NewsOne host Roland S. Martin ripped Fox’s Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday, accusing the Factor host of condemning the Black Lives Matter movement only because it was holding police accountable.
“I don’t recall you, Bill O’Reilly, ever saying that you’re gonna take out police brutality,” Martin said. “I don’t recall you ever saying you’re gonna take out police corruption. But all of a sudden, you want to take out [the] Black Lives Matter movement because you don’t like the fact that they’re out there protesting.”
Earlier this week, O’Reilly threatened to put the movement “out of business” and also to expose media outlets he thought were supporting it. He said at the time that he considered Black Lives Matter a hate group and accused them of inciting violence against police officers, a position which both colleagues and legal experts have questioned.
Martin, a former CNN contributor, argued that he had never heard O’Reilly mention the fatal shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford last August in Ohio.
“He wasn’t thuggin’, he wasn’t out there beating anybody, he wasn’t selling drugs,” Martin said of Crawford. “He was on his cell phone talking to his family in a Walmart. But he’s dead, and the cops got off. And you said nothing.”
He then challenged O’Reilly to “get out of [his] studio” and discuss cases like the deaths of Rekia Boyd, Ayana Jones, Eric Garner, and Victor White III, and offered to debate O’Reilly or any of his Fox colleagues.
“When are you gonna use your voice and your platform to go after cops? When will you, Bill O’Reilly, tell the good cops they should stand up and say something when cops lie on police reports when they kill black people?” Martin asked. “Until you do that, shut the hell up.”
Watch Martin’s commentary, as posted online, below.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 2, 2015