Bill O'Reilly Is on the Ropes: Tries to Defend His Harassment Machine
Yesterday, Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly defended his top henchman, producer Jesse Watters, who is supposedly Ã¢â‚¬Å“the subject of far-left angst, because he goes out and talks to the bad guys.Ã¢â‚¬Â During his conversation with Amanda Carpenter of the Washington Times Ã¢â‚¬â€ who agreed with everything the Fox News host was saying Ã¢â‚¬â€ OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly defended his Ã¢â‚¬Å“ambush journalismÃ¢â‚¬Â as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“legitimate brand of journalismÃ¢â‚¬Â:
OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â„¢60Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s when the bad guys wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t comment, when they run and hide.
Actual journalists disagree with OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly. While heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ also a victim of an OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly ambush earlier this year Ã¢â‚¬â€ who said that what OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly does is nothing more than Ã¢â‚¬Å“fake journalismÃ¢â‚¬Â: