Bill O'Reilly

Donald Trump Defends Racist Retweet: ‘Am I Gonna Check Every Statistic?’


GOP front-runner refuses to back down after citing bogus crime statistics.

Donald Trump on Monday night defended his retweet of fabricated crime statistics that blamed African-Americans for most of the nation’s murders.

“Am I gonna check every statistic?” the Republican presidential front-runner told Bill O’Reilly on Monday night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News.

The phony stats claim African-Americans killed 81 percent of white people. In truth, 82 percent of murders involving white victims were committed by white people, according to the FBI’s 2014 crime data.


“This bothered me,” O’Reilly said of the retweet. “It’s totally wrong.”

Trump was unapologetic.

“I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert and it was also a radio show,” Trump said.

“Why do you want to be in that zone?” O’Reilly asked.

“Hey Bill. Bill. Am I gonna check every statistic?” Trump said. “I’ve got millions and millions of people, @realDonaldTrump by the way.”

“You’ve got to, you’re a presidential contender,” O’Reilly said.

“This came out of radio shows and everything else,” Trump repeated.

“Oh c’mon,” said O’Reilly. “Radio shows?”

“All it was is a retweet, it wasn’t from me, and it did,” Trump persisted. “It came out of a radio show and other places because you see all the names.”

Trump was apparently referring to Wayne Dupree, a conservative radio host tagged in the tweet. However, Dupree said on Twitter he had nothing to do with it:

O’Reilly told Trump he was looking out for him and “every honest politician.”

“Don’t do this,” O’Reilly advised. “Don’t put your name on stuff like this, because it makes the other side, it gives them stuff to tell the ill-informed voter that you’re a racist. You just handed them the platter.”

O’Reilly also suggested that Trump give up tweeting.

“Give it up for Lent,” O’Reilly said. “Lent is coming soon.”

Watch the full exchange in the clip above.

Trump to O’Reilly: 14th Amendment is unconstitutional

NEW YORK - MAY 15: Donald Trump watches from the stands along with news commentator Bill O'Reilly during the game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on May 15, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Twins 5-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Donald Trump clashed with Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night over the part of his immigration plan that would take away citizenship from the children who were born in the United States but whose parents came to the country illegally.

Under the 14th Amendment, O’Reilly told Trump on “The O’Reilly Factor,” mass deportations of so-called birthright citizens cannot happen.

Trump disagreed, and said that “many lawyers are saying that’s not the way it is in terms of this.”

“What happens is, they’re in Mexico, they’re going to have a baby, they move over here for a couple of days, they have the baby,” Trump said, telling O’Reilly that the lawyers said, “It’s not going to hold up in court, it’s going to have to be tested.

“Regardless, when people are illegally in the country, they have to go. Now, the good ones — there are plenty of good ones — will work, so it’s expedited, we can expedite it where they come back in, but they come back legally,” Trump clarified.

O’Reilly then asked Trump if he envisions “federal police kicking in the doors in barrios around the country dragging families out and putting them on a bus” as a means to deport everyone he intends to deport.

“I don’t think they have American citizenship, and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers — some would disagree. But many of them agree with me — you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship. We have to start a process where we take back our country. Our country is going to hell. We have to start a process, Bill, where we take back our country,” Trump said.

There is a way to do it, O’Reilly said, in amending the Constitution.

Trump also said that he would not pursue an amendment to the Constitution to remedy the situation.

“It’s a long process, and I think it would take too long. I’d much rather find out whether or not anchor babies are citizens because a lot of people don’t think they are,” he said. “We’re going to test it out. That’s going to happen, Bill.”

Bill O’Reilly freaks out: #BlackLivesMatter ‘wants to tear down the country’

'O'Reilly Factor' host Bill O'Reilly on July 28, 2015. [YouTube]

‘O’Reilly Factor’ host Bill O’Reilly on July 28, 2015. [YouTube]


Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused Black Lives Matter organizers again on Tuesday of being more political operatives than demonstrators, while also scoffing at Jay-Z and Beyoncé for donating money to groups affiliated with the movement.

