San Francisco's politicians enjoy taking a swipe at right-wing Fox News every now and then. Witness Supervisor Scott Wiener's much-lauded assertion that “Fox News is not real news” when a cameraman dogged him in the corridors of City Hall over the summer.
So when the Board reaffirmed its commitment to Sanctuary City policies on Tuesday, it didn't seem all that notable that District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen (who joined progressives in rejecting Mark Farrell's Kate Steinle-inspired resolution 6-5) called out the network for its anti-immigrant bashing:
We cannot allow one event to dictate 25 years — 25 years of our city's policies towards undocumented immigrants in our city. And more importantly, more importantly, we cannot allow hateful conservative news stations to drive how we respond to incidents in our city. I'm not afraid of Fox News and they don't influence how I make my policy decisions here in San Francisco.
Fox New's resident racist Bill O'Reilly clapped back, with an unhinged segment calling for Cohen's arrest:
That woman is a disgrace, and if I were the attorney general of the United States, I would immediately place her under arrest. I might not win the case, but I would send a message to all subversive office holders in this country, that if you do not obey federal law, you yourself will be prosecuted.
[jump] Here's the video, courtesy of Media Matters.
We've reached out to Supervisor Cohen, and will update if she provides a response. In the meantime, let's all just be thankful that Bill O'Reilly is not in fact the attorney general of the United States.
UPDATE: Supervisor Cohen sent us the following statement by email: ““Responding to these comments would take away from the issue and set up a philosophical fight, separate from the real policy issue at hand. I do not see the benefit in continuing the debate.”