July 30, 2015

Fox's Bill O'Reilly and his buddy Andrea Tantaros are completely incapable of covering any story that involves the Black Lives Matter movement without their typical race-baiting and doing their best to ignore just what the movement is all about.

From Fox's blog, here's the two of them whitesplaining to their African American contributor, Jehmu Greene, that the movement supposedly doesn't care about "black on black" crime in some of our major cities after the incident that happened following their conference in Cleveland over the weekend: Tantaros: 'Black Lives Matter, Just Not in Democratic Cities' :

Andrea Tantaros and Jehmu Greene joined Bill O'Reilly on "The Factor" tonight to react to a video of a reporter who was threatened at a "Black Lives Matter" conference.

"This is par for the course," Tantaros said. "These far-left groups take whatever tactic they need to bully and intimidate to get their points across."

She added that if this occurred at a conference involving any right-wing group, this would be a huge story.

"If you look at the incidences where you've seen rioting and things happening, it's black leaders - Democrats, like in Baltimore and in a lot of these cities - that are responsible for these incidences," Tantaros said. "It sends a message that I think is very important: That black lives matter, just not in Democratic cities."

She noted that black-on-black violence and the death toll among young black males in Chicago, for example, are both through the roof.

Greene agreed that the activists' tactics of keeping reporters out is wrong, but said she understands why they're angry.

"They want more action," Greene said. "They want more action from the police. They want more action from the candidates."

Here's more from Raw Story:

Neither O’Reilly nor Tantaros mentioned that several events using the movement’s slogan have been held in Chicago this year, focusing on police violence against black residents.

O’Reilly also showed footage of attendees at the Movement for Black Lives conference in Cleveland confronting Northeast Ohio Media Group reporter Brandon Blackwell when he recorded an outdoors event organizers described as being meant for “people of African descent.”

Footage of the encounter shows attendees trying to block Blackwell from filming, as he points out that the event was on public property. O’Reilly said those types of “Gestapo tactics” deprive the movement of credibility.

While not excusing the group’s actions, Greene argued that they were reflective of a lack of attention paid to black victims by media outlets.

“When white people are killed, the criminal justice system acts,” she said. “Here’s an example for you: if a house is on fire, and the house next to it is not on fire, and the fire department starts showing up and putting water on the house that’s not on fire, are you gonna say that house is on fire? They want everyone to understand what is going on here.”

However, O’Reilly argued that that type of media criticism does not apply to him.

“The reporter in this country who has shed the most light on young black men being killed is who?” O’Reilly asked contributor Jehmu Greene. “Who’s the one reporter who has done the most on it in the national media? That would be me.”

That would be him if you count every race-baiting, lecturing, condescending segment he's ever done in his life, like this one, appealing to the worst of the Archie Bunker crowd that watches his network. If that's what supposedly counts for "shedding light" on young black men being killed, then yeah, Bill O'Reilly has talked more about the topic than any other "reporter." He doesn't know any of their names. He doesn't care what led to their deaths unless it's something he can use as an excuse to whip his viewers into a frenzy and berate them, but no one can say he doesn't want to talk about "black on black" crime every opportunity he gets, just as he and Tantaros did here.

I always wonder how many of these guys are going to come around in the end, like we saw from Lee Atwater when he was on his death bed, and admit just how toxic they've been to the political dialog in America. I'd put O'Reilly in the stuck and stubborn to the bitter end camp if I had to guess.

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