Media Critic David Zurawik: ‘Sickened By’ Bill O’Reilly ‘Exploiting the Fissures’ In Our Society

On today’s broadcast of CNN’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter devoted a segment to the notion of negative partisanship and how it colors much of today’s news media coverage. After it was highlighted that Fox News has been obsessed with Hillary Clinton despite her losing the election a year ago, Stelter pressed Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik if one ideological side was more responsible than the other.

“Is it fair to say, we do have a partisan media in this country, is it fair to say this is a problem on the left, but more of a problem on the right?” Stelter asked.

“I think it’s absolutely more of a problem on the right,” Zurawik exclaimed, pointing out that he noticed Fox News’ Laura Ingraham using the Roy Moore scandal to instead go after Democrats over Bill Clinton.

“Trump won by saying, look, there are these forces that are causing all the pain to you people out there who feel abused,” he further explained. “I’m the only one who will stand up to those forces.”

Zurawik then went on to point out how he heard ex-Fox News star Bill O’Reilly push this exact same messaging when the conservative commentator appeared at an event in Baltimore recently.

“He said, you can’t trust them — The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, the Baltimore Sun — they lie,” Zurawik noted. “I tell you the truth. Pay attention to me. And I thought, my God, these people. And it’s people on the right that are exploiting the fissures in this society and driving this.”

He continued, “Media political figures. In that arena, it wasn’t chilled, I don’t want to overstate it, but I was sickened by what I heard from O’Reilly and what I read in Breitbart’s coverage of [Steve] Bannon’s speech.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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