Not only did President Obama waste no time in calling for more gun control in the wake of the Charleston church massacre, but a South Carolina lawmaker was quick to condemn Fox News for spreading the kind of “hate speech” and “coded language” that inspired suspected mass murderer Dylann Roof.
The man who went on national TV and linked Fox News with the horrific killing of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church is no obscure politician. He’s the Minority Leader of the South Carolina State House, Democrat Rep. Todd Rutherford. A longtime friend of State Sen. Clementa Pinckney — the paster of the church who died along with eight others when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study class — Rep. Rutherford had told CNN that the suspected shooter was motivated to slaughter innocent black people “because he watches things like Fox News.”
As The Blaze noted, Rutherford appeared on the Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor after having made his accusatory comments on CNN earlier on Thursday. And while his conversation with host Bill O’Reilly began calmly enough, it soon went south when the host asked the lawmaker about his associating the alleged mass killer with what is broadcast on Fox News.
Rutherford and O’Reilly then began to spar, speaking over each other.
“Mr. Rutherford, let me get a question out!” O’Reilly said. “Are you going to stand there tonight and say there that Fox News justifies brutal crimes against black Americans?”
Rutherford then denied that he had suggested that and accused O’Reilly of “inflaming the rhetoric.”
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the fiery exchange between Bill O’Reilly and the South Carolina legislator who blames Fox News for broadcasting what he claims are the kind of inflammatory stories and opinions that lead to horrific hate crimes like the Charleston church massacre.
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