In a YouTube video posted by Mediaite on Twitter, Bill O’Reilly can be seen condemning the extreme hatred that exists in American politics.
“Talking Points believes that far too many Americans are hateful when it comes to politics. I see it every day on both sides and it’s depressing,” O’Reilly stated at the beginning of his show Wednesday evening.
The Fox News host added that although dissent is fine and disenchantment is positive, he thinks people take their passions too far. Bill O’Reilly claims he is different and tries to deal with people in power in an honest way, using facts.
“America is in trouble because of terrible policies that have weakened us and because compromise is now seen by many as weakness,” O’Reilly continued.
He said that neither Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders are the evil human beings that pundits are making them out to be. He said that depending on one’s point of view, they could be seen as misguided. However, there is a difference between somebody being misguided and just downright evil. Then, Mr. O’Reilly made a grand proclamation.
“For the next six months, The Factor will highlight the haters and hold them to account.”
Many of the commenters after the article on Mediate about this topic aren’t taking Bill O’Reilly very seriously.
“WTF…. Bill… You helped build this,” claims Vernabc.
“Did tonight’s factor include an ‘illegal alien’, ‘black culture’ or Jesse Watters segment? O’Reilly knows how to unify the nation,” says TaraXCX.
Twitter is mixed in regard to Bill O’Reilly’s “Talking Points Memo” tonight.
Sorry Bill O'Reilly. Donald Trump *is* evil. https://t.co/NACJIv63LX
— David Murphy (@DavidCMurphy) May 19, 2016
— #DeportMilo (@ThatElJefe) May 19, 2016
Meanwhile, an editorial that appeared in today’s Washington Post heavily criticized Bill O’Reilly for his alleged hypocrisy regarding Donald Trump.
“On his cable-news-conquering program last night, O’Reilly went after the two reporters — Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey — behind the front-page story in the New York Times under the headline ‘Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private.’ Barbaro’s disqualification? Some ‘snarky’ tweets about Trump.”
The author of the article, Eric Wemple, didn’t like how O’Reilly criticized Twohey for being a feminist and therefore, can’t be biased. Wemple then quoted what he thought was O’Reilly’s hypocritical statement.
“What I’m saying to you is this … you as an editor, the editors of the New York Times, the editors of any newspaper, have to assign reporters who are as unbiased as they can be. Have to,” Bill said, certainly realizing that a lot of reporters were going to call him out for some of the reporting he has done that many consider biased and agenda-based.
As Wemple noted, Bill O’Reilly not only has a longstanding friendship with Donald Trump, but he has used his friendship with Trump in order to protect Trump from attacks. Many in the comments section agreed with Wemple, but some thought he was being hypocritical himself by criticizing the Fox News host.
The election is just six months away, and it should be interesting to see Bill O’Reilly’s coverage, especially since he now plans to “call people out.” Some like O’Reilly, and some hate O’Reilly. However, as Bill O’Reilly has proven for the past fifteen years, nobody can just ignore him.
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