February 28, 2014

Fox News superstar Bill O’Reilly traveled to Washington yesterday to watch President Obama launch “My Brother’s Keeper,” a five-year program to assist the country’s black youth. Later, in a chat with Fox News’s chief White House correspondent, Ed Henry, O’Reilly spoke a bit about the provenance of the initiative. He said that he attended the White House event because he’d “chided” President Obama in their Super Bowl Sunday interview, which contained this exchange:

BILL O’REILLY – One of my, uh, points on “The Factor” is that poverty is driven by the dissolution of the American family, that is the prime mover, okay. On your watch, median income has dropped 17 percent among working families in this country. That’s not a good record, it’s not all your fault, part of it was this terrible recession, we all know that. Everybody knows that.

PRESIDENT OBAMA – Okay.

O’REILLY – All right. But 72 percent of babies in African-American community are born out of wedlock.

PRESIDENT OBAMA – Yeah.

O’REILLY – Why isn’t there a campaign by you and the first lady to address that problem very explicitly?

In looking back at past weeks, O’Reilly summed things up: “Yes, and I said, ‘Come on, when are you guys going to get off it and start to do something big?’ And then you know he wanted to — you know, I’m not saying I’m responsible for this, it was probably in the works long before. But I think that’s why I even got into the door today.”

Got it.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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