Fox News host Bill O’Reilly turned his wrath on an unexpected target last night, conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (video below).
During "The O'Reilly Factor" the host reported on Facebook’s new policy on sexist hate speech, but first teased the segment with a clip of Jones ranting with the caption “HATE SPEECH."
O’Reilly said there is “plenty of hatred being spewed” on the internet and on talk radio, but failed to mention his own attacks against people over the years.
He also tried to tie the IRS targeting of some Tea Party groups to "hate" by claiming the IRS had internal hatred and that their audits were a “demonstration of malice,” noted Mediaite.com.
Without a hint of irony, O'Reilly said that “there is an audience” for hate speech and those who use “hate speech and those who traffic in it should be rejected and shunned.”
Jones' website InfoWars.com hit back at O'Reilly today:
The attempt at smearing Jones was so crude that it wouldn’t have looked out of place in a 1930′s Nazi propaganda cartoon portraying Jews as demons.
O’Reilly’s segment made no mention whatsoever of Jones and provided no example of him engaging in “hate speech." Jones’ image was merely used as a cheap trick to connect him with hate speech, implying that he should be silenced.