MSNBC host Chris Hayes apologized on his show Thursday night to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly over a segment on the Confederate flag on Tuesday in which he told viewers, “Bill O’Reilly said it represents the bravery of Confederates who fought in the Civil War” lumping him in with “predictable sources” on the right who had defended the flag.
The only problem is that O’Reilly never said that. What he did say was that “some believe” that the flag represents bravery, but in his mind it represents oppression.
After O’Reilly criticized Hayes on Wednesday, calling his report a “complete distortion” and “the biggest failure in cable news,” Hayes responded with an apology.
“We should not have attributed that view to him. Fair is fair. I got it wrong, I apologize.”
Hayes behaved like most of the liberal media, by jumping feet first into the Confederate flag controversy and hearing only what he wanted to hear in an effort to paint conservatives and conservative leaning personalities as racists. But this time it blew up in his face.
At least Hayes was willing to own up to his mistake and apologize, which is more than I can say for his colleagues at MSNBC.