Bill O’Reilly has been obsessing this week about whether or not Fox News personnel have been received hospitably at the Democratic National Convention. Not because he worries that Democrats have an incorrect view of Fox but because he’s going to be there today. In my book, that’s as good as admitting that Fox News is geared for Republicans.
Tuesday night (9/4/12), Juan Williams admitted he has gotten some “jazz,” as O’Reilly put it, for working for Fox. Although it sounded as though the “jazz” was not just at the DNC. Williams said: “People just want to know why do you work for Fox, why do you have to be there… how do you put up with that and… aren’t you sick of being condescending to? It’s a constant drumbeat.”
But Williams blew it off. “I’m a proud employee… Nobody’s telling me what to say… There’s no limits here.”
Last night, O’Reilly repeated his concern to supposedly objective reporters James Rosen and John Roberts.
Rosen said he’s been treated very nicely though he also said, apparently joking, “I’m trying to lay low for the most part and just do O’Reilly.”
O’Reilly’s next question suggested the source of his real concern: “I’m going to be there tomorrow. Am I going to be warmly received?”
Roberts said, “Everybody’s very nice, Bill. You know, (if) you’ve been around these conventions long enough, people know you as a good, objective correspondent – like James Rosen, like Carl Cameron, like Bret Baier, like everybody here at the network and they’re very appreciative of the work that you do.” He went on to say that everyone has been very cordial and friendly.
But if Fox News is so fair and balanced and O’Reilly is so independent, he’d have nothing to worry about, right?
The Juan Williams video is available at Mediaite.
Gawd, BOR is so self-asorbed and full of himself. Btw, perhaps how he would be received at the DNC is a moot point as tonight’s “Factor” isn’t even coming from the convention hall. BOR said he’s airing from the NASCAR museum because the convention hall would be too loud for him/his guests to talk over.
Also, earlier in the show, he had a very dishonest discussion about the war on women with Megan Kelly. BOR said that he’s confused and doesn’t know what women mean when they say that their right to choice is being threatened. BOR deliberately overlooked a whole host of issues to declare that there’s no problem with womens’ right to choose. He got the final word wherein he declared that he “doesn’t see any womens’ rights under assault at all” and that women want “more stuff, more abortion – that’s what they want.”
BOR checking himself out at the 2004 RNC…bwaaah!