While various talking heads, journalists and musicians lionize Whitney Houston in the wake of her untimely passing, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly took the opportunity to reiterate his stance on drug legalization, calling Houston an “addict” who “wanted to kill herself.”
O’Reilly began his “Reality Check” segment by noting Houston’s phenomenal success – 170 million albums sold, a record-setting record deal – but quickly transitioned into the morbid part of her story.
As O’Reilly put it, “like so many pop stars, she became addicted to drugs.” Like the police, he dismissed any notion of foul play, arguing that “nobody takes drugs for that long if they want to stay on the planet.”
Yet what really seemed to rankle Fox’s prime time star is that Tony Bennett called for the legalization of drugs at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party on Saturday night.
O’Reilly said that the aging singer’s “grasp on reality was slipping” and expained why drug legalization would only make matters worse.
He cited drugs as a main driver of crime and inner city violence, and expressed disdain for laws that have millions of Americans "legally getting stoned every day."
Whether or not viewers want to hear the uncomfortable part of the story is a question each time a figure like Houston dies, but count O’Reilly as someone willing to go there to make a point.
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