I would not have the courage to appear on O'Reilly's TV show under any circumstances. So I have to admire her courage in appearing on his TV show under the circumstances that preceded and led up to her appearance. Unfortunately for her, she thereby opened herself up not only to O'Reilly's verbal abuse, but also to a lot of verbal abuse afterward from other people as well.
As a side note, I want to mention that in a dozen or so places in her book Joan Walsh discusses the paleo-conservative Pat Buchanan, who is an American Catholic from an Irish American background, as are Bill O'Reilly and Joan Walsh herself.
But throughout her book WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH WHITE PEOPLE? WHY WE LONG FOR A GOLDEN AGE THAT NEVER WAS (2012; paperback edition 2013), Joan Walsh (born 1958) refers to herself and her family as "Irish Catholics," even though the people she is referring to did not live and do not live in Ireland, but in the United States. I have a problem with her way of speaking.
Even though both my paternal grandparents were immigrants from
What's with her "Irish Catholic" shtick, eh? Why doesn't she refer to herself as an American Catholic, say, or as an Irish American? After all, we refer to Native Americans and African Americans.
In any event, she uses her "Irish Catholic" shtick repeatedly to claim that she comes from a white working class background, even though her father was a college-educated white-collar worker. (Disclosure: My father, a decorated World War II veteran, was not college-educated nor was he a white-collar worker. When I was growing up, both my father and my mother were Democrats.)
I am concerned about poor Americans and poverty in
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