Columbia University professor and HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill on Wednesday attempted to explain why some people consider alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner a “super hero.” He said watching Dorner’s rampage, after he was “wronged” by the system, was “kind of exciting” and like watching “Django Unchained in real life.”
Hill received intense criticism for his comments and on Thursday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly invited him on his program and lectured the professor on his “insensitive” remarks.
After apologizing to the families of Dorner’s victims for any pain caused by his comments, he stood by his underlying message about why people support Dorner. Hill said the allegations of corruption within the LAPD could be a real story.
O’Reilly said Hill’s comments were extremely insensitive so close to the crimes committed by Dorner. He also criticized his guest for condemning Dorner but not condemning the people who are idolizing him. A few times throughout the segment, things got heated between the Fox host and his guest.
“You give credibility to a killer, a guy who is obviously not thinking clearly,” O’Reilly added. “He killed four human beings, innocent human beings. You don’t give any credibility to him. Anything he says, and everything he says is suspect because of what he did.”
Hill said he is not “legitimizing” murder, but the Dorner tragedy shines a spotlight on allegations of police corruption within the LAPD and it’s a conversation we should be having.
“Don’t get yourself into more trouble here,” O’Reilly said. “You were insensitive to the victims’ families. That’s what you were.”
Watch the segment via Fox News/Mediaite below:
(H/T: Josh Feldman, Mediaite)