The AP’s David Bauder interviews Bill O’Reilly over this Harlem restaurant incident.
O’Reilly told The Associated Press that Media Matters had “cherry-picked” remarks out of a broader conversation about racial attitudes. He had told listeners that his grandmother - and many other white Americans - feared blacks because they didn’t know any and were swayed by violent images in black culture.
“If you listened to the full hour, it was a criticism of racism on the part of white Americans who are ignorant of the fact that there is no difference between white and black anymore,” he told the AP. “Circumstances may be different in their lives but we’re all Americans. Anyone who would be offended by that conversation would have to be looking to be offended.”