Fox's O'Reilly gets pushy at Obama event

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Fox's O'Reilly gets pushy at Obama event By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer
Sat Jan 5, 2:42 PM ET

No one ever accused Bill O'Reilly of being a wilting flower.

So when the Fox News Channel commentator and interviewer appeared midway through a Barack Obama rally at a Nashua high school Saturday, his presence was evident. Tall, with camera crew in tow, O'Reilly marched forward to get a good look.

Journalists have been known to seek the best angle.

But it was after Obama's speech that O'Reilly threw some elbows. And not so figuratively either.

Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson, a personal aide always at Obama's side during rope line handshakes, said O'Reilly yelled at him to get out of the way of his cameraman's shot. Nicholson said O'Reilly came around the waist-high barricade separating Obama from well-wishers.

"Then he grabbed me with both of his arms and tried to push me out of the way," Nicholson said after the campaign agreed to make him available to reporters.

A Fox News spokesman did not immediately respond to e-mail and phone messages.

The scene was hard to miss. O'Reilly is about 6-feet-5-inches tall. Nicholson is 6-feet-8-inches tall.

"I told him, 'Sir, I would appreciate it if you wouldn't shove me anymore.'

"He called me 'low class.' He was pretty upset."

Secret Service agents assigned to protect Obama ordered O'Reilly back behind the barricade. At that point Obama approached him and extended his hand.

O'Reilly, Nicholson recounted, "said the senator was great and that he would love to have him on the show."

Nicholson, a veteran of political campaigns, worked as Sen. John Kerry's personal aide in the 2004 presidential campaign, acquiring the nickname "Chief of Stuff."

"I've never seen a member of the press lay hands on a staffer before," he said.

Democrats, prodded by liberal activists who argue Fox News is biased, have been avoiding the cable news network. Fox had to cancel a scheduled Democratic debate after the candidates refused to participate.

So how did Obama react to O'Reilly's entreaty?

"The senator said he would think about going to the show after the primaries," Nicholson said.

O'Reilly later showed up at a Hillary Rodham Clinton event in Penacock, N.H., and was acknowledged by the candidate. He stood in the audience and urged an audience member to ask the New York senator and former first lady about her plan to remove troops from Iraq.

When the audience began booing, Clinton said, "No, no, no. He gets at least some credit for being here."
 

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Look at Bill getting all uppity, he should get into the Octagon and fight Al Franken.
 

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I love how they keep insisting Fox is so biased. CNN is incredibly, horribly biased... down to their rules for staffers...

Ugh, fuck it all. lol
 

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Oreilly says all that happened was this Obama aid intentionally blocked a fox news camera, so the camera man moved, and so did the aid, so Oreilly took it upon himself to move the man. no secret service were involved, and there wasnt any scuffle. according to him
 

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Democrats, prodded by liberal activists who argue Fox News is biased, have been avoiding the cable news network. Fox had to cancel a scheduled Democratic debate after the candidates refused to participate.

So how did Obama react to O'Reilly's entreaty?

"The senator said he would think about going to the show after the primaries," Nicholson said.
So much for that whole "unifying the left and right" bullshit Obama was spewing in his victory speech before he left for NH.
"I KNEW this was a scam!" [/big dick black]
 

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I love how they keep insisting Fox is so biased. CNN is incredibly, horribly biased... down to their rules for staffers...

Ugh, fuck it all. lol
Quoted for truth. Somehow, if we're to believe liberals & Democrats, Fox News is the only biased news outlet in existence, there are no others.

Absolute horseshit.

I've said it before, I'll say it again - in this day and age, THERE IS NO UNBIASED NEWS OUTLET. Be it press media, to network news, to the internet, pretty much every news media outlet is going to hit you with news that is biased, to some extent or another, to the underlying editorial opinion of that outlet. Americans need to learn to acknowledge this, and assess how to digest the news they are receiving based upon this situation.

