Witch Hunting 2023
By: Bill O'ReillySeptember 30, 2023
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Witch Hunting 2023

Almost every day Donald Trump says he is the victim of a witch hunt.  But what does that actually mean?  If you read my new book "Killing the Witches", you will see the American origin of destroying human beings over unfounded accusations. In 1692, hysteria broke out in Salem, Massachusetts as people were murdered, families wrecked.

Today we again have an organized movement to demonize people without due process or decency. This is called cancel culture, and it has been embraced by the corporate media.  Let's examine what happened on Friday, September 22.

Soon after Rupert Murdoch resigned from running the Fox News Channel, its competitor, CNN, ran a story in prime time asserting that FNC is a racist, bigoted enterprise. The segment aired on a program hosted by Abby Phillip, a woman of the left.

Ms. Phillip introduced a montage of sound bites designed to demonize Fox News.

Among the sound was an eight second statement by me: "slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the federal government."

There was no context to the statement which was taken from a 2016 discussion about the construction of the White House.

Now, anyone hearing those eight seconds might think that Bill O'Reilly is insensitive to slavery or even condoning it.

But that is a lie and CNN knew it.

The original 2016 discussion involved First Lady Michelle Obama saying that the house she once lived in was built by slaves. Mrs. Obama caught heat for that statement but it's true. Therefore, I came down on her side and said this: "Slaves did participate in the construction of the White House. Records show 400 payments made to slave masters between 1795 and 1801.  In addition ... slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government - which stopped using slaves in 1802."

Historical fact and I was happy to provide it in defense of Michelle Obama.

Three days after CNN demonized me on national television, my attorneys wrote to CEO David Zaslav asking for a retraction and apology. 

Here's the reply from CNN counsel David Vigilante: "nowhere in Ms. Phillip's introduction ... does she accuse your client, or anyone else included in the montage, of racism. Instead, she lets the actual words speak for themselves, without intermediation, so viewers can draw their own conclusions." 

No apology will be forthcoming from CNN.

The assertion that viewers "can draw their own conclusions" from a grossly out of context edited statement is dishonest in the extreme. But this is CNN, as the announcer intones.

The leftist corporate media has fully embraced the cancel culture by consistently using deception to demonize its perceived opposition. Like the evil clerics in Salem, the pursuit of truth has no place in their world.

The cancel culture villains can no longer use ropes to hang their targets, but they can use their media power.

And they are.

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