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February 11, 2011 / sadhbhanu

The Right Word: Fox bites back at the ‘über-left’ Guardian

Bill O’Reilly was delighted with himself for having conducted what he believes must be the most watched interview (view clip) of all time with President Obama on Super Bowl Sunday. He did take issue with some of the media reaction, however, and particularly singled out none other than the “über-left British newspaper the Guardian” (mentioned several times throughout the broadcast) forMichael Tomasky’s suggestion that his constant interruptions of the president could be seen as “rude and blustery”.

Despite the mixed reaction, though, O’Reilly believes his interview has lent legitimacy to Fox News Corporation (FNC) that it may have previously lacked.

There are a lot of people all over the world who all they know about FNC is from what they read in the Guardian newspaper in London or some crazy thing like that. So I wanted to show them that, you know, we are a responsible agency and I truly believe we are the most powerful news agency in the country right now. And I wanted to get President Obama’s feeling on that and I don’t know if he was genuine or not.

O’Reilly discussed the interview with all his regular commentators: Juan Williams, Brit Hume, Bernie Goldberg and Mary Katherine Hamm. And they all thought he did a fine job. Hamm thought it was strange that anyone could think O’Reilly was rude because he interrupted the president 20 times in 15 minutes, to which O’Reilly responded, “Oh, the Guardian was outraged.” 

 

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