Just when you thought the latest argument between Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC lefty Chris Hayes was over, an even leftier liberal steps in.
A guy’s gotta keep his name out there somehow.
Fox News followers might recall Hayes apologized on the air last week after O’Reilly correctly accused him of taking a quote O’Reilly said about the Confederate flag — that “some people” think it represents bravery — to make it appear as though O’Reilly himself feels that way.
Another television dust-up settled. At least until Cenk Uygur saw a chance to get involved.
Uygur had a shortlived program on MSNBC before being replaced by Al Sharpton (because of the White House, he claims). Now relegated to an Internet-only talk show he produces called “Young Turks,” he used the Hayes’ apology Tuesday as an excuse to launch into a juvenile tirade accusing O’Reilly of racism and attacking Hayes and his own former employer.
Uygur argued that O’Reilly, and all Fox News personalities, use the line “some people say” as cover to say what they actually mean but attribute to other people.
Uygur called the apology “frustrating” and “pathetic.”
“How many poundings are you gonna take from Fox News and keep bowing your head and apologizing?” Uygur asked.
“Is it a coincidence Bill O’Reilly got so mad and angry defending the Confederate flag because other people believe it?” he asked. “Hey, Bill O’Reilly, you want me to apologize to you? No, no, no. You love the Confederate flag. You love the racism that it stands for. That’s why you got angry that night.”
He continued his tantrum, calling MSNBC a joke for apologizing and accusing the liberal stable of “bowing their heads” to O’Reilly.
But Hayes explained his apology in a Q & A session he held on Facebook earlier Tuesday, essentially dismissing Uygur’s criticism.
I’m vaguely aware that I’ve gotten some criticism for this but to me it was a pretty clear call. We actually did take him out of context (mistakenly), and it’s important to me to get things right. My overriding loyalty is to the truth as best as we can grab onto it, and our viewers who expect honesty and integrity from me and the show. When you get something wrong, you correct the record. That doesn’t mean that I Bill O’Reilly has good racial poltics (they are terrible) or that we won’t go after him again (we will, a lot) but there’s no reason to pretend you didn’t mess up when you did out of some loyalty to some greater cause of “fighting Fox.” The truth is good enough for me.
Laughable as it might be for a guy from MSNBC to talk that way about “the truth,” there’s one upside to it.
It takes a real nut to to make an MSNBC stooge like Chris Hayes — and even his network — look honorable. But Cenk Uygur just did.
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