Fox News host Bill O’Reilly badgered senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett on Thursday to bend a new federal initiative regarding young men of color toward his own notions, while also calling for First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on his show to deliver a message regarding teen pregnancy, Media Matters reported.
“I want you to tell her something for me,” O’Reilly said of Obama. “I like the nutrition thing. I like the garden, I think that’s all good. I want Michelle Obama to come on this program — right here — and I want Michelle Obama to look into that camera and say, ‘You teenage girls, you stop having sex. You stop getting pregnant. This is wrong.’ I want her to do that right here.”
O’Reilly did not mention that, even without encouragement from the First Lady, teen pregnancy has been on a consistent statistical decline for the past two decades. As The Washington Post reported in December 2013, the only age group reporting an increase in pregnancy is women over 30 years of age.
A study from the National Center for Health Statistics found that not only were less teenagers having sex, but that those who were were more likely to use contraception, with young boys citing fear over contracting. The federal Office of Adolescent Health has also published data stating that 2012 saw a new low in birth rates for girls ages 15 to 19.
O’Reilly also noted that he was invited by the White House to attend President Barack Obama’s announcement regarding the “My Brother’s Keeper” program, which he said would involve at least $200 million in donations from several foundations, to be used for programs covering topics ranging from school discipline reform to literacy for third-graders.
“This is not a big government program,” Jarrett told O’Reilly. “In fact, the government’s role is rather minor.”
But that was apparently not enough for O’Reilly.
“I submit to you that you’re gonna have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West — all of these gangsta rappers to knock it off,” O’Reilly said.
“What these boys need is positive role models,” Jarrett replied, only to be cut off by O’Reilly.
“Listen to me. Listen to me,” he said. “You gotta get them where they live, alright? They have idolized these guys with the hats on backwards and the terrible rap lyrics and the drug and all of that.”
Watch the interview posted online by Les Grossman Best of YouTube: