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IN OTHER WORDS: Cuccinelli makes a case for accuracy
Question of the Day
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II will be the first to tell you he isn’t afraid to stick his neck out and criticize fellow Republicans or those of similar political persuasions.
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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