During the November 28 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly defended President-elect Donald Trump ties to white nationalists, claiming the “liberal press” are “putting out absurd storylines.”
BILL O’REILLY (HOST): Creating a mythological situation, that is the subject of the third Talking Points memo. The liberal press furious that Donald Trump won the election, so now they are putting out absurd storylines designed to denigrate those who voted for Mr. Trump. The top one is that somehow the white power movement is gaining momentum in the U.S.A., because of Trump. You may remember that on November 19th about 275 hapless nuts showed up for a white nationalist conference in Washington, D.C. 50 reporters were there to greet them. Let me give you that again, 275 morons covered by 50 journalists. That meeting got more press than a Louis Farrakhan rally ever has.
O’REILLY: Now, Talking Points is not suggesting the media cover Farrakhan. That sound bite is simply to illustrate the extreme rhetoric is not unusual in a country of more than 330 million people. It happens all the time.
Now for some stats. According to the FBI, in 2015, there were about 1,200,000 violent crimes committed here in the U.S.A. The same year, there were less than 6,000 hate crimes reported. I mean, come on. That sound like an epidemic of hate-driven violence to you? Does it?
And then there are the folks who voted for Trump and whom the media are trying to make into some kind of fascist cadre. Bret Baier had a very fine special called The Trump Revolutionwhere every day Americans got their say.
O’REILLY: That doesn’t sound exactly sound like a Nuremberg rally, does it? Yet, folks like those are routinely demonized by left-wing media as racist, or whatever. Truth is, there is no substantial white power movement in this country. Donald Trump won the election because of economics, but the press will never tell you the truth. Instead, they continue to brook rubbish.
O’REILLY: Summing up, the press is trumping up, pardon the pun, a white power movement storyline that simply doesn’t exist. It’s vile to suggest that it does. Individual nuts are everywhere, assigning them status is grossly dishonest. I am so tired of this I can’t tell you. And that’s the Memo.
Transcript via Media Matters.