Maddow: What Signal Does O’Reilly’s Threats Send to Fox’s ‘Real Reporters’?

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow addressed the Bill O’Reilly controversy Tuesday night, asking what signal O’Reilly’s threats against New York Times and Mother Jones reporters would send to the “real reporters” at Fox News.

O’Reilly was accused last week by Mother Jones’ David Corn of embellishing accounts of his reporting from his CBS days. But Maddow was less interested in the Brian Williams-esque allegations than in O’Reilly’s bellicose reaction to them.

“Mr. O’Reilly has responded to those allegations by basically going ballistic,” Maddow said, noting that he had literally threatened a New York Times reporter.

“Fox News has a bunch of folks like Mr. O’Reilly on their shows,” Maddow said. “But they also have a lot of real reporters on staff who do real reporting all day long on real news. …and I’m sure they don’t take kindly when their own reporters get threatened for trying to do their jobs.”

“It is hard to imagine what this is going to do to the work environment at Fox News Channel for the Fox News Channel’s real reporters,” Maddow said, “and they do have them.”

Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:

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