Bill O’Reilly Says Slaves Who Built the White House Were “Well Fed”

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Seriously Bill O'Reilly? GTFOH!

The longtime TV host went off on Fox News show The O'Reilly Factor earlier this week, defending himself over comments he previously said that slaves who built the White House were "well fed and had decent lodgings."

O'Reilly made the comments on Tuesday (July 26), in response to First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC the night before, in which she said, "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."

On his show, O'Reilly said the White House was not built entirely by slaves and that those who did participate in its construction were treated well. His comments did not go over well ... and the backlash has been severe online.

Tim74 on Twitter, wrote: "Bill O’Reilly said some slaves had it pretty good. Interesting. Does he have any positive spin on the Holocaust? He seems glass-half-full."

O'Reilly later responded to criticisms, essentially says that he was explaining history, not defending it, as it is "a given that slavery is an abomination."

"As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and other staples, also decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building," he said.

He went on to call the criticism of his response as a smear campaign from "left wing zealots" who want to "harm the Fox News channel."

"I think the time has come now, where this whole network is going to have to band together, all of us, and we are going to have to call out the people who are actively trying to destroy this network, by using lies and deception and propaganda. We're going to have to start to call them out by name, because that's how bad it's become."

  • Robert Steven van Keuren

    Pretty silly of O'Reilly to try to defend slavery and his own comments by saying the slaves "were well fed".

  • Ehud Gavron

    Bill, it's not that people are "attacking" anything. They're just letting you know what an idiot you've been. Please don't try and think people telling you YOU'RE stupid is an attack on Fox News and everyone should band together. Fox news didn't say the stupid thing. YOU did.

    Welcome to the bed you made. Now lie in it. (Note I didn't say "lay").

  • UptightTO

    The First lady made a terrific speech and brought the house down when she said she lives in a house built by slaves. All O'Reilly did was present the facts that support her statement knowing there are white racists who would want to cover that fact up. What's wrong about presenting historical facts? I bet some who post here would be offended if O'Reilly said hello.

  • dave bainard

    Some people just can't handle the truth.

  • johnam

    This is Bill's attempt to whitewash history for the benefit of white people. Not all white people just those that are ignorant enough to watch or listen to him.

  • Your History Teacher

    I am not a "left wing zealot," I am a proud American. You, however, Mr. O'Reilly are an old relic of another time - a racist, misogynistic, homophobic time. You should be fired, along with your party. It is your irresponsible actions as a public figure and failure to acknowledge your own mistakes which has put our republic in peril this year and allowed a demagogue to come within a hairs-breath of the White House. Shame on you.

  • Herman Miller

    You attempt to defend the indefensible.
    This is like saying of the millions murdered in the Holocaust
    "yeah, but they were disease free and efficiently cremated ".
    That "historical fact", in context, attempts to justify the enslavement by saying
    "yeah, but they were well fed and housed".
    There is no historical record of how they were housed and fed just as there is no historical record of how the horses and mules used were housed and fed.
    How many 'white men' died trying to continue slavery?

  • UptightTO

    You're obviously one who sees racism in anyone and everything. People who accuse others of racism the most frequently are inevitably themselves the biggest racists. Stop listening to pandering left wing "white" politicians who want you to believe you're a victim of rich white folk...They're the modern day plantation owners...

  • Herman Miller

    I did not mention racism but i will note that implicit in any defense of the enslavement of Blacks in America is the element of racism.
    To present that defense in the guise of "historical fact" does not alter its nature.
    A turd by any other name is still a turd.

  • UptightTO

    Your psyche is so tainted by false narrative and the gospel of victimhood that simply being white is an implied defense of slavery...In other be white is to be racist and conservative whites are not just racist but haters to boot. I think it time you examine your own soul... seems hate isn't just a white mans affliction...

  • Herman Miller

    Again, these are your words not mine. There is a reason your thoughts go in this direction and it would behoove you to ferret those reasons out.

  • Fuck Bill O'reilly and Donald Trump.