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Michigan activist smacks O’Reilly for claiming anti-Muslim segment was ‘good-natured satire’

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was forced to concede on Thursday that correspondent Jesse Watters made some errors in a piece focusing on the Muslim community in Dearborn, Michigan. At the same time, however, he insisted that Watters meant no harm.

“Wouldn’t you say that it was satire, and pretty much good-natured satire?” O’Reilly asked guest Dawud Walid.

“I don’t think it really was satire,” said Walid, the executive director for the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “Especially when you have people making comments about ‘honor killings,’ and you go on your Facebook page, Bill — and it’s not your fault. But because of that story, people are talking about ‘Bomb Dearborn.'”

Both Walid and Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly — no relation to the Factor host — criticized Watters’ segment on Wednesday in which he asked Muslim residents questions such as “Do you like Christmas?” and “Which way is Mecca?”

The segment also featured a local man calling the city’s Muslim community “bad” and describing it as unfriendly, as well as an allegation that there was an “honor killing” in Dearborn last year.

As Walid said on the show, several commenters on the Fox host’s Facebook page left anti-Islamic comments after it aired, including “Deport all of the towel heads” and “Muslim men, women and children should be put to death.” O’Reilly dismissed these comments as coming from “nuts.”

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Walid also pointed out that the “honor killing” allegation was false, as was one remark in the segment about a “condom killing.”

“At the end of the day, the Dearborn community is systematically miscategorized,” he said. “We’ve all types of nuts that come into Dearborn, and these types of depictions just give nuts more fuel to come into Dearborn based on false stereotypes.”

O’Reilly then compared the Dearborn segment to one aired last week featuring Catholics.

“People understand that this is done in a satirical way,” he argued. “That’s why you’re overreacting. However, your points about ‘honor killings’ and stonings and things like that, that’s my fault as an editor. I should have said, ‘You know what? You can’t back this up — and believe me, I’m glad you contacted us ’cause it won’t happen again — that there is any accusation of violence or something like that, we’ll check it out. If it doesn’t check, we’ll cut it. But overall, it was a gentle piece, and you know it was gentle.”

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Earlier this year, however, O’Reilly did not argue that Watters’ report painting black homeless New York City residents as a problem — which was also criticized — was “good-natured satire.”

Watch the interview, as aired on Thursday, below.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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