Bill O’Reilly began his show Monday lamenting the rise of “ignorant America” calling it a “disaster’ while blaming public schools and the Internet.
Citing a 2011 study that found that 29 percent of Americans could not name the vice-president, 43 percent could not define the Bill of Rights, and 40 percent did not know that America fought Germany and Japan in WWII, O’Reilly called America’s lack of knowledge a “disaster.”
O’Reilly proceeded to blame the American school system and the internet.
“It’s quite clear that the American school system is a main culprit'” he said. “It’s no longer teaching history, geography, and civics in an effective way.”
“The Internet has created a generation of self-absorbed, addicted, distracted, and ignorant people,” O’Reilly explained. “You can now create your own world on the net, devoid of reality, and millions of American’s are doing that”
O’Reilly then added a “caveat,” stating, “Those of you watching this program right now are not in the ignorant category.”