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Bill O'Reilly Rips Mother of Child 'Activist' Who Confronted Bachmann: VIDEO


Bill O'Reilly yelled at gay activist Sally Kohn about 8-year-old "activist Elijah" and his statement to Michele Bachmann about his gay mom.

"This is cowardly. She's hidin' behind this kid!...I don't think people like children being injected into controversies that are far beyond their understanding...An eight-year-old doesn't know what homosexuality is, nor should he or she!"


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  1. BOR speaks as he knows this kid and his mom personally. He is so arrogant and biased. Terrible man and awful show.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 8, 2011 10:32:13 AM

  2. I wonder if this kid said something anti-gay to bachmann if they would be praising him/calling him wise beyond his years

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 8, 2011 10:33:33 AM

  3. When I viewed the vid of Elijah being encouraged to speak to Bachmann, I got an intensely creepy feeling. It was not about what the boy was being encouraged to say to her...I was creeped out by the vid itself; the fact that this child was being used by an adult, his mother. If the purpose of the message he was being encouraged to say was to let Bachmann know that he resented her opinions about gay people...just why was the camera necessary? The intention of letting her know his feelings would have been at least as (and probably more) effective on her without the public display of this child. If the intent was to embarrass Bachmann, it is backfiring...embarrassing the mother. It certainly does not help change others opinions about gay people.

    Posted by: Chaz | Dec 8, 2011 10:37:35 AM

  4. KAPOS like you are intensely creepy.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 8, 2011 10:40:57 AM

  5. And O'Reilly is being naive if he doesn't believe that an 8-year can see and feel him and his family being treated differently because of the homophobic views espoused by Bachmann.

    Posted by: Scott C. | Dec 8, 2011 10:50:42 AM

  6. I think the stunt was ridiculous and the mother ought to be lambasted for it. That kid was clearly uncomfortable and didn't want to do it. And while I'm sure he loves his mother, to push an 8 year old into doing something like that is absurd. And all she did was add fuel to the fire - this didn't humiliate Bachman...it humiliated gays and lesbians for being petty.

    Posted by: SamIAm | Dec 8, 2011 10:51:30 AM

  7. Anyone whose 8-year-old was going to talk to a presidential candidate would be likely to have a video camera at the ready -- but because BOR doesn't like the message, now it's somehow creepy? Get over it. I don't know whether the kid was coerced (I hope not) but BOR's assertion that a kid of this age with 2 mommies should not know about it is patently absurd. Kids of that age and earlier need to know that there are different kinds of families -- even among breeders. BOR believes that 'ignorance is bliss.' He is a mean-spirited and evil-minded person and shouldn't have the public exposure that he does.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Dec 8, 2011 10:55:06 AM

  8. My 8 year old son would have done it without me asking if we had told him why we were going to see a candidate we don't support (to tell Bachman the same thing ourselves). He is very protective of us and his family.

    And I think as a parent, having a son who wants to take part in the political life of his country and take a break from the Wii, is very camera worthy.

    Posted by: Troy | Dec 8, 2011 10:57:12 AM

  9. I disagree with anyone who says an 8-year-old can't understand and shouldn't know about homosexuality is willfully ignorant, or worse, intellectually dishonest.

    Eight-year-olds are already talking about sexuality and body parts. They are much more sophisticated and precocious than most adults give them credit for.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Dec 8, 2011 11:00:22 AM

  10. I suppose in O'Reilly's distorted logic, an 8 year shouldn't know about heterosexuality either. What an idiot even though he's a lucky wealthy one. What can we expect from a catholic bigot who bought his way out of a sexual harassment lawsuit while married to his second wife and espousing the sanctity of marriage in regard to his opposition to same-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Dec 8, 2011 11:06:17 AM

  11. This woman's parenting is very obviously suspect. First of all, she had the kid at an Occupy encampment, which is strike one. Secondly, the kid was obviously prompted to say something in front of the cameras. Even if it wasnt an explicit, "hey go up and say something to the mean lady", he had been told enough about her to feel like he should to please his militant mother. Sorry, kids should not be exploited like that. Stand up and say something yourself as an adult if you feel that passionately about it.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Dec 8, 2011 11:07:22 AM

  12. As difficult as it is for me to admit, I disagree with Mr. O'Reilly. My nephew was defending my honor on the playground when he was 5 (told other kids not to call someone "gay" because it wasn't nice - "I have an uncle who's gay and he's great!"), so I'm certain that Elijah, age 8, could have a very good understanding of what's going on in the world around him.

