The Five Host: Oprah ‘Diminished Her Brand’ With ‘Atrocious’ Trayvon Martin Comments
Monday afternoon towards the end of The Five, fill-in host and frequent O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters shared his opinions about Oprah Winfrey’s first public comments about the Trayvon Martin case. Watters called Winfrey’s analogy to Emmett Till “atrocious” and said it was a “missed opportunity” for the influential media mogul to move the country forward on the issue of race.
After explaining to Fox viewers who exactly Emmett Till was, Watters expressed his dismay at what he saw as an unfair comparison. “I feel like Oprah diminished her brand here,” Watters said. “It was a big missed opportunity for Oprah Winfrey. I was expecting her to kind of take the high road and elevate the conversation and to bring the country forward and add a little unity here. But instead she made this atrocious analogy and I am a little disappointed in Oprah.”
Watters appeared to be taking a page from his elder Bill O’Reilly’s playbook, accusing Winfrey of being divisive much in the same way O’Reilly has criticized comments made by President Obama, Al Sharpton and others following George Zimmerman’s acquittal. He notably did not comment on the second half of Winfrey’s statement in which she urges people to “move forward and to see how far we’ve come.”
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