• With: Bernie Goldberg

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    O'REILLY: Thanks for staying with us. I'm Bill O'Reilly.

    In the "Weekdays with Bernie" segment tonight, battle in Hollywood over the Israel-Hamas conflict.


    Spanish movie stars, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who are married, signed a paper condemning Israel's conduct in the fight.

    Meantime, in Hollywood, some prominent Jewish celebrities have remained silent on the issue thus far even though there are reports some kind of statement is being worked on.


    Also, the national media in the U.S.A. covering the story in many different ways. And joining us now from North Carolina, purveyor of BernardGoldberg.com, Mr. Goldberg.

    Mr. Goldberg, let's get to the media coverage of it.


    O'REILLY: Israel-Hamas, has it been fair generally speaking.

    GOLDBERG: Here's what the problem with the coverage is -- video is a very powerful force, Bill, very powerful, especially --


    -- when it's showing death and destruction. And, in this case, video doesn't do nuance very well. It doesn't do context very well.

    So, video shows dead babies and rubble, but it doesn't explain the fundamental truth that one side wants --


    -- to live in peace and The other side wants to kill as many Israelis and Jews as possible. Video does "a guy used to live in this house and, now, the house is destroyed."

    It does that very well but it doesn't explain very well why did the Israelis shoot their missile at that house, OK. So, in that sense, in answer to your question, no, the coverage hasn't been fair.

    But that's because of the power of video and the fact that a lot of reporters are liberal and they tend to root for the underdog.

    The second point I'd like to make is that I wonder how the people covering this particular was would have covered Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the fire bombing of Dresden in Germany.

    A lot of civilians were killed there, too. But I don't think reporters back then were all that concerned about the disproportion -- disproportionate number of deaths.

    I don't think they were saying, "Ten thousand Germans were killed today but only 17 Americans were killed." Because they understood that one side started the war and we didn't start the war.

    In this case, Hamas started the war. Israel didn't start the war. And I don't want to sound cavalier or insensitive but, when you start a war, I'm sorry, bad things are going to happen.

    O'REILLY: Right, but there has always been tension in the liberal community --

    GOLDBERG: Yes.

    O'REILLY: -- and that brings us to the Hollywood thing because --

    GOLDBERG: Right.

    O'REILLY: -- as you said -- you know, look, the Palestinian people are devastated, all right. They're being held hostage by Hamas.

    Hamas got the guns, guns come Iran. The Palestinian people don't have jobs, they don't have anything.

    They can't stand up against Hamas, so Hamas controls. So, you've got to feel sorry for the Palestinians to some extent.

    GOLDBERG: Absolutely.

    O'REILLY: And I do, and I think you do, too, all right.

    GOLDBERG: I do.

    O'REILLY: Jewish people, all they want to do, as you said, is be left alone. They've made some mistakes in settlements but, you know, everybody makes mistakes.

    But it's a complicated issue that goes back thousands of years. And most people don't understand what the hell it is. But, in Hollywood, --


    -- they've been largely silent. The only guy that spoken up is John Voight. He's not Jewish.


    GOLDBERG: Right.