O'Reilly: Liberal Media, 'Race Hustlers' Exploiting Ferguson

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 09:37 PM

By Greg Richter

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A furious Bill O'Reilly left his vacation early to return to his Fox News Channel show and confront how the Michael Brown shooting is being reported and the reactions some people are having to it.

O'Reilly said the liberal media is reporting only one side of the story because it is generally "terrified of any racial situation."

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Protest marches, sometimes punctuated by violence, have been ongoing in Ferguson, Missouri, since the Aug. 9 shooting death of the black 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson. Residents of the St. Louis suburb say they have long been mistreated by police and white store owners.

Ferguson is almost 70 percent black, but only three of the police department's 53 officers are black.

Protesters say Ferguson was shot in the back and again while surrendering with his hands in the air. The officer's version reportedly says Brown doubled back after initially fleeing and was charging Wilson when the officer shot.

O'Reilly said no one should judge the situation until an investigation is complete and, if Wilson is tried, a jury has rendered a verdict.

O'Reilly played video of MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who led a rally over the weekend in Ferguson and who plans to speak at Brown's funeral next week.

In the video, Sharpton said that Brown was "shot dead in the streets unarmed" and that police were trying to smear Brown by releasing video of him committing a strong-arm store robbery just minutes before the fatal shooting.

Through gritted teeth, O'Reilly said Sharpton insulted the entire police community.

"This charlatan has the gall to do that, and NBC News is paying him?" he said. "My God! Why is that acceptable?"

"Race hustlers" like Sharpton, O'Reilly said, already have convicted Wilson.

"I guess that's lynch-mob justice," he said.

Sharpton will never give Wilson the presumption of innocence, he said, "because Sharpton only cares about his own self-aggrandizement, and if he has to stoke racial hatred to get that, that's what Sharpton will do."

Though the justice system can be flawed at times, O'Reilly said, it is the only thing that separates us from "the anarchy that Al Sharpton and others want to impose."

"What happened to Michael Brown should never happen to any American," O'Reilly said.

"What happened after his death should never happen in this country. But it is happening, and only the truth will overcome the chaos."

After delivering his opening remarks, O'Reilly got into a shouting match with liberal guests Bob Beckel and James Carville.

Beckel told O'Reilly that blacks feel oppressed by a justice system they don't feel treats them fairly.

"You don't live in the ghetto. You wouldn't understand this," Beckel told O'Reilly.

When O'Reilly said that shouldn't give anyone the right to distort facts to suit his own agenda, Carville responded, "Any American has the right to distort any fact that they want to, but they don't have the right to be on the jury."

"That's defamation," O'Reilly shot back. When Beckel agreed with Carville that people had a right to interpret facts as they saw them, O'Reilly cut him off.

"It's really beyond belief what you're saying," O'Reilly said. "I know, I'm an idiot and you're a genius."

Beckel and O'Reilly did find common ground when it came to Sharpton.

"Al Sharpton," Beckel said, "has to find one of these things at least four or five times a year to keep his profile up."

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