A tiff has been brewing between Fox News talking head Bill O’Reilly and Denver Post editorial editor Curtis Hubbard. Rep. Libby Szabo appeared on O’Reilly’s show to talk about how Colorado is one of just five states that consistently refuse to pass Jessica’s Law, which is best known for instituting minimum sentencing requirements for pedophiles.
During Szabo’s appearance, O’Reilly clunkily noted Speaker Ferrandino was gay — which is noted in every article about the Speaker — before pointing out that his sending Jessica’s Law to the kill committee was exactly what angered Ferrandino about the civil unions bill treatment during last year’s special session. Hubbard then engaged in his own bit of loose-link gay-baiting in his editorial saying O’Reilly’s “was saying “gay,” but what he wanted his listeners to hear was “pervert-pedophile.”
O’Reilly responded by alleging that Hubbard might have gotten his inspiration for his editorial from a fundraising letter sent out by Colorado Democratic Party Treasurer Chris Ott with a Democratic House Majority Project email.
We checked. We couldn’t help but notice that there were some similarities. Is it possible that Hubbard had the fundraising letter in front of him when he wrote it? Remember, the fundraising letter was sent on March 6th and Hubbard’s editorial was published on March 10th.
First instance (first paragraph in each):