I don't presume to know what was in the heart and mind of someone who was killed back when I was a very young child, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and take a wild guess that Martin Luther King Jr. would not want the likes of Bill O'Reilly speaking for him were he alive today.
During this Monday's Talking Points Memo, Bill-O used the March on Washington as an excuse to continue attacking single mothers (a running theme for this week from Republicans, it seems and a problem we all know O'Reilly doesn't really want to solve) and to attack civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton and call them "the civil rights industry."
O'Reilly also used the occasion to attack the unions who were also involved in organizing the event this year. If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would be the subject of one of these rants right along with the Rev. Al, rather than having O'Reilly try to rewrite history for him. He'd be calling him a union thug-loving, Socialist race-hustler and treating him with the same disdain we saw from him here.
Here's Fox's summary of the segment from their blog: O'Reilly: 'Dr. King Would Be Brokenhearted at Breakdown of Traditional Family in America':
As the United States approaches the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many are taking the time to reflect on how far the nation has come. In his Talking Points Memo tonight, Bill O’Reilly speculated what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would think of the racial situation in America today.
“If Dr. King were alive today, I believe he would be brokenhearted about what has happened to the traditional family, and not only among blacks."
O’Reilly speculated that Dr. King would not be pleased with the out-of-wedlock birth rate, the broken education system and the rap industry. “Would he approve the Civil Rights Movement that continues to blame American society for the problems encountered by blacks rather than encouraging personal responsibility as a way to achieve individual success?”
The Factor host criticized Saturday’s march in Washington D.C. for being “heavy on grievance” and “light on problem solving.”
O’Reilly slammed Al Sharpton’s National Action Network for financially profiting off of the event.
Bill-O sent one of his ambush "journalists" out to interview Sharpton, who said the event cost his group a good deal of money to put on, and O'Reilly turned around and showed the donations they receive every year and Sharpton's salary as proof they "profited from the event." I'm pretty sure all he showed here is that people are willing to donate money to his group and they pay Sharpton for running it. The group is a non-profit organization, but I'm sure that won't stop O'Reilly from continuing to make unfounded accusations against them as he did here.