O’Reilly: Trump ‘Is Correct When He Slams the National Press for Constantly Trying to Vilify Him’

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at the Concord Community High School Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Elkhart, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly argued that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was justified in airing his gripes with the national media. O’Reilly used his “Talking Points Memo” opening segment to make the case the media had unfairly targeted him with questions about his benefit to raise money for veterans last January and the timeline of how the donations are handled. Partial transcript as follows: Yesterday, Mr. Trump slammed the national media Tuesday for questioning his donations to veterans. The issue stem from a benefit Mr. Trump held last January where he said he raised $6 million to help vets in need. A report by the Washington Post questioned whether the money had been distributed in a timely manner. So in a press conference Mr. Trump laid out what his organization did, citing names of organizations and amounts of money donated. Then Mr. Trump lashed the press, something he does frequently. … Today the Associated Press now reports that some of Mr. Trump’s donations were just recently distributed, including his own $1-million dollar check. That’s legitimate. I did the same thing after the 9/11 telethon, which was held to benefit families devastated by the al-Qaeda