Shocker! Fox News Pundits Not Satisfied With Obama’s B+ Grade

obama-b+When Obama gave himself a “solid” grade of B+ in a recent interview with Oprah, it was only a matter of time — less than a day, to be precise — before the cable news punditocracy chimed in. As you can imagine, the Fox News faction, represented by Greta Van Susteren, Dana Perino, and Bill O’Reilly, did not take too kindly to it.

The president giving himself a grade is the sort of opportunity cabledom dreams of: it’s ‘newsworthy’ but totally subjective, and provides a hook for hanging on any sort of argument, talking point, or roundtable debate one wishes.

On On the Record, Van Susteren and Perino took the popular ‘bludgeon Obama for all his failings’ route. A preview of the clip below: B+ is a darn fine grade, and if my kid got a B+ in calculus I’d be proud; Obama was disrespectful to Bush; Obama was arrogant for analogizing himself to FDR in his Oprah interview (”I think we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt”).

O’Reilly was still critical, but a little more nuanced. He hammered Obama on public approval ratings and confidence polls. But he had the edge of having rolled out his own set of grades for Obama on GMA the previous week, which he made a focus of his discussion: B on jobs, C on Afghanistan, D on health care — a C average, if they’re all equally weighted, but not as brutal a pile-on as it could have been.

Olbermann Fails to Credit Mediaite While Slamming Drudge for Thievery

breitbart_olbermannOn last night’s Countdown, host Keith Olbermann included a quote by Andrew Breitbart that sounded rather familiar to me. I waited a few seconds to see if there would be any attribution, but the onscreen graphic simply said “Andrew Breitbart – Dec. 10.”

Maybe I was mistaken, maybe the source of Breitbart’s quote was something directly overheard by a Countdown staffer, or a Breitbart utterance in some public forum. Maybe Countdown didn’t lift the quote from an exclusive interview and fail to credit the source, in the very same segment in which they accused the Drudge Report of thievery.

In running down the conservative echo chamber, Olbermann cited many of the players involved, and made this claim: “…or get Matt Drudge to steal somebody else’s column in which somebody else will insist conservatives have no voice in the media.”

Here’s the video. The quote in question is at the 7:19 mark, but watch the whole thing. It’s pretty good.

The full quote is from a December 10 Mediaite article by Colby Hall. It was called “Exclusive Interview: Andrew Breitbart Announces Launch of New ‘Big’ Sites,” and also featured a little red “Exclusive” banner, in case you missed the headline.

In a phone interview with Mediaite, Breitbart says that his new sites will continue to “fight the mainstream media – New York TimesWashington Post, LA Times, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN — who have repeatedly, and under the guise of objectivity and political neutrality, promoted a blatantly left-of-center, pro-Democratic party agenda.”

Breitbart didn’t make that comment into the void of space, he made it in response to a Mediaite editor who had gone to the trouble of securing the interview and preparing questions for it. He deserved to be credited. How would Keith like it if we all got to tune in to “Countdown with Blank Spaces and a Dateline?”

The segment was about reactions, by Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck, to a line spoken by a fictional character on NBC’s Law and Order: SVU. Olbermann doesn’t make the heavy lift that the pair are “inciting violence,” a charge that carries a high burden of proof.  I’m sure we’ve all said or done things that would look equally bad posted on the web page of some killer.

He does, however, provide support for that SVU character’s assertion that they are “spreading ignorance and hate,” and eviscerates the notion of a gaggle of people who claim no objectivity accusing mainstream journalists of bias. Keith would have been better served sticking to those points.

Law & Order Likens “Limbaugh, Beck, and O’Reilly” To Violent Cancer


What’s the fastest way to get Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly talking about you on national television? Comparing them to a violent cancer, also on national television, is a pretty safe bet.

Two nights ago, a character in Law & Order likened Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly to “a cancer spreading ignorance and hate” against immigrants. Beck and O’Reilly were quick to hit back against the show’s “far-left” agenda:

O’Reilly, for his part, had some choice words for Law & Order EP Dick Wolf, those choice words being that Dick Wolf is a “despicable human being,” a “coward,” and a “liar.” O’Reilly then proceeded to roll some clips in which he made remarks about illegal immigrants that by all accounts were not cancerously spreading hate: for instance, that “most illegal aliens are good people, coming to America to try for better lives.”

Glenn Beck, for his part, launched into an apologia for tea parties, saying that they didn’t kill that census worker who hanged himself for the insurance money and that the SEIU is the real violent hub.

No word yet from Limbaugh, but if the speed and indignation of Beck’s and O’Reilly’s responses are any indication, stay tuned…



O’Reilly Recruits New Colleague Stossel To Join His Battle Against War On Christmas

stossel_12-9Bill O’Reilly is back this year with his annual fight against the “War on Christmas,” and last night he brought on new colleague John Stossel for his usual Tuesday segment to join the fight.

Stossel played along – but didn’t share O’Reilly’s uproar.

“We asked Fox Business guy John Stossel, who has a new program debuting on Thursday, to make a list of Christmas friendly companies and those that are humbug people,” said O’Reilly, introducing Stossel.

But ‘Stossel’s list’ was not really his at all – it was a chance for the FBN host to talk about the lists made on, a Focus on the Family-run site. For those curious: Sears=good, Old Navy=bad.

Although Stossel read the list, he admitted “I do not care” whether companies tell employees to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” But one thing Stossel said O’Reilly seemed to enjoy: “If I think they’re being politically correct I say ‘Merry Christmas’ just to annoy them.”