“Do you think they know that [they are] giving money to an anarchistic group like this that wants to tear down the country and is talking about genocide, and really really extreme things,” O’Reilly told Washington Times reporter Kelly Riddell. “You think they have any idea what they’re doing?”

As he did last December, O’Reilly accused the demonstrations of being orchestrated by “agitators,” noting a remark by co-founder Patrisse Cullors over the weekend that they would stage protests at next year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

“I don’t know whether this crew, Black Lives Matter, have any constituency other than the radical left, the real fringe nuts that run around the country saying crazy things,” O’Reilly said.

Riddell told the host that the demonstrators should be taken seriously in the wake of their protest during the Netroots Nation conference earlier this month, which prompted an apology from Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley for using the phrase “all lives matter” — typically seen as a way to downplay police violence against black Americans.

“He didn’t have to issue an apology,” O’Reilly said of the former Maryland governor. “He chose to. But that’s O’Malley’s fault for even going to the Netroots convention.”

“I mean, Hillary Clinton has been there before,” she replied. “A lot of liberal activists go to this on a yearly basis.”

Riddell also referred back to her report this past January stating that groups affiliated with the movement had received donations either directly from progressive billionaire George Soros’ Open Sources Foundation, or affiliated groups.

According to her, a number of organizations under the #BlackLivesMatter “umbrella” benefitted from the funding, and followed narratives set out by “think tanks.”

“They believe fundamentally that it’s social policy and ‘The Man’ and the professional political class that is out to get them with unjust policies,” she said. “That basically all of their social woes, all their economic woes can be based on unfair policies.”

Watch the segment, as posted online on Tuesday, below.

Keith Olbermann Rumored To Be Returning To MSNBC

Gosh, I miss this guy!


Well it has been a long time needed, but there are rumors now that due to failing ratings at MSNBC, and since ESPN couldn’t handle the truth, Keith Olbermann might be returning to the Prime Time Lineup at MSNBC. Olbermann was removed from his position a few years ago due to irreconcilable differences between him and upper management (Phil Griffin, who is MSNBC president and NOT a progressive). MSNBC’s ratings have been failing badly due to terrible management by Griffin, in trying to carbon copy Rachel Maddow into enough numbers to fill every one hour time slot on the network after their GOP Apologist morning show “Morning Joe”.

Rumored to be on the block are Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton, and Chris Hayes. Any one of these could be removed and have this open up a 1 hour slot for the return of Keith to prime time political commentary. Keith did a fine job on ESPN, and actually made me watch that network for the first time in my life with any form of regularity, however his speaking the truth on injustice, criminal behavior, and general shenanigans in Big $ports, has put him on the outs with ESPN management who gave him his walking papers earlier this summer.

As usual, the same problem followed Olbermann to ESPN that he had at MSNBC. He was dogged by Corporate Apologists/GOP Apologists in the network management that hated the idea of his speaking the truth about things like Roger Goodell’s untenable leadership in the wake of so many abuse scandals by players and the subsequent coverups that ensued by the organization, and allegations of cheating going unchallenged in the Patriots, due to personal relationships between Goodell and the Patriots franchise. Olbermann was giving criticism well deserved of the NFL, along with other sports personalities and organizations where merited and this was too much for ESPN. They needed a bland, whitewashed, profit-friendly business model.

Now we will wait and see what happens with Keith and MSNBC. Will they reunite again for a future journey? Olbermann was previously being harassed by network management for donating his own money to political campaigns, all of which was totally within legal boundaries but somehow was seen as “Bad” by management (yes a progressive icon like Olbermann donating to progressive campaigns with his own money is wrong according to MSNBC management). Olbermann had previously said that he was not very much into the idea of returning to MSNBC due to this, among other issues with upper management, however I suppose when push comes to shove, the corporate shill Phil Griffin might be made to give some allowances and probably a lot more money to try to revive the ratings that he has pushed into the toilet systematically for years now. With the demise of CurrentTV, a progressive populist message is sorely in demand in America, and MSNBC has been unable to fulfill this for a very long time. Olbermann would definitely draw back the viewers and if he is allowed to just be himself this time, he will definitely be able to keep them.

