Apparently, tonight was Bill O’Reilly’s night to jump the shark. In a discussion with Bernie Goldberg about Bob Woodward (not) being “threatened” by the Obama administration, O’Reilly told a chilling tale about someone who once got angry at his reporting. A grinning O'Reilly boasted that he grabbed the guy’s tie, led him out the door and said, “Next time you talk to me like that, you’re going in the Charles river. You’re lucky you just got away with the square tonight."
After O’Reilly and guest agreed, as Goldberg put it, that the contretemps between Woodward and The White House was “not the second coming of Nixon’s enemies list,” Goldberg likened the Obama White House to the mob anyway.
(Obama’s) got a great demeanor. He’s got a great smile. He’s always cool. He never gets flustered. But right behind the curtain are the Chicago thugs, the people that will yell at you, they will curse at you, and it’s always… about one thing: trying to intimidate you, to make you think long and hard before you do something they don’t like a second time.
O’Reilly said, “I want them to curse at me, Bernie. I want them to try to intimidate me. …I would find that so amusing, I would just – I would laugh.”
Oh, really? O'Reilly went on to say:
That happened to me once in my career in Boston and the next time I saw the guy, I grabbed his tie and I led him across a hotel lobby by his tie. And I kicked him right out into Copley Square. And I said, ‘Next time you talk to me like that, you’re going in the Charles river. You’re lucky you just got away with the square tonight.’ That’s the kind of guy I am.
After Goldberg talked about “blowback” he got from Dan Rather, O’Reilly jabbed his finger, smiled and said, “If anybody curses at you, Bernie, you let me know right away and then you and me we’ll both go down and get ‘em.”
Talk about thuggish!