What got O'Reilly so steamed? Wednesday's Law & Order featured a crazed child murderer who targeted illegal immigrants and found inspiration from right wing media pundits. In one scene, the show's senior detective, Odafin Tutuola played by Ice-T, asks a lawyer named Randal Carver why he's defending this "wacko" murder. Carver blames the murders on the show's racist, fictionalized pundit, Gordon Garrison, alongside real life conservative commentators:
Detective Tutuola: I don't get why you’re defending this wacko.
Randall Carver: [He's] a symptom, not the disease.
Tutuola: That symptom killed three kids.
Carver: Garrison, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, all of them, they are like a cancer spreading ignorance and hate. I mean, they’ve convinced folks that immigrants are the problem, not corporations that fail to pay a living wage or a broken health care system.
O'Reilly responded with a blistering attack on Wolf:
That is simply defamatory and outrageous, and Dick Wolf is a coward for putting it out there. He’s also a liar. I have consistently defended poor people who only want a better life... If you watch the Factor, you know my beef is with the federal government not controlling illegal immigration, and with violent aliens who wreak havoc once they get here. Again, Dick Wolf, the executive producer of Law and Order is a despicable human being. Despicable for distorting and exploiting this very complicated issue.
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