Rosie O'Donnell on Thursday told MSNBC's Thomas Roberts that the media has contributed to the problem of anti-gay bullying.

“Bullying in our children's schools really is a reflection of what we are showing them in the media,” O'Donnell said.

She argued that in the 70s “there seemed to be a moral fiber in the programming executives' souls – so that they wouldn't put on things that hurt people.”

“Then in the 90s, you come home from school – you're a little child – you turn on the TV and you see people who look like mommy and daddy physically beating each other up. Like there became a national agenda of bullying. And … some of the 24-hours news networks seem to take pride in the fact that they bully people.”

O'Donnell added that gay rights is a new issue that came along after the premiere of NBC's Will & Grace.

“When I was on TV … nobody was asking you if you were gay or not. You know, nobody ever asked me in the entire run of my show if I was gay.”

“But you know gay is okay. And as more people are able to live that truth … the easier it's going to be for all of us,” she added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

(Related: Tracy Morgan tells Rosie O'Donnell that he'd be okay with a gay son.)