O'Reilly: Poverty, President Obama and Fox News

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BILL O'REILLY: Now some objected to the President singling out Fox News but not me. If the president has a beef with us, I want to hear it.

The dishonest media immediately took up the president's remarks with glee. Charles Blow, who writes for the New York Times, put forth yet another unbelievably deceptive column about the incident. Using out-of-context information provided by the smear website Media Matters, a far left outfit that routinely defames Americans, Blow accuses me and Fox News of denigrating helpless individuals in a cruel and callous way.

Blow says: "In 2014, during the week that marked the 50th anniversary of L.B.J.'s 'War on Poverty' O'Reilly again said that 'true poverty' (as opposed to make-believe poverty?) 'Is being driven by personal behavior' which included, according to him, 'addictive behavior, laziness, apathy.'”

He continues, "O'Reilly has indeed, repeatedly, called poor people lazy, and the subtext of his remarks is that many poor people are pathologically and undeservedly dependent on the government dole."

Once again Mr. Blow is a deceiver - a man who has partnered up with an Internet hate operation instead of doing his own research. Lazy? That word might pertain to him.

Here's what I actually said about the poor.

O’Reilly in 2014: True poverty is being driven by personal behavior. Not an unfair economic system. In 1963, just 6 percent of American babies are born out of wedlock. Now 41 percent are and that includes 72 percent of African-American babies. According to Heritage, single parent homes are four times more likely to be living in poverty. And children raised by single parents are three times more likely to end up in prison, 50 percent more likely to be poor as adults. So, maybe we should have a war against chaotic, irresponsible parents. ((EDIT)) Addictive behavior, laziness, apathy will all override social justice programs. Every child on this planet can learn. But parents must drive the process by forcing the kids to perform in school.

So obviously that's a lot different than me calling poor Americans names. Mr. Blow would know that if he was an honest person. But he is not. What Blow really cares about is attacking anyone who does not buy into the grievance industry that he promotes and adores. I clearly blame irresponsible parents for much of the poverty in the USA.

And the situation is getting worse.

In 2005 the poverty rate in America was 12.6%. In 2013, the last stats available, it is 14.5%. That despite almost four and a half trillion dollars in anti-poverty spending over that period of time. Clearly federal and state programs trying to neutralize poverty are not working.

As for President Obama, he knows I'm right to emphasize personal responsibility. Mr. Obama's “My Brother's Keeper” program is directly trying to counter the cultural deprivation through mentoring and that's the way to go. But again it's a lot easier for the president to demonize Fox News which tells the truth, than it is for him to stress personal responsibility to the liberal precincts who don't want to hear it.

Final note – Charles Blow is welcome on this broadcast but I don't believe he is man enough to take the challenge.

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