Fox News host Bill O’Reilly exploded on Wednesday against what he described as a campaign to demonize both the US and his network.
“You want a war? You got a war. I’m not gonna sit here any longer and take this garbage,” he said. “People who lie, run the country down, or are racist themselves are gonna be called out right here on the Factor.”
O’Reilly bemoaned what he called “the insane rhetoric on cable news,” while accusing Yahoo of prioritizing “anti-Fox defamation.”
“You rarely see any conservative points of view on Yahoo — where’s Daily Caller? Where’s Breitbart? Where’s World Net Daily? Where’s Newsmax?” he asked. “In the world of Yahoo News, they don’t exist. Yet every anti-Fox statement Jon Stewart is headlined. It’s disgraceful.”
Meanwhile, O’Reilly argued, Fox was unfairly lambasted for questioning the notion that prioritization of white people is a problem in the US, which he called a “blatant dishonesty.”
“The truth is, there is no organized effort to harm black people by white people. That doesn’t exist here,” he said. “The real racism is looking away from what is really harming black Americans — the root cause of poverty.”
As he has in the past, O’Reilly blamed what he called “corrosive culture” within black neighborhoods, as well as lax educational standards.
“Every stat and every poll say the same thing: there is not an epidemic of racism in the United States of America,” he argued. “That is the truth, and the liars who distort the record are now on notice: you will be held to account.”
While O’Reilly did not identify a specific survey in his remarks, the Washington Post reported last week that 13 percent of black Americans identified race relations as the country’s most pressing issue — a 10 percent increase compared to the beginning of 2014.
Also, the Atlantic reported that in a separate survey, 49 percent of respondents felt that the deaths of black men in encounters with police were part of a larger pattern, as opposed to isolated incidents. The Post also reported last October that 16 percent of white respondents in a third poll said they felt there was “a lot” of discrimination in the country, compared to 56 percent of black respondents.
Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as aired on Fox on Wednesday, below.