A lot has been going on in the news, and that leads me to a wish for the future. First, some background.
For years, Bill O’Reilly ruled the airwaves from fortress Fox News. From the safety of that rampart, he verbally assaulted anyone on his show with a different opinion or viewpoint from his own. He espoused removing the rights of anyone without mountains of cash in the bank or anyone who rudely dared to be anything other that white or male. Recently, news outlets revealed that he and Fox have paid $13 Million to silence accusations of sexual harassment. This serial sex offender failed to silence Wendy Walsh though, and that means she’s telling everyone how bad O’Reilly’s unconstrained impulses affect the women around him. Things have gotten worse for O’Reilly since then. Nearly all the advertisers for the show have backed away from that dangerously poisonous cesspool.
Unsurprisingly, Mr. O’Reilly is now going on “vacation.”
Also in the news: Dr. Dao, a paying customer, was violently ejected from a United Airlines flight. Apparently, the flight was overbooked and UA flight crew needed his seat. Passengers, including Dr. Dao, were offered vouchers to exit the flight. Already seated, and anxious to get back to his practice healing the sick, he refused. Air police didn’t bother to investigate these details. Who knows what went on their little minds? Perhaps they saw a non-white man with an accent and sensed vulnerable prey. Perhaps they’d been watching Bill O’Reilly too much and didn’t believe an Asian man “really” deserved any rights. Whatever their motives, they decided to force the issue. Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose, and two shattered teeth. He might’ve been safer traveling through the escalating gun violence of Chicago’s bad neighborhoods. Initially, UA claimed that Dr. Dao was belligerent. This only proves that United Airlines doesn’t quite grasp the concept of “cause and effect.” Evidence shows Dr. Dao wasn’t belligerent at all until rampaging air police violently assaulted him. Just a quick note to United Airlines: paying customers get mad “after” you assault them. Belatedly, United Airlines CEO, Oscar Munoz, finally apologized days later. One can easily imagine the PR rep who forced him on stage with a leveled shotgun.
In a recent press briefing, Dr. Dao’s lawyer explained why the doctor was saying, “Just kill me” after the assault. Dao escaped Vietnam in a boat during the fall of Saigon in 1975. According to Dr. Dao, escaping a country shattered by ten years of warfare in an flimsy boat wasn’t as “harrowing” as taking a United Airlines flight. This speaks volumes.
With these events in mind, I have a wish for the future:
I sincerely hope that Bill O’Reilly goes on vacation on an overbooked United Airlines flight.