Can’t argue with logic like that

CAN’T ARGUE WITH LOGIC LIKE THAT…. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly likes to answer a few questions from viewers on his show, and last night, he highlighted an inquiry from a Canadian: “Has anyone noticed that life expectancy in Canada under our health system is higher than the USA?”

“Well, that’s to be expected, Peter,” O’Reilly said, “because we have 10 times as many people as you do. That translates to 10 times as many accidents, crimes, down the line.”

I’ve watched this a few times now, hoping to understand what O’Reilly’s thinking, and whether he’s kidding.

I’d like to think the Fox News personality at least understands the question and the meaning of the words “life expectancy.” Obviously, with the U.S. population being 10 times that of Canada, the total number of Americans who die will necessarily be larger than the total number of Canadians who die. But that’s irrelevant.

I’m at a loss. Someone want to help me out with this one? Because at face value, this makes O’Reilly seem even dumber than usual.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.