O'Reilly Reacts to Sean Penn's Interview With 'El Chapo'
Bill O'Reilly had some strong words for Sean Penn about his Rolling Stone interview with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, which O'Reilly says takes the blame off "El Chapo" and demonizes America.
O'Reilly pointed out that Penn, a member of the far-left, clearly sympathizes with the escaped - but now re-captured - drug trafficker.
"'El Chapo' is a businessman first, and only resorts to violence when he deems it advantageous to himself or his business interests," Penn wrote.
O'Reilly pointed out that he - and the vast majority of people - don't resort to violence whether it helps their business interests or not.
O'Reilly added that Penn demonizes America in the piece when he writes, "We are the consumers, and as such, we are complicit in every murder, and in every corruption of an institution's ability to protect the quality of life for citizens of Mexico and the United States, that comes as a result of our insatiable appetite for illicit narcotics. As much as anything, it's a question of relative morality."
"The Factor" host disagreed with Penn's assertion that Americans are the problem, not "El Chapo" and his murderous henchmen, and pointed out that most Americans don't purchase or use drugs.
"And here's the incredible kicker to this: Rolling Stone magazine gave 'El Chapo' final editing as to what went in the article," O'Reilly said. "Another proud moment for that enterprise."
Get more reaction from O'Reilly and founder of the Yale Journalism Initiative Steven Brill above.