Feb 7, 2011

O'man and O'man talk...FARCE NEWS

Interesting article and a few comments worth reading.  Enjoy from THE NEWYORKTIMES

Obama and O’Reilly Talk Mubarak and Football

WASHINGTON — President Obama once again passed up the opportunity to publicly call for President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt to resign, but said that Egypt will not go back to the country it used to be before the democracy protests started.
In Rupert Murdoch's DREAMS!
In an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, Mr. Obama said that only Mr. Mubarak knows what he wants to do, but added that the Egyptian people want free and fair elections and a representative government.

The interview with the conservative commentator was taped just before Mr. Obama was to host a Super Bowl party at the White House, in which the American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and her husband, the the Salsa crooner Marc Anthony were scheduled to attend. Mr. Obama told Mr. O’Reilly that while he would welcome and “schmooze” with his guests before the game, once it started he would be watching the antics on the field as the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The president – who had batted down one challenge after another from the conservative commentator without seeming to get annoyed – only visibly appeared a little ticked off when Mr. O’Reilly challenged him on whether he really watched football games.

“Bill, I know football, man,” Mr. Obama said, getting steely-eyed. “I schmooze with everybody when they come in,” he said of his celebrity guests coming to watch the game. But once the game starts, he said, “I don’t want them chitting and chatting.”

 Coitus Interruptus.  O'Reilly butts in and talks down to the President (surprised?).   With him and a few others like (Cooper, Matthews, Riviera, and Amanpour), it's always about the interviewer.   First segment, shown below,  aired on O'Reilly Friday, the rest comes this week.

A few Comments after the Times Story:

  • Fox really showed how far out of its league it really is with the pre-Superbowl "interview" of President Obama by Bill O'Reilly. After about ten minutes of this farce, we couldn't take O'Reilly's interruptions and self-serving remarks, so we hit the "mute" button. 
  • Fox could have assigned this to someone with some degree of journalistic gravitas, like Chris Wallace. The fact that an ignorant know-nothing like O'Reilly was chosen demonstrates how little Murdoch and Fox really think of the American public. Fox brought shame to the journalism and broadcasting professions. 
  • The President was more upset that O'Reilly suggested he didn't watch football than the simple fact he had to have O'Reilly in his house. I'm thinking of all the nasty things O'Reilly has said about his family.

  • I'd be interested in what non-Fox viewers thought of O'Reilly's "style." How did his rudeness schtick go over with the bigger audience?
  • Weak interview by a bombastic host.
  • Why does Obama even give O'Reilly or anyone associated with Fox the time of day?
  • By submitting to an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Mr. President, you have endowed both he and the Fox Network with a cachet that they do not deserve. By doing so, you have alienated your base, while failing to convince your detractors of anything.  Please do not allow this to recur. 
          Read the whole thing...THE NEWYORKTIMES

With Christina, and that horrible half time, and now this?
It was just a bad night all the way around for Fox and Company.

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