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Bill O'Reilly: Ed Schultz Suspension A Sign Of Comcast Crackdown

05/27/2011 09:51 am ET | Updated Jul 27, 2011

Bill O'Reilly weighed in on the Ed Schultz controversy during his Thursday show, and he spoke to Laura Ingraham about Schultz's offensive statements about her.

Schultz was suspended by MSNBC after calling Ingraham a "right-wing slut." He apologized on air, and Ingraham said she accepted the apology.

On Thursday, O'Reilly said that Schultz was following in the footsteps of Keith Olbermann--who O'Reilly, as is his policy, refused to refer to by his name, calling him a "hateful commentator" instead.

He then brought on Ingraham. She reiterated that she has accepted Schultz's apology, but said that she "wasn't all that surprised" by his comments. "This what conservative women, and African American men who happen to be conservative, and even Latinos who are conservative routinely have to deal with," she said.

O'Reilly agreed, and joked that he wanted to set up a "beer summit," a la Henry Louis Gates, with Schultz, Ingraham and President Obama. He then speculated that Schultz'd suspension was evidence of Comcast, NBC's new owner, cracking down on its employees.

"I believe if General Electric had still owned NBC there would have been no apology and no suspension," he said. [They] encouraged this kind of stuff for years and years and years because they didn't have anything else ... Comcast isn't going to stand for this."

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