08/01/2013 09:48 am ET Updated Aug 01, 2013

New Haven Register Apologizes For Comparing Fox News, KKK

The New Haven Register has apologized to Fox News after Bill O'Reilly railed against the newspaper for comparing the network to the Ku Klux Klan.

The Register made the comparison on Monday, in an editorial about the emergence of a local KKK chapter. The piece said that "the same basic message that the KKK has promoted for 148 years is embraced by the likes of Ted Nugent, Fox News, Ann Coulter, a burgeoning array of fringe 'conservative' media and members of our own community commenting on stories on the New Haven Register’s website."

O'Reilly said Wednesday night said that he asked the newspaper's management to discuss the piece. "They all declined because they are cowards and they know they cannot defend that vile, libelous piece of garbage," the Fox News host said. "The New Haven Register should be ashamed. The paper has lost all credibility and it had better apologize in writing by the end of the week. I’m not going to let this go."

The newspaper apologized for the comparison in a piece by New Haven Register editor Matt DeRienzo on Thursday. DeRienzo said it was "a poor choice of words," and that the editorial "should have been more specific to Nugent’s and Coulter’s views and statements about people of color, immigrants and gay people."

He also said, however, that the newspaper stood by its criticism of Fox News for supporting people like Ann Coulter and Ted Nugent. "There’s no comparing Fox News and the Republican Party to the KKK, and we were wrong in making that connection," he explained. "But it is mind-boggling that they would help legitimize and give voice to people who are reading from their syllabus."

O'Reilly's criticism of the Register on Wednesday came during a continuation of his previous remarks about the black community. The host previously railed against what he said were problems facing black people, which included having children out of wedlock and drug use. MSNBC's Chris Hayes called O'Reilly out for the comments, which he called "super racist."

(h/t Erik Wemple)



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