Bill O’Reilly and Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) President J. Richard Cohen talked about Lou Dobbs this summer and in the course of their discussion a bet was (sorta) made. Now that Dobbs has been canned, it appears O’Reilly should pay up…
O’REILLY: CNN is never going to fire him, you know that…
COHEN: I’m not quite as cynical as you are Bill. I think that if enough people speak out, CNN will listen and be more responsible in the future.
O’REILLY: You wanna bet?…I’ve got ten grand for Habitat for Humanity on the table if you wanna bet me.
COHEN: How about ten grand for the Southern Poverty Law Center?
O’REILLY: But I’m not going to take your money. There’s no real bet there — he’s not going to get fired.
Cohen posted on the SPLCenter blog, “You lost the bet. Time to pay up!” Later on in the post, he stated, “I think that if you’ll stop spinning for a moment, you’ll agree that in the court of public opinion, you lose.”