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 8, 2011 11:11:42 AM

  13. I have to wonder about Ms. Kohn's rationale for appearing on the O'Reilly Factor. What did she think would happen?

    Posted by: Butch | Dec 8, 2011 11:21:25 AM

  14. First of all, the kid may have wanted to do it then got shy at the last minute. If you had a kid who really wanted to be in the school play but got stagefright at the last minute, wouldn't you push them to go through with it?

    Secondly, kids are used by the Right ALL THE TIME, whether in anti-gay commercials or by the candidates themselves when they drag their kids onstage to prove their "family" credentials. Kids are dragged to anti-abortion events to be used as props. So who exactly is O'Reilly fooling? He'd be peeing his pants with excitement if a kid said something against Obama.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 8, 2011 11:24:05 AM

  15. As the father of a 4YO in a same-sex marriage I would have never put my son up the way the mother did of her 8YO. If my son walked up to Bachmann without being prodded and prompted that would have been acceptable. The kid was obviously uncomfortable and having his mother insisting in the wings that he repeat his pre-rehearsed statement was deplorable.

    Sorry guys, this little act made us all look just as the far right loves to portray us: underhanded, vile and promoting a specific gay agenda. That's not a good thing...

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 8, 2011 11:24:32 AM

  16. I don't see Bill O'Reilly going off on the Phelps klan for using their kids to spread their hateful message. Also, conservatives have no problem using pictures of unborn children to fight against legal access to abortion.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Dec 8, 2011 11:40:24 AM

  17. This is wrong on so many levels.
    O'Reilly has problems with people focusing on bullying as a social issue because he's a bully, and that's all he's ever been. Even people on the right see him that way.
    It's wrong for kids to tell Bachmann they love their mom, but perfectly OK to demonize the children of gay families.
    What I don't understand is why on earth this mom would appear on his show. Does she think he has an audience of reasonable people who can be convinced? Does she expect anything other than bullying from this professional assassin of ideas?

    Posted by: coolbear | Dec 8, 2011 11:48:50 AM

  18. well...some say why didn't the woman just speak to Bachmann herself...the truth is Bachmann would have ignored or blown off the woman, but the kid is great because he totally knocked her off guard...it was brilliant. the right is constantly hiding behind the children to defend their bigotry...kids are not stupid and aren't born bigots...remember that!!

    Posted by: tommy | Dec 8, 2011 11:53:08 AM

  19. Spare me!..this coming from a man who said this about Shawn Hornbeck: "there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances". Bill-O lost any credibility regarding children long ago.

    Posted by: FreddyMertz | Dec 8, 2011 11:59:58 AM

  20. Wow - these people think nothing of saying: "But the children...".

    Cowards hiding behind the terrible consequences children will face if L G B or T ______ cause is allowed to continue.

    When confronted by a child that they actually claim to be helping...now it's the mom who is a coward?

    "We are going to use children to keep you from your rights...and if you try to show data or exampls of grown children who can counter your argument, you will just fight back with...'But the children...'." When your argument is weak, mention children and it makes your argument stronger than titanium.

    However, when we actually incorporate children into the debate who are MOST AFFECTED by your hateful rhetoric in order to expose your hypocrisy, then we get called out for manipulating children into discussions they know nothing about nor should they.

    This child has a gay mother. Guess what...at 8, he knows what that means. And, despite being nervous at having to get so close to an evil person he has seen on TV repeatedly saying nasty things about his mom and him...he has the courage to call her on it...and the mom is a bad person?

    Nice try at spin!

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 8, 2011 12:03:40 PM

  21. I don't think we should 'use' children like this because it simply makes us look bad. Although the right does it all the time & it seems that that's perfectly okay. Whatever!

    Your typical 8 y/o today is pretty well informed. They all know about sexuality and a lot of other things! With the media of today, it's hard to escape. Sorry Bill, but this is not the 1950's even though you wish it were!

    Posted by: Married in MA | Dec 8, 2011 12:04:51 PM

  22. Agree. The mother is a coward.

    Posted by: JK | Dec 8, 2011 12:05:43 PM

  23. No, an eight year-old would not use a word like "fixing," he'd use terms like "reparative" or "conversion" therapy. He'd talk about how one can change behavior but not orientation. A simple word and concept like fixing is so not what an eight year-old would use. Once again, O'Reilly's logic is flawless.

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 8, 2011 12:11:49 PM

  24. Sally Kohn, are you stupid?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Dec 8, 2011 12:16:46 PM

  25. Oh Lord, I actually agree with BOR, I'm going to hell, aren't I? :)

    Posted by: sully | Dec 8, 2011 12:22:20 PM

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