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Bill O'Reilly Hints He May Appear on 'Glee' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 25th 2011 3:15PM
On 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly was critiquing a clip of Willie Geist, Ann Curry and Jenna Bush Hager dancing on 'Today' when he made a surprising revelation.

"I was on the set of 'Glee' last night," O'Reilly disclosed. "And after seeing those professionals, and that ... pretty frightening. And I want to thank all of the 'Glee' people for being so nice to us."

O'Reilly has taken shots at 'Glee' in the past, once accusing the show of indoctrinating the nation's youth with liberal values. And 'Glee' responded with an episode featuring a newsman character who seemed to be parodying O'Reilly.

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Obama-O'Reilly Handshake: 'A Severe Power Struggle,' Says Body Language Expert (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 10th 2011 2:10PM
Barack Obama and Bill O'Reilly's handsake analyzed by body language expert.During Bill O'Reilly's pre–Super Bowl interview with Barack Obama, it was hard not to notice the two men's body language. For most of their conversation, O'Reilly was leaning forward, almost as if he were going to leap from his chair, whereas Obama sat back in his seat with his legs crossed.

Body language expert Tonya Reiman broke down the interview on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News),

"Kind of like a pounce position," was how she described O'Reilly being on the edge of his chair. Obama, on the other hand, was more closed off, according to her, because he was expecting tough questions.

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Bill O'Reilly: Leave Lindsay Lohan Alone! (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 9th 2011 3:00PM
Lindsay Lohan Bill O'ReillyLindsay Lohan is being charged with felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Los Angeles area jewelry store.

On the 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News) Bill O'Reilly leapt to the defense of the troubled actress.

"Let's be fair to Ms. Lohan, because very few people are. She says that the jewelry store loaned her the necklace, and she returned it. So why (is she) being charged with a felony?"

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Bill O'Reilly Thinks President Obama Tried to Make John Boehner Cry During State of the Union (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 31st 2011 4:55PM
During his State of the Union Address, Barack Obama complimented House Majority Leader John Boehner on overcoming his hardscrabble upbringing.

In the past, the often emotional Boehner has broken down and cried when reflecting upon how far he's come from sweeping the floor in his father's bar as a young man. Which is why on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly suspected the president's compliment may have had an ulterior motive: Getting the speaker to cry on national television.

"Boehner almost cried again in the State of the Union," O'Reilly pointed out. "I think Obama tried to make him cry, by the way."

This has got to be the kindest and gentlest conspiracy theory we've heard Fox News report on all year.

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Bret Baier Raps on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 27th 2011 7:29PM
On the Pinheads & Patriots segment of 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Bill O'Reilly played a clip of his Fox News colleague Bret Baier showing off a particular type of MC skill.

"Our pal, Bret Baier, has a very fine program at 6PM on FNC, and in his spare time, Brett's a rapper," O'Reilly said, setting up the clip.

After playing a tape of Baier enthusiastically performing the hip-hop classic "Rapper's Delight" at a charity event, O'Reilly cruelly suggested that Karl Rove -- who has also been known to rap on occasion -- was better than Baier.

However, we're reminded more of Baier's cable news time-slot rival at CNN, Wolf Blitzer, who also embraced hip-hop culture when he danced the Dougie at the Soul Train Awards a couple months ago.

In fact, in the spirit of our new political civility, we think Baier and Blitzer should go on some sort of song and dance tour together. "Blitzer and Baier" happens to have quite a nice ring to it.

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Kurt Vonnegut Once Told Bill O'Reilly 'I Don't Agree With Anything You've Ever Said' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 25th 2011 11:44PM
During a panel discussion on 'The O'Reilly Factor" (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), correspondent James Rosen quoted the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut, who, according to Rosen, once said "Americans vote for president based on which of the competing TV shows they could possibly stand to watch for the next four years."

Hearing the name Vonnegut jogged O'Reilly's memory, and he quickly produced a Vonnegut quote of his very own.

"This is absolutely true what I'm going to tell you, Rosen," O'Reilly bragged.

"Kurt Vonnegut once said to me ... quote 'I don't agree with anything you've ever said' unquote," O'Reilly recollected, sounding rather proud of himself for having once elicited such a strong response from the famed author

And if you were ever wondering what Kurt Vonnegut thought about Bill O'Reilly, that should pretty much clear it up.

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Bill O'Reilly Addresses Keith Olbermann's Departure, But Doesn't Mention Him by Name (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 25th 2011 2:20PM
Not long after going to work for MSNBC a second time in 2003, Keith Olbermann began calling Bill O'Reilly out on the air, which led to an often-vicious eight-year feud between the two cable news hosts.

On 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) Bill O'Reilly addressed Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure from MSNBC during a discussion with Bernie Goldberg.

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Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' Rivals: MSNBC Like the WWF, CNN Dusty Bores (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 21st 2011 3:00PM
During a debate on 'The Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) about whether or not politicians are heeding Barack Obama's call for civility, Bill O'Reilly managed to slam both of Fox News's cable news rivals.

"MSNBC makes a living out of making personal attacks," O'Reilly opined. "That's what the network does ... that's why it beats CNN."

"CNN is so boring, when they open their mouths dust comes out," he continued. "So (MSNBC) said 'you know, we can beat them. We're not as good at covering the news' -- MSNBC will never be as good as CNN at covering the news -- 'so we'll attack people. We'll be the World Wrestling Federation.' So that's what they did."

