Bill O'Reilly Blasts Critics, Says His Comments on Slavery Were "Not a Justification"
The Fox News commentator previously said the slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government" in response to Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC.
An angry Bill O'Reilly defended himself Wednesday against critics who suggested his assertion that slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government" was made to justify slavery.
Calling slavery an "abomination," the Fox News Channel host said his statement was "not a justification, not a defense of slavery. Anyone who implies a soft-on-slavery message is beneath contempt."
O'Reilly had made the comment the previous night while discussing First Lady Michelle Obama's convention speech, where she said she woke up every morning in a White House built by slaves. O'Reilly said Obama was right, but his comment that those slaves were "well-fed" created a social media storm.
He said his critics "want me dead, literally dead." He said there was an effort by the "sneaky, disgusting far-left press" to discredit Fox News because it was a network "where [Donald] Trump gets a fair shake" — unlike competitors covering the Republican presidential candidate.
While O'Reilly talked about the controversy that originated on his own show, CNN and MSNBC aired convention speakers who talked about gun violence, including a woman whose mother died in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut.