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Geraldo and O'Reilly are finally in sync

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The Bill O'Reilly-Geraldo Rivera relationship can best be summed up in this famous exchange the two had in 2007 over immigration policy. The two of them haven't agreed on much since (Al Sharpton and Benghazi, to name two other issues they've battled over).

But on what's ailing broken black communities -- and how to fix them -- that's an area the two are simpatico.

"O'Reilly is harsh but he is right," Rivera tweeted Sunday night. "The sputtering rage he's generating is from those frustrated by the inability to contradict him factually."

Rivera was referring to a series of commentaries O'Reilly recently delivered, in which he criticized black leaders, including President Obama, of failing to directly address the "real" problems in broken black communities. The commentaries stirred controversy in the media, particularly on MSNBC where Sharpton said O'Reilly has "gone into overdrive to push the most negative stereotypes" of blacks.

O'Reilly has started something of a campaign on the subject via his Fox News show and his syndicated column, in which O'Reilly called out black rappers Jay Z, Kanye West and Lil' Wayne for making "millions rapping about dubious behavior."

For his part, Rivera has also drawn criticism for his comments on Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teen who was shot and killed in 2012. "I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters, particularly, to not let their children go out wearing hoodies," Rivera said in March last year. Martin was wearing a hoodie the night he was killed.


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