Charleston legislator Todd Rutherford, a friend of slain Reverend Clementa Pinckney, said on CNN earlier today that “hate speech” from Fox News and other outlets helped fuel the kind of rhetoric that led the Charleston church shooter to carry out the horrible killings of nine people.
Rutherford appeared on Fox News tonight, and Bill O’Reilly confronted him about those “disturbing” remarks. Rutherford stood by them and said there are a lot of black people disturbed by a lot of what Fox coers.
O’Reilly really challenged Rutherford on what he’s talking about, who on Fox says what he thinks they say, and whether he’s honestly “equating what Dylann Roof did in that church to our commentary.”
Rutherford said that Fox is in the business of demonizing President Obama, playing up race issues in a negative way, and raising the birther issue.
O’Reilly scolded Rutherford and said his friend the late reverend would not have “embraced that kind of rhetoric today.”
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
And you can watch Rutherford’s original comments here, via CNN:
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