From Witch Hunts to Cancel Culture: Fighting Fear with Bill O’Reilly

On an exciting new episode of STAND, BILL O’REILLY discusses his own experiences with cancel culture over five decades of his career as a journalist, and how those experiences inspired him to write his new book, Killing the Witches, which explores the parallels between the Salem Witch Trials and modern-day Witch hunts and cancel culture.

O’Reilly connects the dots between the fear-fueled social hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials and the current atmosphere of cancel culture, comparing the modern method of social silencing by the majority to the hanging of supposed “witches” in Massachusetts. The Salem Witch Trials made it socially acceptable to remove anyone deemed “dangerous” by the masses from society, with no due process or anything more than an accusation.

In a country where Free Speech is supposed to be protected, the witch-hunt mentality creates a vulnerability for tyrannical leaders and governments to exploit. O’Reilly ties his story to the current efforts of liberal leaders across the country prosecuting former President Trump because of his political views.  

We are now all faced with the reality of being erased from our communities for seeking the truth, or worse yet, simply dissenting to the established narrative and prevailing opinion.

O’Reilly also offers some insight into his personal life, including how he discovered his calling, overcomes obstacles, and perceives the future of journalism in America.

The dialogue with O’Reilly underscores the importance of understanding the historical context of our present-day issues. The witch hunts of the past and the cancel culture of today are intrinsically linked by the human response to fear and our collective desire for security. 

You can buy O’Reilly’s book, “Killing the Witches,” online at his website, along with the rest of the books in his “Killing Series.” Be sure to watch the full interview on YouTube at

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