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Bill O'Reilly Claims He Was 'Taken Out Of Context' For Remarks About Harlem Restaurant

After first taking up for Rush Limbaugh and calling the campaign to go after his advertisers “fascist” Bill O'Reilly, with the help of Laura Ingraham decided to attack Media Matters as well for supposedly taking out of context what he said after his trip to Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem.

After first taking up for Rush Limbaugh and calling the campaign to go after his advertisers “fascist” Bill O'Reilly, with the help of Laura Ingraham decided to attack Media Matters as well for supposedly taking out of context what he said after his trip to Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem.

O'Reilly and Ingraham apparently are unaware that there are these things called recording devices where there's a record of what you actually said which can be played back later to prove you're lying.

O'REILLY: They did to me on this ahhh... I don't even remember but... I went to Sylvia's restaurant with Al Sharpton, I don't know, five or six years ago and we did the thing on the radio...

INGRAHAM: Ah... yeah.

O'REILLY: Where I said I was talking about my grandmother and how fearful she was of African Americans, because she never met one.

INGRAHAM: Right.

O'REILLY: My grandmother literally, not knowing African Americans... and I said no, I can take my grandmother into Sylvia's restaurant, where you see a top flight restaurant...

INGRAHAM: Right.

O'REILLY: …that's no different than any other restaurant, my grandmother might have been swayed if she did not have these very narrow opinions.

INGRAHAM: I remember.

O'REILLY: So I was trying to do a good thing.

INGRAHAM: Yeah.

O'REILLY: And at Media Matters, absolutely took it out of context, twisted it around and then tried to get me fired... tried to get the black community... but thank god they didn't rally, but tried to get me off the air, because of that!

Here's our original post when this first happened back in 2007 -- Bill O'Reilly Surprised At Civility Of Black Restaurant Patrons.

And here's the Media Matters post he was complaining about -- O'Reilly surprised "there was no difference" between Harlem restaurant and other New York restaurants. I don't see any mention of his grandmother in the transcript and O'Reilly conveniently left out any references to m-f-ing iced tea during this segment with Ingraham.

Here's the audio of O'Reilly's show where he claimed he was being taken out of context for anyone that didn't follow the link back to our post from '07.

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