Bill O’Reilly was so furious about the way the media was reporting on the situation in Ferguson, Mo. that he left vacation Wednesday night to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
The Fox News host blasted NBC News in particular because he said it “pays Al Sharpton to deliver garbage.” Sharpton has made several appearances in the Missouri city since an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer there on Aug. 9.
“Al Sharpton has the nerve to insult the American police community, men and women risking their lives to protect us,” an incensed O’Reilly said. “This charlatan has the gall to do that and NBC News is paying him? My god, why is this acceptable?”
He then went after MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard for saying there is a “war on black boys.”
“The truth is that 91 percent of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks. Ninety-one percent,'” O’Reilly said. “Yet that woman tried to mislead folks by accusing American law enforcement of shooting down young black men in the streets. It’s beyond belief.”
He also complained again that the public has already judged the case against Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who was named as the cop who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. O’Reilly said those “race hustlers” are pursuing “lynch-mob justice” and offered that Wilson should be put away in jail for life if a jury convicts him of murder.
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