Here is Lisa’s retweet:
Here is Rob Bennett’s original failure to distinguish 2012 from 2017:
which then gets retweeted, similarly without a date of origin:
This was the new insult, which gave rise to the comparison with the old one:
This is the way the story should be covered:
Bill O’Reilly Apologizes for Saying Maxine Waters’ Hair Looked Like a ‘James Brown Wig’
Samantha Cooney, Time com (Motto blog), Mar 28 2017
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly apologized for saying that Maxine Waters‘ hair looked like a “James Brown wig.” During an appearance on Fox & Friends this morning, the show’s hosts played a clip of Waters denouncing Pres Trump in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday night. O’Reilly said of Waters:
I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture, it’s the same one.
Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earnhardt said in response:
I have to defend her on that. You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.
I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive. I love James Brown! But it’s the same hair James Brown had.
He added later:
You’re all wrong about Maxine Waters! She’s a sincere individual! Whatever she said, she believes! And that’s old-school! We’re giving Maxine a break here! I love you, Maxine!
In a statement sent to Motto, O’Reilly apologized, writing:
As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on Fox & Friends, calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.
A Fox spox added that he plans to address his comments on his show on Tuesday night. O’Reilly comments were slammed on social media as racist and sexist.
This isn’t the first time a Fox News co-host has come under fire for making inappropriate comments about Waters. In 2012, Fox News host Eric Bolling said of Waters:
You saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe.
Bolling later said he was kidding.