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Friday, October 28, 2016

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has been congratulating himself for his confrontational Super Bowl interview with President Obama.

Others were less impressed with his hostile insistence on resuscitating every failed attempt to scar the president with a scandal. Dana Milbank noted that O’Reilly “interrupted the president 42 times, by my count — although, given the amount O’Reilly spoke, it may be more accurate to say Obama was interrupting him.”

Even Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera felt that O’Reilly needed basic instruction on how to treat the president of the United States. First of all, the O’Reilly Factor host needs to stop acting as if he’s “President of Most of the White Guys of America.”

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  • daniel bostdorf

    Geraldo Rivera lecture O’Reilly about respect.

    Does anyone think O’Reilly really cares what Jerry Rivers believes?

    Not now for O’Reilly. He was betrayed by Rivera….why?

    This is the same Geraldo that sparked a major backlash when he blamed Trayvon Martin for his own death by stating the Florida teen should not have gone outside wearing a hoodie.

    “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” and If you dress like a wannabe gangster, some knucklehead is going to take you at your word,” Rivera said.

    Guess who came to his defense?
    Bill O’Reilly.
    They even appeared together after these racist comments were brodcast wearing hoodies together at a basketball game.

    Talk about 2 “media gansters.”…..

    Don’t think O’Reilly will be seen anywhere with Gerald now.

  • 4sanity4all

    What Bill O’Reilly doesn’t get, is that the questions he asked are not the important questions, or even truthful questions. His questions were loaded with his point of view, with which many of us do not believe. Geraldo Rivera is right that O’Reilly treated the President with a lack of respect. It isn’t surprising, because he is very disrespectful about the President in his daily broadcast. What surprises me, however, is that Rivera, a guy from his own network, called him out on it. I think maybe even people who have been presenting the right wing point of view realize that it has descended to a very low level, one of mocking the President, rather than disagreeing with him in a gentlemanly or scholarly way. I hope this is the beginning of getting back to discussion and debate in this country. I hope it is a step away from the bullying, insulting tone that has pervaded so many broadcasts for the last five years.

    • latebloomingrandma

      I wonder if Ailes will be firing Rivera.
      Sigh–I miss Keith Olberman who really knew how to take it to O’Reilly.

      • Annemb

        Ditto to your post!

        I, too, miss Keith Olbermann. MSNBC forgot that it was Keith who brought in Rachel Maddow and Melissa Harris-Perry. Also, that they dismissed Martin Bashir, shows (to me anyway) that MSNBC is not to be trusted as as news source. Perhaps I’m making a general statement, but it’s how I feel after these faux pas.

        Great post!

    • Tom_D44

      You guys crack me up. You talk about respect for the President now, but when Bush was in office, and he happened to be someone you guys all disliked, and thought was guilty of all kinds of things, the mockery of the office was just fine. And I saw it as far worse than what Obama has gotten, because Obama only gets it from talk radio and Fox. Bush got it from the everybody and it was relentless. I am not protecting Bush and I am not protecting Obama. They are all corrupt politicians who game the system for their own personal or party gains. Wake up – you are being played by both sides.
      I have been watching Fox, MSNBC, CNN for years to develop my own opinions based on what all sides are saying. By far, if you watch him regularly, O’Reilly is the most fair of all of the opinion people. Yes he has his perspective, but they all do – Hannity, Maddow, Mathews, Etc. But O’Reilly will challenge anyone, on any side, if he feels he’s getting BS. President Obama hasn’t had a tough interview since he’s been in office. He won’t give interviews with people who disagree with him and the mainstream media is afraid to ask him anything more serious than how his new dog is doing. And Obama is a master at long winded answers that tell you nothing or leave you thinking what he might have meant. O’Reilly was determined not to let him do that and if it came across as disrespectful then so be it. O’Reilly felt that he had a responsibility to his viewers to get answers – regardless of whether the other side agrees with made up scandals or not. Kudos to someone who is finally not afraid to challenge this president although, to be honest, nothing came out of it and nothing ever will. As to the racism charges by all of you guys here – that’s a load of crap and if you actually watch any of these guys you will see that O’Reilly is not a racist. Asking a black president tough questions is not racism and any reasonable person knows this.

