Bill O’Reilly visited Jay Leno and the Tonight Show last week and made a startling admission: That he wanted to give Mitt Romney a full hour of airtime the night before the election. And even though O’Reilly insisted he had not given either candidate “advice,” he also revealed that he had told Romney’s “people” that they would lose unless they did something “dramatic” – like coming on O’Reilly’s show for an hour.
O’Reilly told Leno that he had tried to get both President Obama and Mitt Romney on his show. O’Reilly said Obama “wouldn’t come on because he didn’t want to talk about Libya.” O’Reilly assured the Tonight audience that he would have insisted on talking about Libya.
O’Reilly didn’t mention any tough issues he’d confront Romney about. But when Obama refused (and don’t tell me O’Reilly didn’t know that would happen), he used that as an excuse to offer a full hour to Romney:
The Romney people inexplicably (declined) – and I was amazed. ‘Cause I told them they were gonna lose. I told ‘em. I said, “You guys are gonna lose unless you do something dramatic, unless you make” – and we would have given em the whole hour, the Monday the night before, we would have given ‘em the whole hour. Because we did invite the president. They turned us down. Romney would have had an hour. In prime time on the highest rated show in the country in cable news. And he didn’t take it. We were just like amazed.
I’ve got to admit, I’m amazed, too.
Video available at Mediaite.
I don’t know what it is going to take before it hits Bile’s overblown head that he has absolutely no relevance.
In any event, MagicUnderwear Mitt had nothing to gain by yet another fawning infomercial on Fux Noise. The Fux Noise audience was firmly in his camp already. Why wouldn’t they be after four years of non-stop Obama bashing by Bildo, KKKlannity, Van Suckup et al ad nauseam?
If anything, this is just another giveaway that O’Reilly was pulling as hard as he could for the GOP to win, even in light of the strong indications that they would not. He had predicted doom for Obama, all the way from the 2010 midterms, and he had predicted doom for the country if Obama somehow did get re-elected. He had presented Obama’s positions in a way that would make them sound irresponsible and ridiculous, while presenting Romney as a sensible businessman. Of course, he also expressed skepticism when people like Dick Morris embarrassed themselves with predictions of Romney landslides, but he was clear that he wanted to see Romney win in any case.
The thing to remember about Fox’s ratings, and O’Reilly’s in particular – is that it isn’t just the devoted fanbase. There is a large number of people who DON’T like Fox News who tune in as well, including people like myself, who want to hear what the other side is saying. Of course, the Fox base viewers don’t also tune into MSNBC, because they’re not interested in hearing that point of view. Hence, MSNBC has a lower rating number.
“But all’s well that ends well! I really, really enjoyed watching Rove crap his diaper!”
TV audience) that the Mormon appearing on his show would have tilted the election his way. Ha!!! And again I say Ha!!!! Why do TV hosts let him get away with this shit?? Jeez, I wish I could get 5 minutes with O’Falafel on a national TV stage and just cut him to ribbons. Fuck Leno, The View, Letterman and Jon Stewart for not calling him out on his shit-filled prognostigations. Shameful that they let him get away with his crap.
Too bad for you, great for America!
Hey Billy, get an interview with that cop you were so interested in awhile back. We’d all tune in to hear those tough questions.
I mean, I can’t believe that O’Really didn’t spend days on end bashing Obama for not appearing on his show—especially for Obama’s brazen attempt to keep O’Really from asking all the “tough questions.” I can understand O’Really’s blah-blah about Romney (retconning—emphasis on the “conning”—is part and parcel of O’Really’s livelihood, and I doubt anyone from the Romney camp is going to bother coming forward at this late date and saying O’Really lied and never contacted anyone at TeamRomney about Romney’s coming on the show) but, missing another chance to bash Obama for an hour a day for days on end simply doesn’t sound like the O’Really we’ve all come to know and loathe.
And you’ve just got to wonder about O’Really’s “fans” after hearing this. What must they think? That O’Really just took a “no” from TeamObama without
*Yes, the misspelling was deliberate.