Fox News' Bill O'Reilly defends slavery remarks by somehow making them even worse

Michelle Obama made history speaking in a Democratic National Convention on Monday as a black woman in the White House.

Of note, and to the shock of the world, she said:

I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.

Mouthpiece for right-wing ideas, Bill O’Reilly was quick to tell viewers of his show on Tuesday that slaves didn’t have it so bad:

Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labour in 1802...

O’Reilly’s words caused mass indignation, with media outlets and commentators quickly condemning him:

The backlash prompted O'Reilly to make a follow-up video on Wednesday - in an effort to weather the storm:

You see, these naughty liberals attacked O’Reilly for no reason:

[My] commentary is 100 per cent accurate… for doing that I was immediately attacked by smear merchants.

O’Reilly then gave his viewers a history lesson:

As any honest historian knows in order to keep slaves and free labourers strong, Washington’s administration provided meat, bread, other staples and decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building.

It's no big deal: slaves had bread



O'Reilly ended the diatribe with an unequivocal condemnation of the institution of slavery.

It is a given that slavery was an abomination but reporting the story behind Mrs Obama’s very valid points does not diminish the horror of slavery.

So at least there's that.

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