“you can’t be disrespectful”

Ryan Witt (Examiner.com): …. O’Reilly continually cut off the President in order to ask another question, redirect the interview, or simply make a statement. To many, O’Reilly’s actions were disrespectful to Obama and, more importantly, the office of President of the United States…..

…O’Reilly interrupted the President a total 22 times in a 15 minute interview. Many times O’Reilly did not interrupt to ask another question, but instead to insert a statement of his own. For instance, at one point after President Obama was explaining the justification behind the individual mandate in health care reform, O’Reilly stated “but you understand that a lot of Americans feel that you are a big government liberal who wants to intrude on their personal freedom.”  When President Obama tried to respond to that statement O’Reilly quickly cut him off again.

On average President Obama was given just 26 seconds to answer every question from O’Reilly. The maximum amount of time the President had to answer any question was 51 seconds. Often the President would be cut off within the first ten seconds of his answer … he asked the President whether he has changed since being elected … after Obama reflected for a second and began to answer O’Reilly interrupted after ten seconds to tell the President how others think he has changed.

…regardless of the party affiliation of the President or interviewer, the real question is  whether we really want to limit the Commander-in-Chief to a less than one minute response on the most important international crisis of the day. O’Reilly certainly did not interrupt former President Bush as often in a recent interview from last November.


The Hill: It was “completely inappropriate” for Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly to ask President Obama about the people who “hate” him, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday.

Pelosi said O’Reilly’s question, during an interview before Sunday’s Super Bowl, made her wince upon hearing it again on Monday.

“Just seeing it again … I thought was a completely inappropriate question, of course beautifully handled by the president,” Pelosi told host Gayle King on the Oprah Radio network.

“To hear this used in the presence of the president of the United States — I think we all have to recognize that while we disagree with people, and may think that they are wrong,” the word “hate” should never be used, Pelosi said.


Susan Milligan (USNews.com): Bill O’Reilly asked a very revealing question of President Obama during his pre-Super Bowl interview with the chief executive. But the revelation was about O’Reilly and modern media, and not the subject of the interview.

“Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?” Fox’s O’Reilly asked Obama.

….O’Reilly seemed almost disappointed by the answers — what did he expect, to make Obama cry? — but the exchanges, while saying little about the president’s real or imagined internal angst, said a great deal about the role of the media in exacerbating a hostile political environment. O’Reilly knows that. He is surely aware that people hate him (or more likely, hate what he says and represents), but I doubt it bothers him … it’s maddening to flame-throwers when their target doesn’t fight fire with more fire … he had to placate his viewers by presenting the nation as one divided between people who hate the president and those who don’t.

…. Obama’s behavior indicates he is unwilling to engage in petty political food fights, instead choosing to just do his job. The media might consider following suit.

11 Responses to ““you can’t be disrespectful””

  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    February 7, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I posted this on my face book and their mail box is full. I will resend my letter until it goes thru.
    Do Something! Watch This ! “You can’t be disrespectful”
    Fox News Channel
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    Do Something!

  2. 4 Hachikō
    February 7, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Sorry, but I refuse to watch Fox propaganda. I especially refuse to watch that hog. It’s a set up so he can later claim he wasn’t disrespectful to the President in his interview. Classic O’liely: what I say and what I do have no connection with each other. I operate outside my own code of ethics/behavior I preach on my show.

    He’s done this before, you know. This isn’t the first time he’s interviewed Obama, and he was just as disrespectful then. I watched it, so when I heard the Prez was going on his show again, I resolved not to watch it, cuz I knew how the hog would behave towards him.


  3. 5 Audrey
    February 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Well what do you know?! It really, really does pay to misinform, witch hunt, destroy and incite!
    AOL just bought Huffington Post for $350 million. Arianna gets to stay (at least for now) to oversee the anti Obama propaganda machine and just in time for the 2012 elections.

  4. 7 Christianne
    February 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Arianna Huffington is a fraud. The fact that she represents the ”left” drives me nuts. Anti-Obama all the time. I’m so tired to see her on tv.
    O’Reilly is a bully. I never forgot that clip that went viral of him screaming at the top of his lungs ”we’ll do it live, we’ll do it live”….what a controlling jerk.
    He was very disrespectful of the president in that so called interview… but the president was his usual self, graceful, intelligent, respectful.

    • 8 Dorothy Rissman
      February 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

      If you already know this, forgive me. I read an article in Cosmo(?) recently which reported that the blog was designed to support Hillary. Lots of Hollywood types were involved. Actors included.

      The article was focused on two men, I have forgotten their names, who are suing her for not acknowledging their involvement in the site’s founding. They have tried to reason with her highness, but she said no way. I owe you nothing. Arianna said sue me and they are.

      I wonder how that will work in this new buy out of her site? By the way, good morning everyone.

  5. 9 VC prezOfan2
    February 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I haven’t a clue about Arianna because I don’t frequent her site and I don’t watch TV, but maybe she said ‘sue me’ because she knew the site would be bought??? Nah, $350 is still a lot, VC.

  6. 10 tsetse
    February 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Oh How i am going to miss Keith Olbermann to night to disect Bill O’Liely sorry O’Reily interview with the president.

  7. 11 barb
    February 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    O’Reilly was just being himself. He is a hatemonger and I love the way the President turned it back on him that O’Reilly has people that hate him, but they don’t know him.”

    Tomorrow we get to see what Keith Olbermann is rolling out tomorrow. Ummmmmm, can’t ever guess. I hope it is something he really likes.

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