      • CEMQ


        Would you and your other right winger friends give up in trying to use W Bush to defend the racist, insulting attacks on President Obama? There is no equivalency in your argument.

        Bush was a FAILURE!

        Let me make it clear in a simple way that you can understand.

        1. Bush was “elected” by his brother who at the time was governor of Florida. His brother’s administration stole the election.
        2. Bush ignored the intelligence left him by the Clinton Administration about the dangers that Bin Laden to the US. As a result he failed to stop the attack on the Towers.
        3. Bush really screwed up the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.Remember “Heck of a job Brownie” to his FEMA director?
        4. Bush lied about the non existing connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden.
        5. Bush lied about the non existing WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq.
        6.Bush Administration let Osama Bin Laden get out of Afghanistan and live for many more years. The Obama Administration killed Osama.
        7. Bush insisted in cutting taxes while we were fighting two wars. For the one and only time that we have EVER not increased taxes during a war to pay for it. Clinton left the Nation with a surplus and Bush left us with an enormous deficit.

        8. Bush let Cheney’s company have the contracts to provide support services to our Armed Forces in Iraq. At one point they over billed by $2 Billion. Called it an “Accounting Mistake”.
        9. We killed some 300,000 Iraqis in that unnecessary war.
        10. He mismanaged the War in Afghanistan, which is why we are still there.
        11. Bush de-regulated the Banking and Wall Street industries which were the cause, together with cutting taxes and having two wars simultaneously, and the mortgage scandals/crimes of the Grand Recession whose effects are still with us.

        See why Bush deserved criticism?

        See why he is considered a failure?

        Even Bush himself knows he failed miserably. Thatis why he is nowhere to be seen.

        • 4sanity4all

          And those were REAL scandals, but you did not see the Democrats waste money having investigations of every issue.

  • judi

    Bill ‘Reilly does NOT respect the president…..the inferior black man, no matter how much he bombastically says otherwise. All he intended to do was make Obama look small…….and failed. True to his RW roots, he misdirected, talked in circles, bullied, cajoled, laid blame elsewhere, as he always does.

    Not a Geraldo fan, but he was totally correct in this matter. The Repubs have tried their best to embarrass, ridicule, blame and mock this president. Obama has more class and intelligence than the lot of them……..but he’s too nice . He’s catching on, though……

    • daniel bostdorf

      Yeah—-It is the “black man” in the “white house” of this country….

      And the obvious racism shown towards Obama is apparent.

    • CEMQ


      I agree with most of what you wrote except in referring to Geraldo “he was totally correct in this matter”.

      Geraldo, “Jerry”to his friends caved in to O’Reilly, seemed intimidated by him and would shut up when Billy boy screamed at him.

      O’Reilly is a self aggrandizing blowhard ass*ole who needs to be treated in the same way that he treats everybody else.

      By the way, in my opinion, the problem he has with Obama is that Billyboy cannot handle having an African American or any other non Anglo (non Latino white) being President of our Nation.

    • stcroixcarp

      I couldn’t help but notice the racially charged remark bill threw at Geraldo, saying that he was starting to look more like a cartel. O’Reily needs to retire and live off his social security entitlement.

      • One Cool Chick

        He is a pompous, insecure, immature manboy who has to cover his insecurities by conflating his sense of superiority and stabbing anyone who would threaten that false bravado with it. Mark my words..he will be stripped down again. It’s inevitable because of his inability to control his pathological, narcissistic hubris. And next time it will be more major…and I personally can not wait.

  • mah101

    Bill O’Reilly is a journalist seeking the truth?

