On CNBC's Tim Russert , O'Reilly likened MMFA to the Ku Klux Klan


From the debate between New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly on August 7 edition of CNBC's Tim Russert:

O'REILLY: And where'd you get that little evil quote [of O'Reilly on the June 28 Radio Factor saying that author and filmmaker Michael Moore believes America is an evil country], by the way? You don't listen to The Radio Factor.

KRUGMAN: No, but they have video [sic] clips. They have, they have the clips.

O'REILLY: Yeah, but who gave it to you?

KRUGMAN: Yeah, it is -- Media Matters.

O'REILLY: Media Matters! Oh, I see! A real objective website. Mr. Propaganda! --

KRUGMAN: Hey, wait a second, sir --

O'REILLY: You oughta take -- and do your own research, pal! And stop taking the left-wing garbage and throwing it out there for the folks!

KRUGMAN: What have they said that's false?

O'REILLY: Do your own research! That's out of context and you know it.

KRUGMAN: No, come on. It helps me. It is not. They've got the clips. You can actually listen to them --

O'REILLY: You are about the most un-objective person on the face of the earth -- Media Matters! Why don't you just call Fidel? Call him up in Havana. He'll tell you what's going on?

KRUGMAN: Oh, wonderful. Now we've got the great (inaudible) Whatever it is, it ends up being a Communist plot, you know?

O'REILLY: Oh my God! That's like me calling up some Klan operation. Why don't I call the Ku Klux Klan up and --

KRUGMAN: Here we go, here we go, here we go.

RUSSERT: Read the quote, read the quote.

[... Krugman reads the full text of O'Reilly's criticism of Moore ...]

KRUGMAN: Now I saw a film, a flawed film, a lot of things that were overstated, but I think that there were a lot of things in that film that showed that this is a guy who really does love his country. And he loves the working people of America. And if you can watch that --

O'REILLY: All right, fine. You want to think he loves his country, (inaudible). Hezbollah feels the same way that you do.

KRUGMAN: Oh, come on. Guilt by association.

O'REILLY: Come on what?!

KRUGMAN: Somebody picks it up -- somebody picks up -- you know there are, there are actual -- there are right-wing hate groups who like to quote you. Do you think that makes you guilty of everything that they do?

O'REILLY: You know what? I never call those right-wing hate groups up to get my quotes. You call the left-wing hate groups up to get your propaganda. You oughta be ashamed of yourself.

KRUGMAN: Somebody who runs a website (inaudible) compared to the Ku Klux Klan?

O'REILLY: Do your own research. Do your own research.

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