Over the last year, the Black Lives Matter movement have made a name for themselves by being aggressive in their protesting of unfair targeting of African Americans by the police. Their actions were criticized on a recent broadcast on the Fox News Channel.
After the 2014 events in Baltimore and Ferguson, the issue of police brutality and African American violence has become a main story in American politics. The response over the last year has been split, mostly down party lines. Conservatives tend to side with the police, while liberals take the side of the minority victims. During the July 29 edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, host Bill O’Reilly and co-host of “Outnumbered” Andrea Tantoros attacked the Black Lives Matter movement for not going after black on black crime.
Speaking with contributor Jehmu Greene, O’Reilly said that if Black Lives Matter wanted to really make a difference, they would join with police departments in high crime/high minority neighborhoods. “If they want more action, then they should join with me and demand that the mayor and police chief of Chicago police the South side in an effective way,” O’Reilly said. The Fox News host said the city should be “flooding the zone with officers” so they could stop “the madness.” O’Reilly then accused the group of not caring about black lives as much as they are about being against white people.
“They’re only interested in condemning white society. That’s all.”
Doubling down on O’Reilly’s comments was Tantoros, who told the host “you’re right,” and speaking to the Black Lives Matter movement, stated “if you want to have credibility, you go into those cities like Chicago, or Baltimore, and you protest.” Tantoros continued, this time blaming the rioting done by some of the protesters on Democrats. “If you look at the incidences where you’ve seen rioting and things happening, it’s black leaders, Democrats, like in Baltimore and in a lot of these cities, that are responsible for these incidences.” O’Reilly then attempted to kick back credibility to himself, asking a rhetorical question to the panel, “The reporter in this country who has shed the most light on young black men being killed is who?…That would be me.”
This isn’t the first time that Fox News has taken a hard line against the Black Lives Matter movement. As the number voice for the Republican party and conservative Americans, Fox News continues to pander to their viewing audience.