    That statement, repeatedly asserted in this interview, is a damning indictment of the state of journalism in this country. There is nothing we could not do as a nation, if our journalists would actually start being journalists instead of shallow seekers of controversy, purveyors of sales figures, and (in O’Reilly’s case) arrogant blowhards enamored with their own petty intellectualism and blinded to their own bias and shortcomings.

    • Angelica Gerard


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    • Annemb

      Excellent post!

      Today’s media has become an increasingly corporate entity, expressing corporate interests, not news.

  • Daniel Jones

    @4sanity4all:disqus You’re absolutely correct that the mockery of the President has been hideous. Hell, the “more from the Web” links from this website’s stories often include this “ABC proves Michelle Obama” yakkety-schmackety with a very, very bad pic of her face in closeup deliberately chosen to make her look like Charka the ape-guy from *Land of the Lost* if you folks even remember that show.

    God help us all, the media needs an ethics probe and Bill needs an anal probe with a lye-coated roto-rooter.

  • FT66

    When the interviewer becomes the topic after the interview and not what was discussed on, then understand the work by him was totally ZERO. Bill O’Reilly going there and look like is a leader of another country (though they don’t behave like that way) they always use diplomacy while their titles they hold allow them to do so. Bill O’Reilly can’t garn even 5,000 votes if his name is put on any ballot, what makes him feel like someone who is very important while he isn’t?

  • Jambi

    O’Reilly is like an old, grumpy, crusty, “elder-uncle” (or even a father) who thinks he represents “most of America”?…get REAL “O’REALLY”… you’re a flunky pseudo-journalist on a cheap, “B-Rated” Fake News Channel… you’re like watching wrestling or NASCAR…go somewhere (else) and get a life!!!

    • roguerunners

      Hey now. Please don’t knock NASCAR.

      • Jambi

        OK…no offense to NASCAR fans…but I keep thinking…Non
        Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks….

        • herchato

          Yeah it doesn’t take years of training, skill, talent, dedication, sacrifice to become a great race car driver. They’re just not as much fun as watching liars presenting one sided arguments. Lol

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Yeah. Who does bill O’Reilly think he is? Pat Buchanan? Of course, Bill O’Reilly getting a civics lesson from Gerry Rivers, sorry, I mean Geraldo Rivera, is even funnier than O’Reilly’s interview with the President!

    • STMBT

      the PRESIDENT should have just got up and BITCH SLAPPED this loud mouth ASSHOLE.

      • dpaano

        Fortunately, even if he wanted to do that, he has too much class to actually do it!

  • SaneJane

    Journalist? When did that happen?

  • SaneJane

    He acted like a school yard bully and the President acted like an intelligent, reasonable, calm adult. O’Reilly is a narcissist and can only see the world as it relates to him. Also, this what he was told to do by his handlers and he, good, obedient servant that he is, did his job. I hope I live long enough to see Americans outgrow this childish, thuggish type of entertainment, for that is all it is. Entertainment for the uninformed, under-educated, brainwashed masses. Especially here in the South.

  • elw

    I have to give Geraldo credit for confronting O’Reilly who is nothing more than a thug who likes to believe he is actually a Journalist. The interview was so unprofessional and had zero meaning. The truth is the family structure in the this Country and the World is changing and O’Reilly’s concentration on the inner city is just a mirror of his racist views. Geraldo is correct O’Reilly lacked respect, but I am sure the President expected that; he is after all a very intelligent man. He is also man enough to laugh at the fly on the wall named O’Reilly. I am sure President Obama’s whole purpose of doing the interview was to reach out to people who watch FOX News in hopes of changing the mines and hearts of a few. You can blame that on his stint as a Community Organizer because to be one you have to learn to accept and deal with people who are different than you if you hope to be helpful to them.

