September 05, 2008

O'Reilly and Obama

Bill O'Reilly had Barack Obama on his show last night, in a heavily-anticipated first appearance on the "Factor" for the Democratic nominee for president.

Now, O'Reilly has been going on for months about Obama not having yet appeared on the show. In the past, he has stated numerous times that the reason Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential election was that he never went on the Factor. So, once he got Obama to come on the show I assumed the interview would take up the full hour, and likely earn a high rating leading into the McCain speech.

Apparently not. O'Reilly has instead chopped the interview into multiple segments to run over several days, the first of which began about 40 minutes into the show. I know this is Fox and all, but come on- why not run the interview all at once?

As for the interview itself, I thought Obama handled O'Reilly much better than most people do, although they did spend the majority of the 20 minutes interrupting each other. Then again, O'Reilly's long-anticipated interviews tend to fizzle- remember when he went on Colbert?

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 5, 2008 04:56 PM
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