By: E&P Staff
Dana Milbank | The Washington Post
Bill O’Reilly wants my head.
On Thursday night, the Fox News host asked, as part of a show that would be seen by 5.5 million people: “Does Sharia law say we can behead Dana Milbank?” He then added, “That was a joke.”
Hilarious! Decapitation jokes just slay me, and this one had all the more hilarity because the topic of journalist beheadings brings to mind my late friend and colleague Danny Pearl, who replaced me in the Wall Street Journal‘s London bureau and later was murdered in Pakistan by people who thought sharia justified it.
The next night, O’Reilly read a complaint from one of his viewers, Heidi Haverlock of Cleveland, who said: “I thought the joke about whether Sharia law would allow the beheading of the Washington Post guy was completely inappropriate.” O’Reilly replied to her on air: “Well, let me break this to you gently, Heidi. If Dana Milbank did in Iran what he does in Washington, he’d be hummus.”
O’Reilly is partly right about that. As an American and a Jew, I probably wouldn’t last long in Iran. And criticizing the government there, as I do here, wouldn’t add to my life expectancy. But what was he trying to say? That America would be better if it were more like Iran?