall Street. Krauthammer told O’Reilly it’s unfair to go after Shulman with “guilt by association.”
After recapping today’s big IRS testimony, O’Reilly told Krauthammer, “I know you don’t put much stock in Shulman’s wife being a lefty, but I do.” O’Reilly argued that the fact that Shulman’s wife was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement does not help the claim that Shulman supposedly acted as a non-partisan when he ran the IRS.
Krauthammer told O’Reilly that “spousal accusations” are not the way to go, bringing up an example from the right: the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas being involved with tea party groups. Krauthammer said, “You don’t taint one [spouse] with the other,” and added that O’Reilly would likely dismiss that kind of “superfluous” evidence if it ware brought against conservatives.
O’Reilly insisted he would be fair about it either way, saying that “it’s worth reporting” when someone’s spouse is politically active. Krauthammer still maintained it was “guilt by association” and added no one really needs to go after Shulman’s wife to find something damning on him anyway.
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