O’Reilly: Obama Interview ‘Was Not a Debate, It Was a Discussion’
In tonight’s Talking Points, Bill O'Reilly called the discussion surrounding his interview with President Barack Obama “fascinating.”
“The usual suspects are complaining that I was rude, obnoxious,” he said. “On the other side, the hard right is moaning that I didn’t slam the president to the floor or something.”
“The interview was not a debate, it was a discussion,” O’Reilly said. “I managed to get the president on the record about some very controversial topics, something that has not been done before.”
According to initial ratings, about 20 million people watched Sunday’s interview live, and many more watched it online.
O’Reilly accused the mainstream media of ignoring or casually covering the story. He noted that "CBS This Morning" had the best coverage of his interview, while CNN almost completely ignored that it happened. “Perhaps they didn’t have enough time, being a 24-hour news channel,” O’Reilly said.
“But all in all, we have more information on the president of the United States now than we did before Super Bowl Sunday, and no nastiness was involved.”