Trayvon Martin Killing: Bill O’Reilly Blasts Oprah
Bill O'Reilly criticized Oprah for her remarks about the Trayvon Martin Shooting. Trayvon Martin's Killing has sparked a national and international outcry. Martin was an un-armed, 17-year-old, African-American teen who was shot dead by a self-proclaimed, neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman was not arrested and charged and it has sparked a debate about race, racial-profiling, and the controversial "Stand Your Ground Law".
Oprah told Extra this past Wednesday:
"It is a tragedy and it is a shame that we're sitting here 33 days later and there hasn't been an arrest, or questioning of what actually happened," she said. "It's a tragedy and it is a shame and we all know it."
On his show Thursday, O'Reilly said:
"Ms. Winfrey saying that there hasn't been a questioning of what happened is simply absurd, and I'm surprised at her," he said. "Oprah's usually responsible and fair in her assessments. …Her intentions are usually good. Not on this one." He said that the Florida legal authorities were investigating and knew a lot more than Oprah did about the case."
He added: "When it comes to the pundits, I'm angry about the rush to judgment," O'Reilly said. "No longer do facts matter."
Over the last few weeks, the Trayvon Martin killing has been in the national and international headlines.