In the weeks leading up to the Erik Wemple Blog’s mid-August vacation, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was busy bashing the civil rights “grievance industry.” On July 31, he said this:
Under heavy pressure to stop demonizing America by calling it a racist society and start trying to solve some of the severe problems in poor African-American precincts the far-left grievance industry is getting more desperate every day. Instead of trying to come up with solutions to the disproportionate amount of violent crime caused by young African-American men, the catastrophic high school dropout rate in the inner city, and the destruction of the traditional black family, the race hustlers and their sympathizers have descended into the gutter.
Back from vacation, the Erik Wemple Blog has found an echo in O’Reilly’s message. Last night, the host inveighed against the following alliance:
The civil rights industry, teachers unions, far-left media and apathetic Americans are all working together to block any kind of meaningful problem-solving or cultural reform in this country.
The diatribes have different news pegs: Earlier in the summer, the host’s broadsides stemmed from the long polemical tail of the verdict in the George Zimmerman criminal case; last night’s riff stemmed from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. At least he’s consistent.