More from the exchange:

O’Reilly: You aren’t offended by management saying to their employees, ‘You can’t say Merry Christmas’?
Stossel: No. These are scared people who frightened by the left. ‘Oh, we’re going to get sued for religious discrimination,’ so…

Stossel’s new FBN show premieres Thursday night at 8pmET (and it doesn’t sound like the War on Christmas will be a focus in the coming weeks). He told the Miami Herald about the transition from ABC to FBN, and how people are “nicer to me here”:

I had a nice career there. It was a good gig,” he says of ABC. “But I had so many stories I wanted to do that they weren’t interested in. I wanted to do much more on health care, all the potential problems with getting government more involved in health care. I wanted to do another show on school choice — I had done one on schools called Stupid In America that did quite well, and I wanted to do a follow-up. But their attitude was, ‘You’ve already been there and done that.’ Fox’s attitude was, ‘We like that stuff. Do it for us.’”

Here’s the interview:

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Goldberg Slams CBS’ ‘Pathetic’ “Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman” Ads

frosty-the-inappropriate-snowmanWho would have thought that frequent O’Reilly Factor guest Bernie Goldberg and Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar would find common ground? But find common ground they did, over a raunchy snowman.

“Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman,” which is available on CBS’ website, mashes up video from the beloved children’s classic with risqué audio from CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. Goldberg described the attempt at viral hitmaking by the erstwhile Tiffany Network as “pathetic:”

From The O’Reilly Factor:

Goldberg: First of all, let’s not forget that this was the Tiffany Network that is putting Frosty the Snowman and showing his porn collection and talking about how when you have a sex dream, it’s a good thing, because you ‘can’t get her knocked up.’ That’s also in the little cartoon.

O’Reilly: And that’s dialogue from this sitcom that they lifted from the sitcom. Actual dialogue from the sitcom, and they put it in Frosty’s mouth.

Goldberg: I’m not against this on moral grounds: I don’t care about that to be perfectly honest. I’m against it because I think it’s pathetic. When a corporation tries to be ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ and says ‘look at us, look at how cool we are, we’re going to take Frosty the Snowman and have him talk about his porn collection,’ this is like some old guy going to a club, wearing tight jeans and having his baseball cap on backwards and telling some 20-year-old, ‘let’s get jiggy.’

Alternatively, in the words of Time’s James Poniewozik, “It’s like watching grandpa get a fauxhawk and try to date college girls.” Though Goldberg’s “let’s get jiggy” was a nice touch.

O’Reilly Grades Obama on GMA: “He Stabilized The Economy To Some Extent”

oreilly_12-7Bill O’Reilly stopped by Good Morning America on a special occasion for the show – the beginning of Diane Sawyer’s final week.

The Fox News host graded Pres. Obama in several areas…and graded Sawyer and GMA as well.

O’Reilly’s grades ran the gamut of the alphabet – with a ‘B’ on jobs, ‘C’ on Afghanistan and ‘D’ on health care.

Regarding jobs, O’Reilly had some positive words for the President. “It’s very, very encouraging that the unemployment rate went down, even though it is around to the Christmas/Hanukkah season,” he said. “We had chaos, and Obama stepped in and he did a lot of things that people criticized him for, but I think he stabilized the economy to some extent.”

On Afghanistan, he reiterated how much he didn’t like the speech last week at West Point, but didn’t fall into the same trap of other “ideologues” who had a problem with the deadline set. “Everybody knows that if it’s not going well at that juncture, he’s not going to pull them out,” said O’Reilly. As for health care, well O’Reilly just wants someone to explain to him the plan.

At the beginning of this morning’s show, Sawyer made the announcement it was her last week. “We wanted you to know that this is going to be my last week after 10 years here at Good Mornign America, side-by-side,” she said.

“You really are giving up your day job, finally after all this time,” joked co-anchor Robin Roberts. All week the show will use “watercooler” segments to talk about some of Sawyer’s most memorable moments on the show.

Roberts brought up the fact that Sawyer was leaving at the end of the week during her interview with O’Reilly. He gave the team a ‘B+’ “just for getting up.” But he joked: “That’s what you start with. If you do anything intelligent in three hours it bumps to the A.”

Here’s O’Reilly’s segment:

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Spoken Like A Politician: Dobbs Skirts O’Reilly On Political Plans Question

Picture 2In addition to fighting for candy canes everywhere, Bill O’Reilly used Friday’s edition of the Factor for a little sit down with ex-CNN anchor and political hopeful Lou Dobbs. Without dithering, O’Reilly mentioned Dobbs’ aspirations for either a senate run from New Jersey or even a full-scale presidential campaign, forgoing the obvious “Will you run?” question in favor of a more meaty query. Unfortunately, what he got in return was all fat — low on substance, but full of political grease.

“What would be the main thing you would want to accomplish were you elected to high office?” O’Reilly asked, fairly.

“The first thing I would want to accomplish, and I would want any candidate whom I supported to accomplish, would be to restore representation to the American people,” Dobbs responded. Note the definite vagueness implicit in the clause “…and I would want any candidate whom I supported to accomplish…” He continued to speak of a leader’s responsibility to “faithfully represent our foudning values and ideals.”

“The elites are turning a blind eye — turning their backs — to the very people who make this country work,” Dobbs continued. Then came the money moment:

“All right, so you’re gonna run as a populist guy,” O’Reilly quipped at the end of the clip. “I’m an independent,” said Dobbs with a smirk. “So am I,” said O’Reilly. So am I.

See it for yourself: