Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said on Wednesday night that more Americans identify as socially liberal because fewer Americans now “understand important issues.”
O’Reilly referenced a Gallup poll released last week, which found that for the first time since 1999, Americans are equally likely to identify as socially liberal as they are to identify as socially conservative.
“More Americans are simply ignorant of the consequences involving social behavior,” he explained. “The rise of the Net has taken people away from the real world and put them in a fantasy world.”
“I believe only about 50 percent of the American people take the time to understand important issues,” O’Reilly continued. “Half the country does not. They are simpletons, unwilling and unable to discipline themselves into formulating a philosophy of life.”
O’Reilly also blamed the entertainment industry and social media for promoting liberal ideas, such as support for gay marriage. He also said that there are more liberal news websites than conservative ones.
“The stars are lined up in favor of liberal thought and that is a powerful influence,” O’Reilly said.
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