O'Reilly Dismisses Criticism Of Trump Equating Russian “Killers” To America

O'Reilly: “Hate-Trump Networks” Were “Looking For A Hammer To Use On His Head”

From the February 6 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: So, when he -- when he reacts by saying that we are killers too, that doesn't strike you as moral equivalence? Or, as an essentially --

BILL O'REILLY (HOST): I'm not going to say it didn't --

KRAUTHAMMER: A denigration?

O'REILLY: My job was to elicit answers from him, not debate him in that. It was a hard news interview and perhaps he did make that equivalency. I took it the other way, it was a matter of he doesn't want personal judgments, but I will tell you what the other headline was --

KRAUTHAMMER: But you thought the other -- you thought the other networks were distorting him by saying it was a moral equivalence?

O'REILLY: No, I didn't say they were distorting it, I'm saying they were looking for a hammer to use on his head. Didn't say they distorted it.

KRAUTHAMMER: But, I mean that is a hammer that any sentient being would seize immediately. When you say that this guy is a killer --

O'REILLY: But they weren't looking at the interview for information, they were looking for something to get him with, and that's a fact.

KRAUTHAMMER: How do you --

O'REILLY: That's a fact.

KRAUTHAMMER: But look, I wasn't looking for something to get him with.

O'REILLY: Well, I'm not saying you, I said the other hate-Trump networks.


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