Senator Bernie Sanders hasn't wanted to visit The O'Reilly Factor often enough. So Bill O'Reilly decided to try and embarrass him with an ambush interview. But if you ask me, O'Reilly's the one who came out looking foolish.
Sanders visited The O'Reilly Factor in April but, apparently, has not wanted to come back since then. And O'Reilly - who never tires of railing against African Americans who, he says, feel entitled and are filled with grievance - decided he was so aggrieved and entitled to a Sanders interview that he sent ambush producer Jesse Watters to humiliate Sanders in revenge.
"Bernie Sanders used to appear on The Factor with us without a problem but he has been dodging us," O'Reilly said. "So we sent Watters to see him in Washington." O'Reilly smiled maliciously.
But when Watters ambushed Sanders, he merely said, "I don’t do ambush interviews. If you want to talk to us, there’s my press secretary."
"I do do ambush interviews and here’s my question," Watters began.
But before Watters could ask, Sanders barked, "Don’t push me. I didn’t get rough. You pushed me."
Watters, not to be deterred from his smarminess, said, "Bill is upset because you haven’t done the show and we feel like you used to be a friend of the show. You’re not so big time now that you’re gonna forget about your friends, right?"
For extra dickishness, Watters sneered, "O’Reilly’s a little concerned that if you do become president you might seize his house. Should he be worried?"
But unfortunately for The Factor, Sanders refused to take any of the bait. He remained silent after telling Watters to get in touch with the press secretary if he wanted an interview.
However, back in the studio, O'Reilly and Watters had a good chuckle over this.
"I wanted to ask him if he has a secret server in his house but I never got around to it," Watters "quipped."
O'Reilly complained that Sanders was “always on the show, very straightforward.” But now, O'Reilly whined, “He’s big time and he doesn’t have time for us any more."
"Do you think he’s going to come on the show now?" Watters asked. His dubious tone revealed he thought it most unlikely.
"I don’t care," O'Reilly said. So, in other words, he was just being an even bigger dick by ambushing Sanders in the first place. Or maybe it was sour grapes. O'Reilly opined that the reason he thinks Sanders would not come on The Factor is because "he knows that some of his base doesn’t like us. So now he’s being a politician. We liked Bernie when he wasn’t a politician but now he’s a politician. …He thinks he’s gonna win."
Watch the Sanders ambush fail below, from the September 14 The O'Reilly Factor. It starts a few minutes into the video. In the first few minutes Watters also tries to ambush Bowe Bergdahl's lawyer - and fails there, too.
Heh, that would be funny.
Loved Ron Paul smacking down O’Reilly.
Running later for work….
Surfing YouTube I can’t find it. It was some conference like Netroots and he was going after some guy and a camera team nearby picked it up so he rushed for the door.
However, I did find this Think Progress example of some guy chasing him into an elevator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyziR617Vjc. The guy’s an amateur and clearly not prepared but Jesse still struggles to keep his arrogant smirk playing for time pretending to instruct the guy on the art of the ambush as he desperately searches for the nearest means of escape.
I did come up with this clip of Ron Paul getting ambushed by Watters. Forgetting the dull interview which unfolds, the intro of Ron Paul describing why he didn’t respond to O’Reilly’s ‘request’ for Paul to appear on “The Factor” is precious.
Obviously, Fox News is a rigged game. Uneven, unfair treatment of libs versus cons. Expect loaded gotcha questions, plenty of argument and interruptions by a ‘professional’ journalist, chopping block edits to make you look bad. So it’s nearly impossible to win a Jesse ambush.
All that said, running away is what he wants. It makes it look like you have something to hide. Sanders or any politician running for high office should be articulate and skilled in discussing current events. They should spare a few minutes even if they’re late for a meeting.
Yeah, the return insults (a.k.a. the Olbermann approach) would be hilarious. “Bill wanted another interview? Yeah, but the last one was too much like his ace war reporting.” ;^)
Not sure if this is the conference you were thinking of but here’s a flashback to when Watters was escorted out of the hotel where a NOW conference was being held and told he’d be arrested if he came back.
If only because Infrastructure is a real issue, while Bill O’Reilly’s house is just Bill O’Reilly caring about no one but himself.
Guess he ain’t so manly.
I actually witnessed Watters get the tables turned on him at a conference where a liberal camera crew covering the event stuck a camera in his face during one of his ambushes and he got chased out of the arena bombarded by questions and statements. It was hilarious. If I recall, back on “The Factor” he played the victim. Ah, poor Jesse! ;^)