As questions continue to swirl around his reporting, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly painted himself and his network as the target of a conspiracy on Monday.
“If FNC did not exist, America’d be a far different place, and the far-left ideology would have a far easier time. But we do exist, and now dominate the primetime news cycle. Not good news for progressive politicians, the liberal media and crazed zealots on both sides,” he argued. “Therefore, meetings are held strategies devised, political assassins hired. Is there any doubt for whom they are gunning?”
O’Reilly singled out former presidential advisor David Axelrod for criticism, following Axelrod’s telling Bill Maher on Friday that “Fox News isn’t a real news organization. And Bill O’Reilly isn’t a real journalist.”
The Factor host accused Axelrod of acting hypocritically when he ripped the network not long after appearing on his show for an interview promoting his new book.
“That was a mistake,” O’Reilly warned. “Being two-faced? Not a legacy-builder, Dave. Perhaps he just made a verbal mistake. If so, we are ready to accept Mr. Axelrod’s apology.”
However, O’Reilly did not respond to Maher calling him “a blatant, bald-assed liar” that same night.
O’Reilly’s remarks came hours after Newsweek published a piece by investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein undermining his claim that he was nearby when a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald’s, George de Mohrenschildt, shot and killed himself inside his daughter’s home.
“How do I know? I was the actual — and only — reporter interviewing de Mohrenschildt on the last day of his life in 1977” Epstein wrote.
Instead of presenting evidence to contradict not only Epstein’s account, but reporting by Media Matters and MSNBC, O’Reilly said that his network and the Wall Street Journal editorial page are the only two national news agencies challenging “the progressive agenda with authority.”
“MSNBC and CNN are getting hammered economically by Fox News, so those agencies are hungry to participate in the attack process,” he said. “The failure of those operations to compete effectively against us has cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. Some who work for those channels are desperate, their own jobs now in jeopardy.”
Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.
‘Stop it! Stop it’: Shocking video shows young girl in Seattle crying after reportedly being maced by police
Video posted to social media on Saturday reportedly shows the aftermath after a young girl was maced by Seattle Police.
The girl can be heard screaming as protesters attempted to deliver first aid.
"Stop it! Stop it," she screamed.
Here is a thread Twitter user Kayvon Behroozian posted to Twitter, tagging local media outlets, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.
Apparently Officer Campbell (see thread — mustache) of @SeattlePD maced the CHILD crying in this video. He did not provide his badge number upon request, unlike his colleagues. @seattletimes @Q13FOX @MayorJenny @carmenbest (posting on behalf of friend who took these videos/pics) pic.twitter.com/0ojb37RSJt
Trump Tower is ‘under siege’ as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building
Protesters marched on Trump Tower in Chicago on Saturday, as Chicago police in riot gear and on horses defend the president's building.
State police were deployed to the scene to back up local police, who are reportedly arresting protesters.
On video showed protesters taking a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
Actor John Cusack was among those documenting the protest.
Here are some of the images from the scene:
George Floyd’s brother tears up discussing condolence phone call from Trump: ‘It hurt me’
The brother of George Floyd described the condolence phone call he received from President Donald Trump during a Saturday interview on MSNBC.
Philonise Floyd was interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on "Politics Nation."
While Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder, the other three officers involved in the killing remain free.
"They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty," Floyd said.
"What was the conversation with President Trump like?" Sharpton asked.
"It was so fast," Floyd replied.
"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.' And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."