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O’Reilly Airs Some of Jackson’s Hot Mic Comments

jackson_7-9.jpgAs reported earlier today, Bill O’Reilly aired some of what Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized for earlier this afternoon when he was talking to fellow guest Reid Tuckson before an interview with Fox & Friends on Sunday.

O’Reilly also made this point — Fox News decided against showing all of the statements.

I want to tell the audience, and I want to tell you, that we held back some of this conversation, and we did that because we didn’t feel it had any relevance to the conversation this evening. We are not out to get Jesse Jackson. We are not out to embarrass him and we are not out to make him look bad. If we were, we would have used what we had, which is more damaging than what you have heard. What we are trying to get at here, is that there are some people who believe that the victimization here goes to hell if Barack Obama is elected president. The accusation that we live in a racial society, unfair to blacks, all blows up if you get Obama into the White House.

For what he did air, click continued to see the segment…

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O’Reilly Factor to Air Video of Jesse Jackson Comments About Barack Obama

Breaking: The O’Reilly Factor will air exclusive video of the Rev. Jesse Jackson making disparaging comments about Sen. Barack Obama. TVNewser has learned the comments were made prior to an interview Jackson did Sunday morning on Fox & Friends. We’re told some of the comments are so raw that O’Reilly will most likely only run a couple of soundbites.

The video will show Jackson chatting with Reid Tuckson, EVP of United Health Group. The two were at Fox News Channel’s Chicago bureau getting ready to be interviewed about a new health care initiative.

Jackson was apparently unaware his microphone was hot when he made the comments about Obama, which we’re told are racial in nature.

cnnexcl_7-9.JPGJust before 4:00pmET on CNN, anchor Don Lemon reported that Rev. Jackson had reached out to the network to apologize for the comments.

Later, during The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer and Lemon interviewed Jackson about his comments. At one point, Blitzer said, “because it’s so crude, we can’t even repeat it on the air right now.”

When reached for comment about the story, a Fox News spokesperson said, “We want to thank CNN for driving tune-in to The O’Reilly Factor tonight.”

> More: Jackson will respond to the hot mic comments at 8pmET tonight — but on CNN, not FNC. He will be interviewed by Campbell Brown during CNN Election Center…

> More, More: Matt Drudge Reports Jackson will hold a news conference at 6pmET…

Click continued to read part of Jackson’s statement about the incident…

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