WATCH: Guest takes Bill O'Reilly to task for blaming Black Lives Matter for "thousands more Americans being murdered"

Fox News' all-out assault on its latest bogeyman is in full effect, but Eric Guster was having none of it

By Scott Eric Kaufman
May 26, 2016 4:06PM (UTC)
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Bill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)

On the Wednesday edition of The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly demonstrated that, like Peter Johnson Jr. and Megyn Kelly, he'd read the memo from on high that it was time to blame Black Lives Matter for all societal ills again.

Just as Johnson Jr. had earlier that day, O'Reilly claimed that the unscientific and unproven "Ferguson Effect" was responsible for a rise in inner city violence -- and like Johnson Jr., O'Reilly knew exactly which city he wanted to talk about. "Since the Ferguson chaos, murders in the USA's 50 largest cities are up nearly 17%, and much higher in cities with large black populations," he said. "In Chicago, shootings are up around 80% this year alone. Why? Because the Chicago police have stopped stopping suspicious people."


More attention would be paid to this issue if the media wasn't so focused on sheltering black people from the reality of their own depravity, he essentially argued. "The media will not spotlight that much of the violent crime in America is being committed by young black men," O'Reilly claimed. "There is a violent sub-culture in the African-American community that should be exposed and confronted."

Who is to blame? "The Black Lives Matter crew," he argued, "which roams the country promoting a false narrative that American police officers are hunting down and killing blacks."

As evidence, he cited "The War on Cops," the new book by Heather Mac Donald, the woman who coined the phrase "Ferguson Effect," but he also spoke with lawyer and activist Eric Guster, who was having none of it.


"I don't buy that at all," he said. "Police officers need to do their jobs, and if they did their jobs effectively it would reduce the murder rate -- but if police officers after Ferguson are saying they won't police because they're being held accountable, then they're not doing their jobs. If police officers are doing the right thing, they'll be OK."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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