  • amwa

    You are NOT a journalist Billo, you yell and over talk the person you are interviewing a true journalist would give the guest time to answer any question but no not you your yelling only makes one point, you are not a journalist and never have been and I agree with everything Geraldo says, actually he is more of journalist then you are, Fox does not have any journalists it is the National Enquirer of T.V. and pompous Billo you do not show any respect for the President who is so much more of a man than you will ever be, he stays cool calm and collected and is not the raving idiot you are thank God.



  • [email protected]

    All I can say is that the quality of journalism in American truly lack any integrity.

  • progressiveandproud

    Co-equals? O’Lielly is not a co-equal to Obama. Obama has intelligence, class, and a great family.

    O’Lielly is insulting, divorced, a womanizer, rude, and a bully. I’m not sure who O’Lielly’s co-equal is, but it sure as heck isn’t Obama.

    • plc97477

      Maybe rush?

  • jakenhyde

    O’Reilly is way too full of himself. He wouldn’t know respect for others if it slapped him in the face. Obama shut him down when he told O’Reilly, and rightfully so, that it was Faux Nooz that keeps trying to make mountains out of molehills. That must have really gotten O’Reilly’s BVDs in a twist.

  • Ann-Marie Poli

    I kind of thought the President saw it coming and went armed with his own little show of disrespect—-not wearing a tie. I had to laugh, because he has always been so conscious of not appearing too informal, that I felt it had to be on purpose. It’s just a guess on my part, but I like to think it was his own little passive aggressive dig, and that he is chuckling to himself over it, as I am.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Obama is the master of understanding the metaphor for basketball:

      Head fake, full court press etc..

      Maybe a bit of Mohamed Ali: “rope a dope”

  • Gary Graves

    Almost all republicans don’t respect the president because he is black. They will all die not knowing what freedom is, so when you don’t respect others you don’t respect yourself.

    • I , unfortunately, voted for the Emperor both times because I was tired of Bush. I use to get irritated when people would not call him “President Obama”.

  • herchato

    Bill you my take yourself a little too seriously maybe? Huh?

  • Michael G

    Bill O’Reilly – Blow Hard….

  • soul68

    In the context of that one interview, it wasn’t really an insult, but that O’Reilly and all the other nitwits on Fox News DO constantly use that as an insult makes O’Reillys argument invalid.

    And for O’Reilly to pretend he’s a journalist by saying it’s his job to get information is laughable. His job is to get ratings and he does it by being an extreme partisan to keep the lemmings who watch their network from turning the channel. Journalist… LOL.. PUH-lease.

    • Speaking of lemmings, there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts in my town that has the false news station(i.e., FOX News) on every single time I go in. The “usuals” just love to sit around and watch it with such glee.

  • One Cool Chick

    Geraldo Rivera: … “the only thing you and the president have in common is your height”.. Check and mate. Stay in your place Bill.

  • Dan McGrew

    Dog mah britches — Bill O’Reilly, the pompous equine posterior most prominent among the breed, is accused of not knowing how to properly interview the president. Had B.S. Bill been around during Harry Truman’s time and tried his act on the Missouri Farmer — O’Reilly would have gotten plumb tired of trying to get up off the floor.

    The Nixon White House Mafia would have taken him for a one-way ride.

    Any respectable media organization would have booted O’Reilly halfway back to Ireland after that display of stupidity by O’Reilly.

    But not to fear, Rupert Murdoch has no intention of operating a legitimate media company. Murdoch is preparing his next eavesdropping operation.
    O’Reilly the ignoramus allied with Murdoch the convicted and confessed criminal.

  • Good luck with trying to teach O’Reilly anything resembling decency, comportment, civility, and the like. Just the idea of having to teach a person how to treat a democratically-elected President is preposterous at best.
    O’Reilly comes across as the type of person who would have groveled at the feet of Reagan, Nixon, and the like; he would have likely offered to lick their shoes, thus enhancing the shine on said shoes to the point that the reflection of light would have been dazzling!!