Olbermann regularly destroyed BillO the Clown. This is one of the best things ever to happen on television.

If you happen to still watch MSNBC (I do at times) you probably get wistful of the good old days of Martin Bashir, Keith Olbermann, Dylan Ratigan, and Cenk Uygur. These people along with Rachel Maddow brought a harder hitting progressive message, sometimes frustrated, sometimes angry, but always straight shooting and not afraid to call out hypocrisy. Since then, all of these people have been removed from MSNBC, simply because they had the temerity to call out the establishment and not give credence to the “we need to present both sides” viewpoint that has completely polluted the network since then. MSNBC is practically Fox News, and Fox News is now some completely unhinged creature that has an assault rifle for genitals and develops spontaneous stigmata any time someone says the words “equality” or “minimum wage” in any context other than to get rid of both. I, for one, hope this rumor is completely true. Come back Keith, we miss you and need you back.

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7 Conservatives Who Surprisingly Have Refused To Stand Behind Pam Geller




For many on the right, this was a no brainer: pundits at Fox News and National Review, as well as blogs like RedState and Hot Air, defended Geller’s event and slammed liberals for supposedly blaming the victim. At best, she was a courageous free speech activist; at worst, a “provocateur.”

For her part, Geller has repeatedly called out “the Left” for caving in to “savages” on the issue of free speech.

But several high profile conservatives have made it clear they don’t think too much of her cartoon contest, either.

Here are seven of the more prominent — and surprising — examples:

Bill O’Reilly

Fox News may be giving Geller more airtime than any other cable news channel in the aftermath of the attack, but not every host considers her a free speech hero like Sean Hannity does.

“Two guys are dead,” O’Reilly said during his show on Monday while sparring with fellow Fox host Megyn Kelly. The host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” who has done his fair share of saber rattling against “radical Islam,” pushed back against Kelly’s defense of Geller.

“It’s always cause and effect,” O’Reilly said. “This is what happens when you light the fuse; you get violence.”

“You sound like you are defending, you are attacking the event itself,” Kelly said.

“No I’m not. I would do it another way,” O’Reilly said.

Bill Donahue

Geller may hold the distinction of being the only person to unite the one-man Catholic League, Bill Donahue, with any secular liberal, on any issue. But Monday night, he took to the airwaves on the Fox News show “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and condemned her cartoon contest unequivocally.

“When you embolden people, when you empower people, the haters, you’re going to get violence,” Donohue said. “And so why would anybody who’s morally responsibly want to intentionally incite other people?”

“We live in a sick society that some people think it’s good to taunt other people,” he added.

Donald Trump

The most straightforward condemnation of Geller came from reality TV star, real estate mogul and wannabe presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“Nobody would fight harder for free speech than me but why taunt, over and over again, in order to provoke possible death to audience,” he tweeted on Monday. “DUMB!”

He also complained about it on “Fox & Friends” and suggested Geller draw something else besides Muhammad.

Geller was asked about Trump’s remarks on Fox; she complained that the Donald “flaps his tongue” too much.

Martha MacCallum

Which brings us to Martha MacCallum, the Fox host who pressed Geller to answer her conservative critics on Tuesday. In response to Trump’s line about “taunting” Muslims, Geller ended up comparing herself to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

MacCallum, who had been nodding along with Geller during earlier portions of the interview, wouldn’t have it.

“No, no, no, where are you getting the Rosa Parks comparison?” MacCallum said. She brought up Donohue and even the Pope, saying, “if you want to make a difference, you do it in a Christian way, you don’t do it in a crass way by insulting someone’s religion.”

By the end of the segment, MacCallum told Geller, “I get where you are coming from. I’m not sure you went about it the right way.”

