The Answer Is 42 Times

8 Feb

And the question is; “How many times can Bill O’Reilly interrupt President Obama during a 14 minute interview?”

During the Super Bowl pre-game show, President Barack Obama sat down for an exclusive, live interview with the King of Right Wing Self-Important Condescension, Bill O’Reilly.  The President must have known going into the interview that he was signing up for his part in the top-rated ongoing Fox News theatrical drama, “OsamaObama Is A Krazy MuslimSoshalista Who Wants To Take Yer Jerbs And Kill Yer Grandma!”  However, I think even he must have been taken aback with the contempt showed to him by O’Reilly during this interview.

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O’Reilly was guilty of backhanded remarks, interruptions, snide asides, leading and loaded questions, and unbelievably, asking the President, “Does it bother you that so many people hate you?”  Talk about your passive aggressive insults which pander to the Fox audience.  I’m surprised O’Reilly didn’t ask him “Did you stop beating your wife yet?” or “They sell any mens clothes where you bought that suit?”

There is a difference between being an aggressive interviewer who asks follow-up questions and just being an old fashioned arrogant jerk.  O’Reilly doesn’t seem to understand that difference.  Before his next interview with the President, perhaps O’Reilly could watch a textbook example of solid, aggressive interviewing by an Irish reporter from 2006.

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Unfortunately, he’ll probably just stick to pandering to his dummy audience and asking insulting questions.  Here’s a random sample of that nightly O’Reilly audience.

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12 Responses to “The Answer Is 42 Times”

  1. Brian February 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    As proven by Al Franken, O’Reilly is a liar.  But, since Obama is as much a corporatist tool as O’Reilly, I can’t really get my panties in a twist.  When the corporatist legislature, executive, and judiciary are EXTIRPATED from american political life, things will change.  Until then, grab your ankles.

  2. BobbyCat February 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    O’Reilly never left his thuggish, bullying personna back in Levitttown. Never grew out of it. But he did ask George W. Bush much the same question, “Why do they hate you?” But…..he couched Bush’s qustion in a sympathetic tone, not the abrasive, accusatory way he did with President Obama.

    His viewers are impressed with his machine gun style of throwing questions at his guests. His audience wanted him to beat up on the President. Getting down in the mud is what OReilly does. Of course, you can’t embarrass him. That’s all he knows.

  3. chris smith February 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Bobby, he did ask the question of Bush, but it’s a lesson in context. When he asked it of Bush, the context was “all those crazy pinhbead liberals hate you, how does that make you feel”. When he asked it of Obama (after earlier accusing him of being a socialist) the context was, “care to respond to everyone who justifiably hates you and your policies?” It’s not a small difference.

  4. Brian Castner February 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    I disagree a bit with your guess on Obama’s reaction – I think he knew what was coming, and wanted it. It gave him the chance to simultaneously 1) build sympathy from the Left that is growing (has grown) disillusioned, 2) appear folksy (no tie!) and 3) get his own words on Fox. O’Reilly got what he wanted, and so did Obama – everyone wins.

  5. Brian February 9, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    As Franken proved, O’Reilly is NOT from Levittown–another lie.

  6. Mike In WNY February 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    O’Reilly was very well mannered in this interview. It takes a loss of objectivity to find any major fault with his questioning of Obama.

    The only criticism I have is Obama’s continual efforts to evade answering the questions presented, however, that was not surprising but typical of a politician.

  7. BobbyCat February 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    “O’Reilly was very well mannered in this interview.”

    O’Reilly acted like a borrish, rude, loud-mouthed, lout. Everybody that saw the interview knows that.

    Anyone can take that tact – trying to defend an indefensible position, but not everybody would waste their time on a fool’s errand. I wouldn’t. I spend too much time on this already. Out!

    • Alan Bedenko February 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      Take that tack.

  8. Mike In WNY February 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    I watched the YouTube version on this blog, it must have been coming through differently on my computer.

    Jay Leno even made a joke about the interview tonight based on the FACT that it was so very cordial.

  9. BobbyCat February 10, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    @Alan

    I wrote ‘tact’ because I mean tack. God, you must be bored.

    • Alan Bedenko February 10, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      BobbyCat, I’m just adhering to your strict rules of epistolary propriety.

  10. BobbyCat February 10, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you, but my little epistles are mine and I’ll be the judge of my propriety.

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