Bill O’Reilly, the disgraced former host of Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” is no fan of Democratic politicians. And he certainly is no fan of marijuana.
In a video released earlier this week, O’Reilly, whose career was destroyed by an assortment of sex scandals, returned in front of the camera. But instead of the powerhouse ratings of Fox News, O’Reilly is now vlogging on his personal web page.
In a segment published on May 22, O’Reilly railed against Mayor Bill de Blasio, marijuana consumers, housing project dwellers and a few other boogeymen in his crosshairs.
He even tweeted the next day about his disgust for the mayor and marijuana:
The collapse of common sense in America is epitomized by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. The unrestrained leftist has now ordered the NYPD to allow people to openly smoke marijuana in public and the consequences be damned.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) May 23, 2018
Of course, this is not the first time O’Reilly got a bee in his bonnet over the evil devil’s lettuce. Four years ago the longtime reefer madness acolyte and prohibitionist and drug warrior wrote:
The legalization of marijuana still full of unintended consequence; sends a signal to children that drug use is an acceptable part of life. That’s big.
The [New York] Times says marijuana is not a gateway drug. That it does not lead to other drug use that is false. According to a recent study by the Yale School of Medicine, adolescents who use pot or alcohol are three times more likely to abuse hard drugs than children who do not use intoxicants.
O’Reilly apparently doesn’t know that the gateway theory is no longer a relevant talking point. All researchers who study the available data dismiss the concept that cannabis consumption leads to more dangerous drugs. It is alcohol and tobacco, more than any other substance, that may contribute to heavier drug use. But even that data is unclear. Remember: Correlation does not equal causation.
Good luck in your new career, Bill. When New York legalizes, you will remain just as irrelevant as you are now.