Host Bill O'Reilly used the death of former President Ronald Reagan to criticize groups with whom O'Reilly disagrees, insisting that Reagan "would have been appalled" by progressive financier, philanthropist and political activist George Soros, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and "some large urban newspapers."
From the June 7 edition of FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor:
O'REILLY: So he [Reagan] came across as an optimist and he made people feel better about their country and about themselves. Today much of that feeling is gone as America is a divided nation fighting an intense war against terrorists and plagued by dishonest ideologues who seek to impose a far different America on the folks.
It's hard to be optimistic when fundamental creeds like America's Judeo-Christian philosophy, like competitive capitalism, like responsibility for one's actions are all under fire by the likes of George Soros and other "open society people."
Even the optimism of President Reagan would be challenged by organizations like the ACLU, the NAACP, and some large urban newspapers who want to tear down traditional America and replace it with a secular entitlement-driven system.
Ronald Reagan would have been appalled by that point of view.