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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