I would think that anyone who wants an informed opinion on the matter would actually read the transcript of the broadcast in question, or perhaps listen to the audio.
It is impossible for anyone to claim that O’Reilly did not say the things he said. They have been recorded.
And O’Reilly is not some minor cable guy, he’s the top-rated "news" show on cable.
I would be very interested in seeing any reference to Al Sharpton saying the matter is a load of crap. I do not believe he ever said anything of the kind.