As Townhall reported Wednesday, Columbia University Professor and cop-killer supporter Marc Lamont Hill described ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner as "exciting," as a "modern day Django," and as "not totally crazy." After much criticism on Twitter, Hill doubled down on his comments and last night on the O'Reilly Factor, he justified his argument again.
Notice how Hill started his response by saying, "If my words in any way caused them any pain or trauma or stress more than they're already experiencing then I offer them my deepest condolences and apologies." At the end of the segment Hill said, "If I was insensitive to the families I offer my condolences."
If, Mr. Hill? Hill lost all credibility with his bogus offer of condolences the moment the word "if" came out of his mouth. The fact is, he did cause more pain, gave Dorner credibility and was insensitive.
But back to Hill's long record of supporting convicted cop-killers. O'Reilly said Hill has been a "stand-up guy" over the years, but he hasn't been. As I wrote on Wednesday, Hill co-wrote a book in 2011 with convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. The year 2011 marked the 30-year anniversary of Abu-Jamal's incarceration, something his supporters celebrated. Hill helped celebrate by publishing a book with Abu-Jamal to mark the anniversary.
Mumia Abu-Jamal murdered a police officer in Philadelphia. Sentenced to death the following year, he has still not been executed. Next week, his supporters are celebrating the 30th anniversary of his incarceration.
There are two sides to the Mumia story; there is the trial in which he was convicted of the murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner followed by the findings of fact of the appellate courts, all of which have upheld his conviction. Every single one.
Then there is the Mumia is innocent side which is espoused by his supporters, though curiously, Mumia Abu-Jamal himself has never actually denied shooting Officer Faulkner in a courtroom.
In 2009 Accuracy in Media did an entire expose of Hill's record, which includes support for cop-killer Assata Shakur and racist Khallid Muhammed.
Who would plaster his Twitter page with police mug shot photos of convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur? Fox News contributor Marc Lamont Hill did. At least until David Horowitz and Accuracy in Media took notice and wrote about it. Now the page features photos of boxing great Muhammad Ali. Hill’s MySpace page is also gone.
There are other changes as well. The tributes to Shakur and black racist Khallid Muhammad, known as “America’s Black Hitler,” have disappeared from his web pages. The articles were saved, however, and can be found here.
And finally on top of everything else, Hill also supports brutal dictators.
On December 6, 2006, when reports indicated that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was sick, Fox News contributor Marc Lamont Hill declared on his blog that he was afraid the information might be true. “My fears about Fidel’s health are not only personal but political,” he wrote.
“This past week,” he wrote, “Cuba celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, as well as Fidel Castro’s 80th birthday. Despite the huge number of dignitaries, aging revolutionaries, and fellow citizens in attendance, El Comandante was not in attendance. While a no-show at this type of event is curious for any leader, it is unthinkable for Fidel, who thrives on such moments. In fact, the only thing that could keep him away is the very thing that scares me the most: Fidel was too sick to attend.”
The thought of this dictator dying was just too much for Hill to take.
When Hugo Chavez was elected in Venezuela, Hill declared, “In the wake of Fidel’s declining significance, Chavez has quickly emerged as the loudest political voice of Latin America, as well as one of the world’s most prominent and powerful anti-imperialist heads-of-state.”
Hill said during his O'Reilly segment that he was interested in investigating police terrorism, but the reality is his record shows he's actually more interested in supporting people who kill and terrorize police.
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