Bill O’Reilly fired back Wednesday at “more vicious attacks from the far-left media” over his remarks the previous day in which he made note of the working conditions of the slaves who built the White House.
On Tuesday night, O’Reilly had said, “Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802.”
At the outset of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Wednesday, the host said, “On Monday, Michelle Obama said that America has come a long way from the days when slaves built the White House. Some criticized her analysis saying saying it demeaned the U.S.A. I disagree.”
After playing back the excerpt from Tuesday night’s show, O’Reilly called the “commentary 100 percent accurate providing context to Mrs. Obama’s remarks and explaining how the administration of George Washington conducted itself in the construction of the executive mansion.”
“Is not that important to know? Come on. For doing that I was immediately attacked by smear merchants,” O’Reilly said, naming the New York Daily News and USA Today for headlining their stories by declaring that the commentator was defending slaves’ conditions.
While saying “it is a given that slavery is an abomination,” O’Reilly added, “reporting the story behind Mrs. Obama’s very valid points does not diminish the horror of enslavement as these dishonest critics allege.”
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