Bill O'Reilly Is on the Ropes: Tries to Defend His Harassment Machine


Yesterday, Bill O’Reilly defended his top henchman, producer JesseWatters, who is supposedly “the subject of far-left angst, because he goes out and talks to the bad guys.� During his conversation with Amanda Carpenter of the Washington Times � who agreed with everything the Fox News host was saying � O’Reilly defended his “ambush journalism� as a “legitimate brand of journalism�:

O’REILLY: Now the far-left websites fear greatly the vicious guy Jesse Watters. And Jesse Watters is now the subject of far-left angst, because he goes out and talks to the bad guys. Tell us about that.

This, of course, a legitimate brand of journalism, has been practiced ever since television news was invented in the ’60’s when the bad guys won’t comment, when they run and hide.

Watch it:

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Actual journalists disagree with O’Reilly. While he’s right that man-on-the-street interviews have been around for a long time, Fox has taken them to a whole new level. ThinkProgress recently contacted Columbia Journalism Review editor in chief Mike Hoyt � also a victim of an O’Reilly ambush earlier this year � who said that what O’Reilly does is nothing more than “fake journalism�:

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