Rev. Franklin Graham

Perhaps the most surprising contribution was the Rev. Franklin Graham, who called the cartoon contest “wrong.”

“As a Christian, I don’t like it when people mock my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and what this event in Garland, Texas, was doing was mocking the Muslims,” he said Wednesday during an interview on Fox. “And I disagree with Islam, I don’t believe in Islam, but I’m not going to mock them and make fun of them.”

Graham himself has scare-mongered about Muslim infiltration of the White House, and never hesitates to free-associate on, say, whether or not President Barack Obama’s mother was secretly a Muslim.

Greta Van Susteren

Of all the Fox hosts, Van Susteren came down on Geller the hardest, accusing her of luring police into danger by casting aside “good judgment.”

“Yes, of course, there is a First Amendment right and of course it’s very important. But the exercise of that right includes using good judgement,” Van Susteren said on Tuesday evening.

Van Susteren said that “everyone” knew the event would become violent, and that Geller went ahead and put police in jeopardy anyway.

“Was it fair to the police, to knowingly put them at risk by this unnecessary provocation?” she asked. “I say no.”

Laura Ingraham

“There are a lot of things that we can say, that we have a right to say, that we shouldn’t say,”Ingraham told O’Reilly on Tuesday night’s episode of the “The O’Reilly Factor.” “We shouldn’t unnecessarily insult people, personal attacks.”

“To do what was done at this convention,” she said, “it not only doesn’t accomplish anything, I think it could actually make things worse for us.”

Ingraham appeared to realize she was breaking with many on the right over Geller’s antics.

“And I know conservatives watching this across the country are like, ‘I can’t believe Ingraham is coddling the Islamists!’” she said. “No I’m not.”


Tavis Smiley shuts down Bill O’Reilly on police violence: ‘How many isolated incidents equal a pattern?’

Tavis Smiley (Fox News)

The Raw Story

Talk show host Tavis Smiley briefly threw Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for a loop with a pointed question on police violence.

The pair were engaged in a discussion Wednesday night on recent cases of police brutality, which O’Reilly shrugged off as isolated incidents that drew undue attention because they were captured on video, reported Mediaite.

“My question to you, Bill O’Reilly, is: How many isolated incidents equal a pattern?” Smiley said.

The bombastic O’Reilly was briefly silenced before admitting he couldn’t answer, and Smiley accused him of dodging the question.

“It’s an impossible question – I’m not dodging – it’s an impossible question to answer with any certainty,” O’Reilly said, comparing a statistic showing 135 black men shot by police in one recent year to the 1.2 million police officers in the U.S.

Smiley said he did not dispute O’Reilly’s statistics, but rather his interpretation of their meaning.

“When you try to tell black people every time one of these incidents happens and another precious young life is lost, that it’s just an isolated incident — that’s offensive, No. 1,” he said.

“But No. 2, as you said earlier, there are far more white people maimed by cops every day in this country than black people, and this is why this ought to be a concern for all Americans – not a color-coded issue,” Smiley continued. “We’ve got to respect and revel in the humanity of all citizens.

“And I have to stick up for the cops, because generally I think they’re doing a good job,” O’Reilly said.

Watch the entire segment posted online by Fox News

Bill Maher Torches ‘Blatant Bald-Assed Liar’ Bill O’Reilly (VIDEO)


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Maher called him a “blatant bald-assed liar. … These are out and out lies.”

Watch the video below, via HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher.

Fox News stands by Bill O’Reilly

Bill O'Reilly is pictured. | Getty

Bill O’Reilly is pictured. | Getty


If Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has a “Brian Williams problem,” as his detractors hope, it may be one with a different outcome.

In a statement Sunday, a spokesperson for the cable channel said, “Fox News Chairman and C.E.O. Roger Ailes and all senior management are in full support of Bill O’Reilly,” according to The New York Times.

O’Reilly is contesting accusations that he has repeatedly exaggerated his war-reporting experience.

An article by Mother Jones last week claimed that O’Reilly has misled audiences with multiple accounts about his experience reporting for CBS News during the 1982 Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina, and in El Salvador.

