That includes big-time media personalities.
Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly, host of “The O'Reilly Factor,” which consistently draws among the highest ratings for shows on cable news channels, has made a recent incident in Norfolk somewhat of a personal cause lately. Last month, two Virginian-Pilot reporters, both of whom are white, were assaulted by a group of black teenagers. The paper did not report on the incident initially, and it surfaced in an opinion piece two weeks later.
This smells like a cover-up, Mr. O'Reilly insisted. They would have reported on the crime if the reporters hadn’t been white. This was racially motivated.
Mr. O'Reilly sent a crew down to Norfolk to cover the story earlier this month. His producer, Jesse Watters, returned to the show and reported that he thought there was a lot of racial animosity in the city and a lot of people in the black community are using the case, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, as “leverage” or an avenue to “explode” - charges that were flatly denied by local officials.
“We find the attorney general’s apathy troubling, to say the least,” he said.
“All right, I got it wrong on Monday, OK,” Mr. O'Reilly conceded.
“We gotta let this play out,” Mr. Cuccinelli said later in the interview. “You are on a news cycle. We’re on the cycle of trying to build a good case against more than one person. … We don’t want to do, ‘Ready, fire, aim.’ This is, ‘Ready, aim, fire.’ We want to get this right.”
Zing! Still, our takeaway from the exchange: Mr. Cuccinelli got the brash television host and best-selling author to admit that he was wrong.
Credit where credit’s due.
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