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Bill O'Reilly: There are wars being fought in America's cities -- and it's all the Democrats' fault

His grasp on the relationship between correlation and causation was particularly tenuous last night


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 2, 2015 6:38PM (UTC)

On Monday night's "O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly took the fear-mongering of local television news national, producing a "Talking Points Commentary" designed to convince his audience of just how dangerous America is becoming under Democratic rule.

"It is war in some American cities," O'Reilly began, suggesting that others -- presumably those in the hands of Republican mayors -- are functioning in an orderly fashion. He neglected to mention that very few populous American cities currently have Republican mayors, and those that do -- including Miami and Jacksonville in Florida -- are suffering from the same problems he identifies in Democrat-controlled cities.

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Those problems include, O'Reilly argued, violence against "innocent bystanders," as well as the recent Republican favorite, the epidemic of black-on-black crime. He said that the rate of violent crimes in Chicago and Baltimore are on the rise -- but failed to note that, historically, summer always brings with it an uptick in violent crime rates.

He complained that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to suspend the "stop and frisk" program, the "result" of which is a 15 percent increase in murders and an eight percent increase in non-fatal shootings. O'Reilly did not, however, indicate how he knew that the suspension of the controversial police program was responsible for the rise in crime.

Under de Blasio's reign, the infrastructure of New York City has suddenly collapsed, creating traffic jams and "more air pollution, more frustration for anyone trying to get anywhere," and that frustration presumably leads to more violent crime.

He concluded by reiterating the fact that the cities he discussed -- and only those cities -- are all run by Democratic mayors.

Watch the entire commentary below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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