Later, listing the television and radio networks on which he appeared and the newspapers in which he was published, Mr. O’Kelly then said, “The only thing I felt was true, honest and sincere that Roger Stone said at that time. he thought I wasn’t listening.
“All my professional distinctions, all my professional good faith went out the window because as far as he was concerned, he spoke and quarreled with a negro. “
The insult Mr. Stone used was commonly used to refer to black Americans during part of the 1960s, but for decades it was seen as offensive.
Mr O’Kelly said in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday night that Mr Stone’s use of the word was “clear, noticeable and unmistakable”.
This was the second time he had spoken with Mr Stone, Mr O’Kelly said, adding that he had not invited him to the show to provoke or direct him.
O’Kelly said he was “disappointed and dismayed that by 2020 we are there.”
“It’s the diet version of the N word, but as an African American man it’s something I deal with quite often,” he said. “If there’s one thing to take away from the conversation, it’s that Roger Stone took an unvarnished look at what is in the hearts of many Americans today.
Mr. Stone has been accused of using this type of language in the past, according to Media Matters for America, a liberal-leaning media watchdog, which noted in 2016 that Mr. Stone had deleted his Twitter account for inappropriate messages.