Bill O’Reilly lashed out Tuesday at comedian Stephen Colbert for lampooning comments the Fox News host made in defense of income inequality.
In his “Talking Points Memo” segment, O’Reilly blamed a bout of rioting among college students on a sense of “grievance and entitlement” generated by Democrats’ focus on “alleged inequality.” One of the biggest mouthpieces of that progressive effort, O’Reilly said, is Colbert, the “darling of the far-left Internet.”
Last week Colbert skewered O’Reilly’s critique of efforts to reduce income inequality, labeling it an “opium-laced dream.”
“Mister Colbert is a deceiver,” O’Reilly responded. “I strongly believe in fighting for equality and also believe institutional bias should be against the law. What I oppose is government trying to impose equality because every human being is different.”
Calling the comedian an “ideological fanatic,” the Fox News host said it’s Colbert’s brand of partisan comedy, not income inequality, that is actually harming the country.
“Colbert can be dismissed as clueless, but the guy does do damage because he gives cover to the powerful people who are selling Americans a big lie,” he said, “that this country is bad, that it intentionally oppresses many of its own citizens. That is a lie.”
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