But since it's been mentioned before, there's nothing more ridiculous than Democrat candidates refusing to go on Fox. Okay, Fox is biased against you. I'm supposed to be impressed enough with you to vote you into office, when you don't even have the balls to go and face the opposing viewpoint? Wasn't one of your criticisms against Bush these last 7 years that his administration isn't open enough with the press? Wasn't Bush mocked for frequenting news outlets like Fox News? And yet when you do the same thing, I'm supposed to eat your bullshit up with a fucking spoon.
 

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You want to see how the bias goes both ways. Just watch the O'Reilly Factor and Countdown with Keith Olberman and flip back and forth. The digust each one has for the other one's political beliefs is hysterical but at the same shows the divison in this country.
 

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I love how they keep insisting Fox is so biased. CNN is incredibly, horribly biased... down to their rules for staffers...

Ugh, fuck it all. lol
word. it kinda sucks...because there is a movie out called "outfoxed" which basically talks about the bias that Fox News has....but yet doesn't acknowledge any bias from the other side which IMO negates any credibility they actually had.
 

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You want to see how the bias goes both ways. Just watch the O'Reilly Factor and Countdown with Keith Olberman and flip back and forth. The digust each one has for the other one's political beliefs is hysterical but at the same shows the divison in this country.
atleast oreilly debates, brings on the other side. for holbermann, there is no leaving his little world of self gratifying long winded arguments.
 

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Stormrider666 said:
You want to see how the bias goes both ways. Just watch the O'Reilly Factor and Countdown with Keith Olberman and flip back and forth. The digust each one has for the other one's political beliefs is hysterical but at the same shows the divison in this country.
Anyone who believes that it's only FNC that's biased while CNN and MSNBC aren't is either naive, stupid or both. Olberman is a joke when it comes to wearing his liberal heart on his sleeve. And while his Worst Person in the World segment used to actually make sense to a degree, it eventually disintegrated into a Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck bashing segment. For my own reasons, I don't like O'Reilly (his mother is a feisty old lady & I adore her but Bill? meh), but I do watch and listen to Glenn Beck regularly. I laugh each time he's on Olberman's worst person list. Just like mediamatters.org, I swear that he hears something he disagrees with and in his excitement to hang Beck or O'Reilly, forgets to listen to the rest of the segment, which in many cases explains the statement to either support or debunk it.

Joe Scarborough used to be good when he hosted Scarborough Country. Then he moved to mornings and went soft. I'm guessing his Morning Joe is decaf.
 

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O'reilly is a complete tool.

Regardless of his political opinions he is just a loudmouthed piece of crap.



Fox news is way more biased than the other news outlets are.

I love the video of Bill Clinton PWN'ing Fox NEws
 

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O'reilly is a complete tool.

Regardless of his political opinions he is just a loudmouthed piece of crap.



Fox news is way more biased than the other news outlets are.

I love the video of Bill Clinton PWN'ing Fox NEws
fox doesnt put anything on like holbermann. no show is shut out from debate with two sides on fox. cant say the same for msnbc
 

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I work in the biz and trust me, Fox News isn't as biased as some of the other outlets. And it's annoying, because if it paid better, I'd go work there. I know a messageboard post doesn't mean much. All I can give you is my word.
 

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I work in the biz and trust me, Fox News isn't as biased as some of the other outlets. And it's annoying, because if it paid better, I'd go work there. I know a messageboard post doesn't mean much. All I can give you is my word.
But you're a priest .. and we all know that priests don't lie :action-sm
 

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fox doesnt put anything on like holbermann. no show is shut out from debate with two sides on fox. cant say the same for msnbc
I think it all depends on the host ... I've seen O'Reilly listen to the other side and then out & out tell them they're wrong. But at least he listened. Hannity on the other hand will just talk over his guests. At least the few times I've watched & listened to his programs.

I don't remember ever seeing someone from the other side on Olberman's shows. Scarborough has both sides on as does Beck.

That's just my irrelevant opinion though
 

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oreilly just played the video. this obama aid was a real ass and clearly blocking the camera intentionally