Bill O'Reilly, no innocent when it comes to causing social media outrage, did it again with his myopic response to Michelle Obama's DNC speech Monday night.
For reasons only known to him, Bill described the conditions of the slaves that built the White House like this,
"slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802."
See, Michelle? Stop your yapping. Slaves had it pretty good, too!
The sane part of the country thought this was pretty over the top, even for Bill O'Reilly.
On the Wednesday night edition of The O'Reilly Factor, Bill complained that "the Left" (yeah) wants to murder him.
“This is provocation. These people are doing this. They want me dead, Bolling, literally dead.”
No, Bill, we want you to stop apologizing and defending your consistent, repeated racism. That is all.
And maybe stop pretending you are a race relations expert, period! Because Bill? We mean this in the nicest possible way, you suck at it.
Here's the transcript via Media Matters:
ERIC BOLLING: These left wing zealots don't realize you write books about history. And I think you did, you cited history.
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): No, they realize it, They realize it.
BOLLING: OK, but here is the --
O'REILLY: This is designed though -- this is designed, Geraldo, and you know this better than anybody, this is a designed attack, came out of Media Matters, spread to Mother Jones and the other smear publications, and then into the Daily News and USA Today, designed to diminish me and to harm the Fox News channel. That's what it is designed to do.
BILL O'REILLY: I think the time has come now, where this whole network is going to have to band together, all of us, and we are going to have to call out the people who are actively trying to destroy this network, by using lies and deception and propaganda. We're going to have to start to call them out by name, because that's how bad it's become.
O'REILLY: You saw -- you saw the provocations, and that's what I reported on, the racial provocations. And then we see black men killing cops. Now, cause and effect? You can't do it 100 percent, but certainly you can discuss cause and effect. I'm afraid it's going to happen with Fox News. Geraldo gets water dumped on him, what if somebody hit him in the head with a club?
Our reporters can't go out on the floor? Jesse Watters goes on the floor of the Democratic Convention, and some photographer comes up and starts swearing at him and cursing at him right in his face? This is provocation. These people are doing this. They want me dead, Bolling, literally dead."
All of Bill O's history books have been panned by a multitude of historians, Bolling. And Jesse Watters is your stooge, who routinely goes around with a camera, sandbagging and inciting anger against those who you disagree with.
And a word about Bill O'Reilly conflating the "attacks" on him with an effort by "The Left" to Fox News. Perhaps if the men in your organization stopped sexually harassing the female employees in such a way that some suspect Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit is only the tip of the iceberg, you wouldn't be begging your all-male panel to circle the wagons around the Fox News Flag with you in the middle.
Didn't Fox News bail you out of a similar situation with a female employee, Bill? For a reported six million dollars? Thought so.