Apparently, Bill O’Reilly is getting some heat from his tough interview with Rick Santorum the night after he won the Iowa primary (1/4/12). Last night (1/5/12), O’Reilly devoted 7:35 to his Talking Points segment – which normally lasts two or three minutes – to defending his interview. O’Reilly even made some interesting, legitimate points. But he damaged his own credibility by leading off with a boast about his own self-importance.
"There is no question that this program will play a major role in the presidential race this year. We are by far the most-watched news show in prime time, tripling our opposition.”
Of course, he forgot to mention that his viewership has slipped in the last year and there are trends to suggest some of that “major role” is being ceded to Jon Stewart. Politicususa noted in a post called, Jon Stewart Crushes Fox News In The 2011 Ratings, “While Fox News was losing 14% in the demo in 2011, Jon Stewart was gaining 6%.”
O’Reilly went on to claim, “Many Factor viewers watch us because they want straight talk. We’re not rooting for anyone. We’re not in the business of promoting any candidate and we are tough on everybody.” While that is true to some degree, to me it’s pretty obvious O’Reilly’s a Romney guy.
Clearly, O’Reilly is in a bit of a tough spot. Unlike Sean Hannity, O’Reilly is no GOP lapdog. So he has apparently raised the ire of those Fox viewers who want to see cheerleading for all things conservative and Republican by raising questions about the future of the GOP - especially with regard to the non-Romney Rick Santorum.
O’Reilly went on to make a case against re-electing President Obama. But, O’Reilly noted, Obama remains competitive “even though the economy is shaky” and despite the debt, Solyndra, “cap and trade” and “health care mandates.”
“He’s not Jimmy Carter,” O’Reilly warned. “The GOP better understand that and the party had better put together a cogent message based upon spending limitations along with entitlement and tax reform. Ideology will not, I repeat will not defeat Barack Obama.”
I’ll agree with O’Reilly there. Whether or not his party will pay attention to his concerns remains to be seen - no matter how important the show is.
We can imagine what Billy says about Hannocchio in the privacy of his office at News Corporation.
Once again, I invite anyone here to at least look at this site:
Guess O’Falafel didn’t want to be outdone by his good buddy Sean. So now he claims he will play a major role in the 2012 election. Says he will be a gamechanger. Then he has Bernie on to look out for racism toward whites by the President’s minions.
They may not like each other much, but O’Loofah and Klannity sure do think alike.
OâReilly went on to make a case against re-electing President Obama."
Love the consistency, Billy.
I predict your show will play about as “major” a role in the presidential race as Rush Limpballs’ “Operation CHAOS 2008” . . .
I paid a few million for some phone calls once, and my wife has bought her own house. The good news is, I’m a trend setter. Soon every American male will have a two million dollar phone bill and a wife living outside home. Well that’s my stellar life in a nutshell, now I’m gonna tell ya how to vote …
Bildo does deserve a tiny attaboy for not giving gratuitous BJs to every Repug on his show like KKKlannity does.