WSJ's Riley, FNC's Williams discuss 'Grievance Industry's' Jesse Jackson's entrance into 'Duck Dynasty' controversy
26 Dec 2013
On Thursday‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe O‚ÄôReilly Factor,‚ÄĚ Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley and Juan Williams, filling in for host Bill O‚ÄôReilly, discussed Jesse Jackson‚Äôs entrance into the ‚ÄúDuck Dynasty‚ÄĚ controversy.
‚ÄúJesse Jackson has been doing this for 30 years,‚ÄĚ Riley said. ‚ÄúIs anyone surprised he has injected himself into this controversy? This is what he does. He is part of the grievance industry. It‚Äôs very lucrative. Jesse Jackson may claim to be acting on behalf of black people, but Jesse Jackson is acting on behalf of Jesse Jackson.‚ÄĚ
Williams conceded that Riley had a ‚Äúgreat point‚ÄĚ and asked him what he thought Jackson‚Äôs end game was.
‚ÄúHe wants to be able to continue to go around to corporate America and shake them down for money,‚ÄĚ Riley added. ‚Äú‚ÄôGive to my groups and I‚Äôll shut up about this.‚Äô That‚Äôs what he‚Äôs been doing for 30 years. What‚Äôs interesting here, Juan, is Jesse Jackson claims to be acting on behalf of blacks ‚Äď particularly downtrodden blacks, disadvantaged blacks. But what does Phil Robertson have to do with the fact black kids are reading three grade levels behind white kids or the fact they‚Äôre shooting each other in the street over a pair of sneakers or a ski parka? I mean, what does Phil Robertson have to do with that? And how will sitting down with A&E or Crack Barrel change any of those realities about the people Jesse Jackson claims to represent? This is about Jesse Jackson and his deep pockets, or his bottom line, I should say.‚ÄĚ