Bill O'Reilly smacked down for Islamophobic "Watters' World" segment he mistakenly claims is "satire"

Like most conservatives who mask their bigotry behind "satire," O'Reilly doesn't actually know what it is


Scott Eric Kaufman
October 9, 2015 4:49PM (UTC)

Earlier this week, "The O'Reilly Factor" featured another roving report by the vile Jesse Watters, in which he wandered around the majority Muslim city of Dearborn, Michigan asking people leading questions and "cleverly" editing their answers to make them sound like extremists -- of either the good, American variety or the bad Islamic one.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, appeared on the program to refute the charges of honor killings and stonings in the city, and O'Reilly acknowledged that since those allegations were factually untrue, they "should have been" edited out of the piece.

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"Your points about ‘honor killings’ and stonings and things like that, that’s my fault as an editor," he said. "I should have said, ‘You know what? You can’t back this up -- and believe me, I’m glad you contacted us because it won’t happen again. That there is any accusation of violence or something like that, we’ll check it out. If it doesn’t check, we’ll cut it. But overall, it was a gentle piece, and you know it was gentle."

Walid disagreed, saying that "at the end of the day, the Dearborn community is systematically miscategorized. We’ve all types of [anti-Muslim] nuts that come into Dearborn, and these types of depictions just give nuts more fuel to come into Dearborn based on false stereotypes."

O'Reilly, clearly unaware of what the word actually means, insisted that the piece was "satire." "Wouldn’t you say that it was satire, and pretty much good-natured satire?" he asked.

"I don’t think it really was satire," Walid responded. "Especially when you have people making comments about ‘honor killings,’ and you go on your Facebook page, Bill — and it’s not your fault -- but because of that story, people are talking about ‘Bomb Dearborn.'"

Watch the entire exchange below via Fox News.

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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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