O'Reilly: Dishonest, Baseless Reporting Is 'Harming the Fabric of Our Society'
In his Talking Points Memo tonight, Bill O'Reilly lamented the current state of the U.S. press following a series of "cheap attacks" on President-elect Donald Trump.
"I use the word 'cheap' because if the media reports gossip, innuendo and defamation without confirming anything, that is cheap," O'Reilly said. "It is imperative that a free press be fair. And giving any kind of exposure to allegations that smear a person - any person - is wrong."
In particular, O'Reilly called out BuzzFeed for publishing a 35-page report containing unverified claims about ties between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.
The secret dossier contained explosive allegations, including that Russia had gathered compromising information on Trump.
O'Reilly noted that BuzzFeed's defenders claim that the public should be allowed to see the unsubstantiated documents because they had been read by high-level government officials.
"So you, as an honest American, must decide: Do you want salacious trash in the public square distributed by the media?" O'Reilly said.
He explained that standards on the internet - and for most of the establishment media - are nonexistent, which allows allegations to become convictions, and gossip and innuendo to become fact.
"This kind of stuff is harming the fabric of our society, our political structure and our ability to evaluate information in a fair way."
Watch the Talking Points Memo above, and let us know what you think in the comments.