Bill O'Reilly, the host of the FOX News Channel program, The O'Reilly Factor, has gotten himself in trouble today. Apparently he went to a soul food restaurant Sylvia's in New York's Harlem neighborhood and made some comments that are getting some play over at Media Matters and Crooks & Liars. Now he didn't make these comments on his TV program on FOX but on his syndicated radio program.
I want to preferace this by saying that while people are expressing outrage at what he said, I was more shocked that he went to a black establishment. Plus this situation can always beg the question who did he bring with him or who brought him along. Was it a black friend or colleague? I never got that part of the story.
Either way more than it being a bigoted statement I take this more as a backhanded compliment than anything. Plus it was often said that Billy O (I heard that on his show one night some hipster wrote him a letter and addressed him in that fashion) at his age should have know better than to think and say as he did but he said it. People are out to get him or that he does have his enemies in that world. It's probably the only reason this story is getting some play.
I just found a clip of his comments he made on his radio program from Media Matters as well.