O’Reilly never set foot in a war zone like the one he described, the article by Mother Jones asserts, featuring quotes from his CBS contemporaries.

“Nobody got to the war zone during the Falklands war,” CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky told the magazine, adding that the military junta in Argentina prevented American reporters from getting to the islands.

“I never said I was on the Falkland Islands,” O’Reilly said on “The O’Reilly Factor” last Friday. “I said I covered the Falklands, which is what I did.”

“This is such a smear, it is unbelievable,” O’Reilly told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz on his “MediaBuzz” program Sunday.

But since Mother Jones published its article, others have come forward to criticize O’Reilly’s version of events.

Another former colleague pushed back on O’Reilly’s accounts late last week in a lengthy Facebook post.

Eric Engberg, a former CBS News correspondent who covered the aftermath of the Falklands conflict from Buenos Aires, said that O’Reilly’s story about covering a protest in the Argentine capital wasn’t accurate, adding that it was a “relatively tame riot” after Argentina surrendered to the British on the islands.

“It was an ‘expense account zone,’” Engberg wrote.

O’Reilly responded to the post on Sunday, reading from a contemporary New York Times dispatch that recounted police using tear gas to disperse “thousands of angry Argentines who had massed in front of the presidential palace.” Engberg said that the Fox News host’s story about his cameraman getting run down and “bleeding from the ear” could have only happened during that event.

“I don’t think he was there. I don’t think he knows what happened,” O’Reilly said of Engberg, adding that he had requested the video of the protest from CBS News.

CBS News confirmed to Deadline that it is in the process of locating video of the incident O’Reilly is referencing.

Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem

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The Fox News host has said he was in a “war zone” that apparently no American correspondent reached.

After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn’t “half as responsible as the men who forged the nation.” He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other “distortions” by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O’Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don’t withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.

O’Reilly has repeatedly told his audience that he was a war correspondent during the Falklands war and that he experienced combat during that 1982 conflict between England and Argentina. He has often invoked this experience to emphasize that he understands war as only someone who has witnessed it could. As he once put it, “I’ve been there. That’s really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I’ve seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven’t.”

Fox News and O’Reilly did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Here are instances when O’Reilly touted his time as a war correspondent during the Falklands conflict:

  • In his 2001 book, The No Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America, O’Reilly stated, “You know that I am not easily shocked. I’ve reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands.”
  • Conservative journalist Tucker Carlson, in a 2003 book, described how O’Reilly answered a question during a Washington panel discussion about media coverage of the Afghanistan war: “Rather than simply answer the question, O’Reilly began by trying to establish his own bona fides as a war correspondent. ‘I’ve covered wars, okay? I’ve been there. The Falklands, Northern Ireland, the Middle East. I’ve almost been killed three times, okay.'”
  • In a 2004 column about US soldiers fighting in Iraq, O’Reilly noted, “Having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands war, I know that life-and-death decisions are made in a flash.”
  • In 2008, he took a shot at journalist Bill Moyers, saying, “I missed Moyers in the war zones of [the] Falkland conflict in Argentina, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland. I looked for Bill, but I didn’t see him.”

Much more continued here…

O’Reilly: Black People Should Wear ‘Don’t Get Pregnant At 14’ T-Shirts


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It bothers me a great deal that MLK III acquiesced to Bill O’Reilly’s insulting remarks…

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Guest Martin Luther King III told the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” that America needs to hear a unifying message amid recent racial turmoil. O’Reilly interjected with his suggestion for “a pathway to success” for black people.

“Don’t abandon your children. Don’t get pregnant at 14. Don’t allow your neighborhoods to deteriorate into free-fire zones. That’s what the African American community should have on their T-shirts,” he said.

“Am I wrong?” O’Reilly asked his guest.

King almost immediately segued to a different point. “Well, I think that’s a part of it, but that’s not the entirety,” he said, going on to say Americans need to address more than just police misconduct.

Watch the clip, via Media Matters: