MSNBC host slams Bill O'Reilly for blaming dead mothers
Published: Thursday June 28, 2007
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MSNBC's Dan Abrams reported Wednesday on Fox News' Bill O'Reilly's comments on the murder-suicide of pro wrestler Chris Benoit.

O'Reilly had blamed Benoit's wife, as well as another recently-murdered woman, for their own deaths, saying, "In both of these terrible situations, the men involved were troubled and chaotic, and the women involved had to know that. ... Those ladies made big mistakes. They were obligated to protect their children ... They did not protect them."

"This is an absolute outrage," said Abrams, calling O'Reilly's statements "an insult to their families and all victims of violent crime."

MSNBC's legal analyst Susan Filan added, "This is sick! Men are flocking to the defense of men who kill women. ... It is a culture of enabling."

Abrams then spoke to radio talk show host John DePetro, who lost his own job in 2006 for gay-bashing remarks on-air and is now defending O'Reilly. "John, don't you think you should distance yourself from him on this one?" asked Abrams.

DePetro replied, "Bill O'Reilly, that's why he's striking a chord with people. Her number one priority should have been to protect that baby and protect the two year old. And she's lucky that the ... well, she's dead, but the two year old is alive."

The following video is from MSNBC's Scarborough Country, broadcast on June 27.