O’Reilly Blasts Sharpton on Ferguson, Calls Him A 'Charlatan’ Who ‘Only Cares About His Own Self-Aggrandizement’

Curtis Houck | August 20, 2014
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Returning from vacation on Wednesday evening, Bill O’Reilly came back to anchor his Fox News Channel (FNC) program to discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri since the death of Michael Brown on August 9. In an eight-minute-long “Talking Points” segment, O’Reilly addressed multiple aspects of the story, but specifically slammed MSNBC commentator and activist Al Sharpton as “this charlatan” who “has the nerve to insult the American police community” while only caring “about his own self-aggrandizement.”

After airing a clip of Sharpton speaking at a rally in Ferguson on Sunday in which he called out law enforcement for “smear[ing]” Brown instead of “the principles of justice and dignity,” O’Reilly grew extremely agitated: “Al Sharpton has the nerve to insult the American police community, men and women risking their lives to protect us. This charlatan has the gall to do that and NBC News is paying him. My god! Why is that acceptable?”

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