Fox host Bill O’Reilly tacitly acknowledged that Fox host Steve Doocy is “rooting for” Donald Trump, even as he falsely insisted that there’s no “surge” for any one candidate on Fox.
In an interview on Friday night, O’Reilly asked Christie, “Do you really believe the Fox & Friends guys are rooting for Trump?”
“Now listen, I think that Doocy gets me on the air and asks me, you know, four questions on Donald Trump and ‘Should Donald Trump have a do-over in Iowa?’” Christie replied. “You know, once you ask it the third time, you know, you should get off it.”
Christie continued, “So you know me, Bill. I’ve always been the kind of guy where I’ll take a couple of questions that I think are off the beaten trail…”
O’Reilly interrupted. “Yeah, you’re pretty straightforward but you’re dodging my question now. Do you think they’re rooting for Trump in the mornings, here?”
“I think Doocy might be rooting for Trump, yeah,” Christie answered.
“I think Doocy got promised he’s gonna be the ambassador to a very warm country,” O’Reilly joked. Which was an implicit admission that Christie was right.
Perhaps sensing the import of his last statement, O’Reilly added, “I don’t know. I mean, I watch the show… but I don’t think that there’s any surge for any one candidate on this network. I think it’s all over the place. We’ve got people rooting for you, people rooting for Trump, people rooting for Cruz, Rubio – whatever may be.
But O’Reilly is being disingenuous at best when he says there’s no “surge” for any particular candidate. In pure numbers, alone, Fox has favored Trump. And O'Reilly need look no further than Fox’s New Year’s Eve coverage – in which Fox actually delayed its year-end countdown to make sure Trump was part of it - to show the favoritism. That followed a show full of gushing over Trump’s upcoming appearance by hosts Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle. That’s not counting the open Trump promoting from hosts Harris Faulkner, Lou Dobbs and Andrea Tantaros, to name a few more. Media Matters has a timeline of the Fox/Trump palsiness.
By the way, I noticed O’Reilly didn’t mention anyone rooting for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders at the “fair and balanced”network.
Watch it below, from the February 5 The O’Reilly Factor.
Not even the Fox “Democrats” will support a Democrat for long if they want to keep their job.
Oh, sure, they’ll make one positive comment about a Democrat (after making ten negative comments). Well, that or however many “positive” comments the network provides for them to say (which will immediately be attacked by the other Fox “hosts” to which the “Democrat” will respond with “You might have a point about that” or some similar comment).