Allow us to tweak that anology, Bill. The way we see it, Fox News is the WWF, whereas MSNBC is more like an upstart wrestling federation -- say the WCW -- trying to match the WWF's superior ratings by ratcheting up their own outrageousness. Clearly, the only way this can end is some sort of intra-network steel-cage match.

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Bill O'Reilly Is Worried Anne Hathaway Will Ruin the Oscars (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 20th 2011 3:20PM
On 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News) Dennis Miller and Bill O'Reilly were discussing Ricky Gervais' controversial hosting of the Golden Globes, when the topic turned to Anne Hathaway, who will be co-hosting the Academy Awards with James Franco.

"I think Anne Hathaway hosting the Academy Awards is going to be brutal," O'Reilly opined. "She's going to be like Joan Rivers out there. I can't imagine."

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'O'Reilly Factor' Producer Tries to Ambush Snooki at Book Signing (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 18th 2011 4:45PM
Despite having a book to promote, 'Jersey Shore' star Snooki recently declined an invitation to appear on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News.)

In response to the snub, O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters ambushed Snooki at one of her book signings.

"O'Reilly wants to talk to you about Obamacare, Afghanistan and 'The Jersey Shore,' Watters relayed to the pint-sized dynamo, as Snooki's publicist repeatedly demanded that Watters stop bothering her client.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Tells Bill O'Reilly She Never Feels Ganged Up On at 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 12th 2011 12:10PM
Bill O'Reilly knows as well as anybody that there can be some pretty intense political arguments on 'The View.' So when he interviewed Elisabeth Hasselbeck on 'The Factor,' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) he asked her if she ever feels ganged up on, as the only conservative on the show.

"I never feel ganged up on," Hasselbeck answered immediately. "I feel it is an open forum where people are willing to hear one another, we're comfortable with one-another, there's no polite chit-chat, that's for sure, but were friends enough to have the conversation that we have."

O'Reilly didn't seem to be buying her answer, and pressed her further on what it's like to have outspoken liberals Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar always coming at her in tandem.

"I have three kids under the age of five-and-a-half," Hasselbeck explained, implying dealing with Goldberg and Behar was no big deal.

And that certainly makes sense. Screaming kids would be great preparation for a chair on 'The View.' (Or 'The O'Reilly Factor,' for that matter)

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Cable News Pundits Debate the Impact of Overheated Rhetoric in the Wake of Arizona Shooting (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 11th 2011 6:15PM
The tragic shooting in Arizona this weekend has, in recent days, spurred a debate about the impact that overheated political rhetoric is having on our society. That debate has raged for the past 48 hours on cable news, with pundits on each side of the aisle expressing a wide variety of thoughts, viewpoints and emotions on the issue. We've rounded up reactions from Bill Maher, Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart here.

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Bill O'Reilly Ribs Glenn Beck About Scaring His Children With a 'Shark-topus' Sand Sculpture (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 10th 2011 4:50PM
On his weekly segment on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News), Glenn Beck was recapping the events of his recent vacation when Bill O'Reilly showed pictures of a "shark-topus" sandcastle Beck and his kids built on the beach.

"Let me break it to you, your kids are afraid of you," O'Reilly said, ribbing Beck like he often does.

Now that Fox News' alpha dog had jumped aboard the Beck-as-a-child-frightener narrative, Beck happily continued with it, and added that his shark-topus had also scared another child on the beach.

Scaring kids on vacation ... " O'Reilly started.

"... That's what I do best," Beck finished, without missing a beat.

Someobody get these two a sitcom.

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Juan Williams Responds to the Resignation of NPR Executive Who Fired Him (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 7th 2011 3:50PM
Last year, Juan Williams was fired by NPR in the wake of remarks he made on 'The O'Reilly Factor' about how he gets nervous when he sees men in Muslim garb on a airplane.

An external investigation of Williams' firing has now resulted in the resignation of NPR senior vice president Ellen Weiss, who Williams says not only fired him, but called him a bigot and denied him the opportunity to explain his comments further.

Back on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET on Fox News,) Williams told Bill O'Reilly that Weiss leaving NPR was a "good thing."

"She was the enforcer of political correctness of liberal orthodoxy at (NPR)" Williams argued. "It was her way or the highway ... she basically enforced an inbred culture at (NPR.) Which is why I think it's such a fearful place, even today."

After being fired by NPR, Williams signed a multi-million dollar contract with Fox News, and got a deal to write a book about "the growing difficulty in America of speaking out on sensitive topics."

So while Williams still appears to be hurt by his dismissal from NPR, things have gone pretty well for him since.

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Bernie Goldberg Hopes Oprah's OWN Will Act as an Antidote to Our Culture of Cynicism (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 4th 2011 4:23PM
Appearing on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 9PM ET on Fox News) Bill O'Reilly's go-to media critic Bernie Goldberg gushed about Oprah Winfrey's new television network (OWN) and its potential to trigger positive social change.

"What (Winfrey) is trying to do with this new network is a very good thing" Goldberg said. "She wants a network with no cynicism, with no mean-spiritedness."

"I hope (Winfrey's) idealism is contagious," Goldberg said. "I hope it spreads to certain other cable channels, and I hope it spreads to the guy walking down the street yelling into his cell phones dropping F-bombs, and I hope it spreads to the dark corners of the lunatic asylum that is the World Wide Web."

Despite his effusive praise, Goldberg began the segment by saying he's never watched Winfrey and never intends to because he's "not part of her target audience." Come on Bernie, if idealism really is so contagious, don't you want to help spread that disease?

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