O'Reilly joined other conservative commentators in criticizing President Obama's remarks about Trayvon Martin on Monday night. The Fox News host blamed "problems within the black community" on "the disintegration of the African-American family," "the drug situation" and the entertainment industry for promoting "gangsta culture."
An indignant Hayes said on Tuesday that O'Reilly's comments could "easily debunked with about 20 minutes of Googling."
"That’s not really the point," the MSNBC host continued. “The real reason Bill O’Reilly peddles this stuff is because it gives a cheap, crack-like high to the old fearful white audience that watches Bill O’Reilly and gives Fox News its power, also known as the Republican base. These are the folks Bill O’Reilly is feeding when he laments not being able to criticize black culture."
Later, he added, “If Bill O’Reilly is representative of white culture, with his stereotyping and his victim-blaming and domineering tone, then I’m pretty sure we need to start having a national conversation about the problems with white culture.”