Media critic

Maybe Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is desperate these days for comic relief, considering that his show is weathering a significant pullout of advertisers following revelations that he and his employer had reached settlements with five former female employees claiming sexual harassment or mistreatment. Whatever the explanation, please play the video above to hear the King of Cable News laughing as he finishes watching that terrible video of a man being manhandled and dragged off of a Chicago-to-Louisville United Express flight. “I shouldn’t be laughing, but it’s just so bizarre,” says O’Reilly.

Then watch it again — O’Reilly seems genuinely amused at the goings-on. The nastiness summons memories of O’Reilly’s colleague Martha MacCallum cracking up about a wheelchair user tumbling down an escalator. “I’m sorry, I don’t mean to laugh. It’s not funny,” said a clearly amused MacCallum, sounding a lot like O’Reilly.