On Monday's "O'Reilly Factor,"a furious Bill O'Reilly excoriated the New York Times, MSNBC and some liberal groups for, in his view, exploiting the tragedy of the Arizona shooting, lying about its origins, and ignoring their own instances of extreme political rhetoric.
Speaking during his nightly "Talking Points" segment, O'Reilly condemned the shootings and called alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner a "psychopath." But then he turned to what he called a "disgusting display sweeping America." That, he said, was the exploitation of the murders for political means.
"Conservatives encouraged Jared Loughner to pull the trigger," he said sarcastically. "Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Fox News, all spurred the psychopath to kill the six people. The merchants of hate who are peddling this stuff should be accountable."
O'Reilly then turned to the New York Times, which strongly condemned Republicans and the right-wing press in an editorial on Monday, saying. "it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced a vast majority of these death threats."
O'Reilly called this view "flat-out reprehensible." He then moved on to Times columnist Paul Krugman, the National Organization for Women, and MSNBC. The rival network, he said, allowed "vicious personal attacks on anyone who doesn't toe the far-left MSNBC line. The hatred spewed on that cable network is unprecedented in the media."
"Decent people simply do not ascribe motivation to a psychopath like Loughner unless that motivation is proven beyond a reasonable doubt," O'Reilly said. "I can't tell you how angry this makes me. Far-left loons have attacked me in vile way for years. I have to have security around the clock. Has the "New York Times" ever said a word about that?"