Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Wednesday evening that "the city of Baltimore has been set back decades" by the riots and clashes between police and protesters.
O'Reilly opened his "Talking Points Memo" by saying that most black Americans "are honest, hardworking people" in search of opportunity.
"But the rioting has now diminished that opportunity big time," he said.
O'Reilly noted that Baltimore brings in approximately $138 million each year by hosting conventions and meetings. But now, due to the unrest, conventions are being canceled and the city is losing money, he said. O'Reilly also cited the Baltimore Orioles, who played in front of an empty stadium on Wednesday because fans were banned from attending. The team has rescheduled this weekend's games to Florida, costing Baltimore more money.
"It is a fact that irresponsible criminals in Baltimore have once again hurt good folks, this time on a mass level," O'Reilly said. "The city will take years to recover."
O'Reilly said opportunity cannot be created for people who are "uneducated, disrespectful and unmotivated."
Baltimore residents apparently are sick of the Fox News narrative. On Tuesday night, protesters shouted at Fox News crews to leave the city and stop spreading false reporting.
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