WSJ's Riley, FNC's Williams discuss 'Grievance Industry's' Jesse Jackson's entrance into 'Duck Dynasty' controversy
26 Dec 2013
On Thursdayâ€™s â€śThe Oâ€™Reilly Factor,â€ť Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley and Juan Williams, filling in for host Bill Oâ€™Reilly, discussed Jesse Jacksonâ€™s entrance into the â€śDuck Dynastyâ€ť controversy.
â€śJesse Jackson has been doing this for 30 years,â€ť Riley said. â€śIs anyone surprised he has injected himself into this controversy? This is what he does. He is part of the grievance industry. Itâ€™s very lucrative. Jesse Jackson may claim to be acting on behalf of black people, but Jesse Jackson is acting on behalf of Jesse Jackson.â€ť
Williams conceded that Riley had a â€śgreat pointâ€ť and asked him what he thought Jacksonâ€™s end game was.
â€śHe wants to be able to continue to go around to corporate America and shake them down for money,â€ť Riley added. â€śâ€™Give to my groups and Iâ€™ll shut up about this.â€™ Thatâ€™s what heâ€™s been doing for 30 years. Whatâ€™s interesting here, Juan, is Jesse Jackson claims to be acting on behalf of blacks â€“ 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 theyâ€™re 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.â€ť