Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly bashes petition to fire Don Lemon from CNN

Don Lemon received some support from Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on the Monday evening edition of the O’Reilly Factor, as flagged by Mediaite.

Just 7 hours after the petition demanding CNN fire Lemon went live, it had over 1375 signatures; and 2 days following, it had over 27,000 signatures; it has since slowed down, but it has over 36,000 signatures in 5 days.

Yet Fox’s O’Reilly dedicated a segment with Fox contributors Juan Williams and Laura Ingraham to discuss the backlash Lemon and The View‘s Raven Symone.

“Websites [are] taking money to destroy people’s reputations,” O’Reilly began, “Neither Mr. Lemon nor Ms. Symone was irrational; they both condemned the action they that saw on television, but they both put it in another perspective. Mr. Lemon wanted more information […] for that, we have this website petition, signed by more than 30,000 people, that they should be fired.”

Ingraham chimed in, “We had 100 students engage in a walk-in, in support of the sheriff’s deputy, who, by all accounts, is a fairly exemplary member of the community: a coach, he’s someone the students sought out when they had problems.”

Disgusted, she said, “For them to seek out, to destroy Don Lemon… this is the typical left-wing haranguing.”

“Freedom of speech is under attack,” O’Reilly concluded.

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