If NBC executives refuse to condemn the extreme rhetoric spewing from the mouths of their MSNBC hosts, at least Fox News will. Speaking on April 25, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly chastised Comcast for allowing NBC News to hire someone like Alex Wagner to host her own daytime show on MSNBC.
Appearing on April 24, Alex Wagner disgustingly commented that, “I think that Krauthammer and O’Reilly going after the president and saying he’s not being tough enough on Muslims smells a little bit like a precursor to is the president actually secretly a Muslim.” [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]
O’Reilly appeared visibly annoyed by the sneering comments made by the ultra-liberal host, opining that, “Hard to believe that person is given a national platform by NBC News. Almost impossible to believe. I mean, what is Comcast thinking?” O’Reilly didn’t stop there, mocking the MSNBC network for its minuscule audience compared to Fox News, “The Factor's second rerun at 4:00 in the morning now beats MSNBC’s primetime broadcast."
O’Reilly then went to the actual substance of Wagner’s attack, refuting her misleading insult:
For the record, Charles Krauthammer and I did not say that President Obama is not, quote, tough enough on Muslims. We specifically analyzed why the president will not use the words Muslim jihad in describing the mode of the terror attack.
It’s a shame that MSNBC continues to employ individuals like Wagner who on a regular basis smear conservatives with hateful language. Instead of condemning employees like Wagner, MSNBC encourages them to speak with such vitriol, such as Chris Matthews, who manages to outdo himself each day with violent and aggressive language.
Thankfully, Bill O’Reilly condemned MSNBC for its failure to control its hosts, putting them on notice that such commentary has consequences.
See relevant transcript below.
The O’Reilly Factor
April 26, 2013
8:00 p.m. EDT
BILL O’REILLY: Hi I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight. Incredibly dumb stuff surrounding the Boston terror bombings. That is the subject of this evening’s talking points memo. There is no question that many on the left are very disappointed the two suspects in the terror bombing are Muslim. And it is sad to say that many in the Muslim world will never believe the Tsarnaev brothers committed the atrocity. Listen to their mother.
ZUBEIDAT TSARNAEVA: Tamerlan was the most gentle, the most nicest, the most loving, the most loving boy. The most loving, my boy, they killed him. They killed him…you know what I think? I think now they will try, they will try to make my Dzokhar guilty because they, they just took away his voice, his ability to talk to the world. You know why they did that? They did it because, because they did not want the truth to come out, ok?
O’REILLY: Now, there is nothing on earth that can make that woman accept reality. And that's a big problem with the terror war. No matter proof, no matter of what you see with your own eyes, it's going to be crazy people who deny reality. That the Islamic jihad is a threat to the world. No matter what you present they’re not going to accept it. Now even a powerful institution like NBC News employs people who denigrate the serious issue of Islamic terrorism.
ALEX WAGNER: I think that Krauthammer and O'Reilly going after the president saying he is not being tough enough on Muslims smells a little bit like a precursor to is the president actually secretly a Muslim?
O’REILLY: Hard to believe that person is given a national platform by NBC News. Almost impossible to believe. I mean, what is Comcast thinking? The Factor's second rerun at 4:00 in the morning now beats MSNBC’s 8:00 primetime broadcast. At least it did yesterday. For the record, Charles Krauthammer and I did not say that President Obama is not, quote, tough enough on Muslims. We specifically analyzed why the president will not use the words Muslim jihad in describing the mode of the terror attack.