Skip to comments.Bill O’Reilly goes rogue on Sarah Palin, buffets her in testy exchanges
Posted on 07/13/2010 1:17:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
When former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signed a contract in January to become a regular guest on Fox News, many of her critics said it was part of a strategy by the Republican to avoid tough or skeptical questions and engage only with friendly members of the media.
But Bill OReilly appears to have missed that memo.
The larger-than-life Fox News host with the top rated cable news show on TV has a history of challenging Palin. You dont have that much experience, he told the former governor last fall, though he has also defended her performance as governor.
But Palins two most recent appearances on The OReilly Factor have drawn notice for the unusually testy exchanges between the TV titan and the most famous conservative political figure in America. This past Friday, OReilly interrupted Palin numerous times and pushed her to give an answer on how she would solve the nations immigration problem after securing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Well, again, first let me go back to the importance of securing the border, Palin said.
No, no, but we got that, we got that governor, OReilly interjected.
Mm mm, no we dont, Palin countered.
Yeah, the people watching this program have it. We have it. We assume that you as president would secure the border, OReilly said. But now you have to look inward, and youve got 12 million people staring at you. What are you going to have them do?
Palin talked generally about not giving illegal immigrants a free pass and said, Were not going to reward the bad behavior. She even, when asked what to do with immigrants who dont register with the government, responded: You deport em.
But when OReilly pressed her to outline what to do with those who do register for normalization, Palin was either unable or unwilling to answer the question: Bill, it makes me uncomfortable that were even going down that path so far when
You have to go, OReilly interrupted. You have to go down that path because its going to come up.
This is where it gets very complicated governor, OReilly said to Palin, who wore an expression that could be described as irritated or bemused.
Jere Hester, a former New York Daily News City Desk Editor who now teaches at CUNYs School of Journalism, called it an extraordinary exchange.
OReillys quizzing of Palin on how to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, during a June 15 interview, was not as tense as the most recent appearance. But OReilly did express disbelief at Palins argument that Obama was not doing everything he could to stop the gusher.
I kind of have a big beef with you too though, Bill, if you dont acknowledge that President Obama is wrong on his call for a need for energy policy, Palin said.
A spokesman for Palins political action committee, SarahPAC, declined to comment. But partisans on both sides of the Palin divide those who love her and those who hate her have taken notice.
Whatever shes for or not [on immigration], Bill OReilly doesnt seem to have much respect for her insights on the subject, wrote the liberal website Newshounds.us. For the second time in a few weeks, he virtually destroyed her credibility when she was poised to use his show to boost it.
But a website with a close association to Palin Conservatives4Palin.com lashed out at OReilly.
Mr. OReilly prides himself on being fair and balanced. OReilly regularly proclaims that when he interviews Governor Palin hell be fair without asking her gotcha questions. Well, on Friday night OReilly broke his own rule, said the website.
Had OReilly stopped interrupting her and allowed her to answer his question we would actually have heard what she had to say. Twice the Governor begun explaining her position and OReilly rudely interrupted her, said a post author at Conservatives4Palin named Sheya. To Bill OReilly: Can you PLEASE let Governor Palin finish her sentences so you actually get the ANSWER to your questions. You know, you may learn something in the process.
Conservatives4Palin.com was started in part by a woman, Rebecca Mansour, who left the site to become a paid Palin consultant. SarahPAC paid Mansour $22,000 from April to June of this year for help with grassroots organizing and with managing Palins online presence, largely through her very active Facebook page, according to Federal Election Campaign filings.
A veteran Republican operative, however, said the OReilly sessions are good for Palin.
Bill and Palin make for good TV. He gives her a run for her money and she feels free to give it right back to him, the GOP official said. The dynamic is a good one for the network, and it also helps stretch her on policy questions she would not otherwise feel obliged to answer.
He thinks girls are yucky.
Bill O’Reilly, hero of the left.
He is such a right wing loon - except when he argues with Palin, then they love him.
O’really should join Larry King... in RETIREMENT!!!!
Ted Baxter trying to intimidate a Conservative, nothing new, except it’s Sarah Palin.
Something odd is happening on the Fox News Channel. Kirsten Powers is looking more like Bill O’Really and Bill O’Really is looking more like Kirsten Powers. Maybe when they look like the same person they will do the Powers O’Really Minute and Dennis Miller will take over the other 59 minues of the 8 o’clock timeslot.
Meh, O’really is hard for me to take seriously ever since he came out against the Swift Boat Vets. It wasn’t that he was against them. It was his reasons.
His schtick is to be “centric” no matter how ludicrous his reasons. It’s all about his image.
Bill does do a lousy job of interviewing people quite often.
He just can’t keep his d*mn mouth shut to let people answer.
Have you ever seen Kirsten and Bill in the same room at the same time?
BOR is a populist wind bag. The only people that think he is a conservative are those people that think McCain is a conservative and Bush was a right wing ideologue.
This boosts his ratings and "credibility" to the left and left-leaning moderates as someone who is fair and balanced.
With the prospects of the Democrats going down in November, this stuff is like candy to the libs.
Sarah is a down home, salt of the earth, strong Amercian woman. She reminds me of a younger and cuter version of my maternal grandmother... OTOH, don't know what grandma looked like at that age. Considering what Mom looked like at that age, she might have been pretty cute too. Grandma wore those prairie style dresses and bonnets. But she was a strong, and opinionated, woman too. Snakes for miles around trembled to think they might have to go up against my grandma. Many did, and many died. Instead of eating the eggs, they became chicken feed.
And I think O'Reilly has a point. At the end of the day, these people want Amnesty...like it or not. And they will get it...because nobody, and I mean NOBODY, has the balls to deport these people. Politically speaking.
Just saying, remember the last time Amnesty was given and who gave it? The only way to stop illegal immigration is to stop them from getting here in the first place. Once they are here, it's too much of an emotional issue for politicians to deal with.
Yep. It used to be BOR would interupt when guests would try to filibuster and not answer the question. That was fine. Now he constantly interupts when guests are trying to give anything more than a y/n answer to a question. It’s gotten to the point I find him unwatchable.
Which is the right answer. It just remains what you do with illegals who do register.
The thing is, O'Reilly wants Palin to put all her cards on the table and this would allow the Left to attack her further.
I didn’t catch the exchange but I have no problem with what happened. If she wants to be taken seriously she can answer non-softball type questions. I don’t believe that if one of your biggest issues is immigration, an interviewer asking details of your plan is a gotcha question. I would like to see all politicians get their feet put to the fire. There are too many free passes out there.
I have a slightly mixed take on these little exchanges of theirs (I’ve seen most of them). Yes, it’s great ‘practice’ for Sarah, no doubt. She does need to firm up her stances on numerous issues and to be even better on her feet (by the way....I just love ‘er).
That said, O’Reilly is notorious for trying to steal the shine from brighter stars since his is fading gradually (witness his exchanges with Beck, who is arguably now the FAR bigger ‘star’ of FNC). I find that petty, to put it mildly. Bill needs to get that oversized ego in check once and for all or he’ll be totally left in the dust.
Did you ever notice how much better his show is when he isn’t on it.