Fox News host Bill O’Reilly railed against what he called the dangers of the Internet age on Friday, while suggesting that a Vox.com correspondent might be a terrorist sympathizer.
“Americans are often presented with information that’s false, libelous and distorted in the extreme,” O’Reilly said. “There are no journalistic standards on the Net. Few websites even have editors looking at it; they just post this stuff and walk away. Unfortunately, many Americans believe what they read, and therefore, there is danger to the republic.”
O’Reilly specifically ripped a critique of the film American Sniper by Vox’s Amanda Taub, saying that Yahoo was wrong to repost it without identifying her as working for a “far-left kooky website.”
While Taub accused the movie of stacking the “narrative deck” and “using imaginary history and characters” in the course of its depiction of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, O’Reilly said that the movie “makes a sharp distinction” between Kyle and the terrorists he fought during the Iraq war. He also accused Taub of trying to excuse a Taliban attack in Pakistan that caused the deaths of more than 100 children in a piece published last month.
“Does it get much worse?” O’Reilly asked.
However, Foundation For Middle East Peace head and “former blogger” Matt Duss challenged O’Reilly, defending both Vox and Taub’s writing.
“We have to deal with this issue that trying to understand what motivates these insurgent groups — granted that they do horrible things,” Duss said before O’Reilly interrupted.
“She was sympathetic to them, not motivating,” the Factor host argued. “Sympathetic. Then you can’t read.”
“If we want to have smart policy, I think we need to try and understand what motivates these groups,” Duss countered, at which point O’Reilly tried to cut him off.
“I’m not going to let you explain your left-wing propaganda on this,” O’Reilly said. “If you think al Qaeda of Mesopotamia and the Baathists were victims, then you are a nut.”
Watch the interview, as posted online on Friday, below.