From Talking Points Memo:
Randall Terry: George Tiller Reaped What He Sowed… Now Let’s Go Have Some Hot Wings And Beer
People for the American Way have posted some incredible footage of anti-choice activist Randall Terry who, at the National Press Club earlier today, doubled down on his suggestion that Tiller got what was coming to him.
“The point that must be emphasized over, and over, and over again: pro-life leaders and the pro-life movement are not responsible for George Tiller’s death. George Tiller was a mass-murderer and, horrifically, he reaped what he sowed.”
“Thank you for coming, unless there’s any other questions. And I truly am sorry that we had to meet under these circumstances. I like Guinness for those of you who want to have a beer somewhere. I prefer my chicken wings really hot and a little crispy.”
(Videos available at link above)
From The Brad Blog:
After years of demonizing Kansas physician Dr. George Tiller who was assassinated in his Wichita church on Sunday, Fox “News” host Bill O’Reilly toned back his inflammatory rhetoric on his first show back since yesterday’s murder.
Where he had previously, and repeatedly, described Tiller as “Tiller the Baby Killer”, equated him with Nazis and al-Qaeda, described him repeatedly as “executing babies” and “operating a death mill”, tonight O’Reilly characterized himself as the victim of a “left-wing” cabal of “Fox News haters” trying to “exploit” the tragedy to “shut guys like me down”. Notably, however, he did not use the same strident rhetoric that had characterized his “reportage” of Tiller in the past…
In response to a Huffington Post editorial which claimed O’Reilly would “back-peddle” on tonight’s show following the murder, he told viewers “No back-paddling here…Every single thing we said about Tiller was true.”
He then went on to back-peddle on largely everything, at least the most outrageous allegations, that he’d previously reported.
“We based on our analysis on the facts,” O’Reilly said in his own defense tonight. Though his previously “analysis” including the repeated allegation that Tiller was a mass-murderer was nowhere to be heard this evening. He did not use the term “murder” to describe what Tiller did, as he had so frequently in the past. He used carefully selected, non-libelous phrases such as “destroyed fetuses” instead.
And where he had previously charged Tiller with “operating a death mill”, the closest he came to that tonight was the carefully worded use of “this mill” when he admitted that Tiller hadn’t been found guilty of breaking any laws.
In a later segment, he alleged that pro-life groups have been very respectful since the tragedy, but that his critics were “exploiting Tiller’s family”. He did not note any of the dozens of blog comments from rightwingers applauding and celebrating the death of Tiller […]. Neither did he report on the statement on Tiller’s death by Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, a frequent guest on Fox “News”, which began: “George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.”
In the toning back of his own rhetoric, Bill O’Reilly acknowledges the irresponsibility of his own previous behavior.
It’s a shame he hadn’t taken a similar tack over the 4 years, and at least 29 episodes in which he’d irresponsibly accused Tiller of committing crimes that he hadn’t.
Everything O’Reilly said was not true, despite his claims to the contrary tonight. A man is dead in Kansas, in no small part, thanks to the type of irresponsible “reporting” and incessant, outrageous hatred, that O’Reilly helped to inflame.
(Lot of videos available at The Brad Blog link above)
Here are some facts about Randall Terry compiled from different sources on the internets:
Founded Operation Rescue 1987, led it until 1991. (Operation Rescue president, Troy Newman says Terry does not speak for the organization, and the members deplore the actions of Scott Roeder, Dr. Tiller’s assassin)
Married to Cindy Dean in the early 1980’s.
1985–met a women who was planning an abortion. Terry talked her out of it, and she gave birth to a daughter named Tila.
1987–the Terry’s daughter, Faith born.
1988–Terrys took in Tila and her siblings, Jamiel, 8, and Ebony, 12. The children are all biracial.
1994–Terrys adopted Tila and Jamiel.
1991–Ebony, then 16, left the Terry home. She got pregnant and went on to have 2 children out of wedlock. She later became a Muslim.
1998–Terry ran for Congress. Jamiel defended him against charges of racism.
2000–Terry and Jamiel worked on Steven Forbes’ campaign for the Republican nomination for President. They campaigned against gay marriage in Vermont. Terry divorced Cindy, married Andrea Sue Kollmorgen, 17 years his junior. She was his former assistant and an anti-abortion activist. His church censured him:
“in preparation to divorce, annul or otherwise dissolve their Christian marriage and for his unwillingness to repent of sin….” It also accuses him of a “pattern of repeated and sinful relationships and conversations with both single and married women.”
circa 2003–Tila got pregnant out of wedlock twice, and Terry threw her out of his house. Terry founds the Society for Truth and Justice. His first order of business was campaigning against a Supreme Court ruling that struck down anti-sodomy laws. He didn’t get enough attention for that, so he jumped right into the middle of the Terry Schiavo case, acting as an advisor, media coordinator, and arranging a meeting with then-Governor Jeb Bush.
2004–Jamiel announced he is gay and wrote an article for a magazine about it. Terry disowned Jamiel and wrote an essay, “My prodigal son, the homosexual.” Jamiel was disowned, and Ebony and Tila were not mentioned as his children, only Faith from his first marriage and his 2 sons with his second wife.
2006–Terry converted to Roman Catholicism and disavowed his first marriage. In the National Catholic Register, he describes his family as his 3, soon to be 4 sons.
2008–Andrea Terry is arrested for trespassing in St. Petersburg, Fl, while leafleting cars bearing Rudy Giuliani bumper stickers in a Roman Catholic church’s parking lot. The leaflets were for a fictitious candiate promoting slavery for African-Americans.
2009–Terry was arrested for trespassing at Notre Dame University when he was protesting President Obama’s commencement speech.