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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 Will Interview Obama, Craig Ferguson's 'Dr. Who' Skit to Air and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 6th 2011 6:00PM
Bill O'Reilly, Barack ObamaFootball won't be the only matchup going down on Super Bowl Sunday.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly will interview President Barack Obama during the Super Bowl pre-show on Feb. 6, the Washington Post reports.

O'Reilly and Obama last went head-to-head during the 2008 presidential campaign. Last year Katie Couric did the interview for CBS, and Matt Lauer covered it the year before for NBC.

In other TV news ...

Craig Ferguson's 'Dr. Who' cold open will finally air during tonight's 'Late Late Show.' The skit was leaked online (by Ferguson himself) because CBS couldn't clear the rights to use the theme song -- until now. [Speakeasy]

Two former 'Practice' stars will appear on David E. Kelley's new series 'Harry's Law.' Steve Harris and Camryn Manheim will appear in future episodes of the show, though they won't reprise their 'Practice' roles. [TVLine]

The new 'Charlie's Angels' reboot is giving Bosley a different look. The iconic character will now be played by a hunky actor in his late 20s to early 30s with a mischevious smile. [TV Guide]

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TVR Awards -- The 10 Most Viewed Videos of the Year

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 27th 2010 11:30AM

Take a tour through the past year of TV and relive some of the best moments the medium had to offer in our 10 Most Viewed Videos of the Year. We'd all do well to study these fan favorites and commit them to long-term memory. After all, someday our grandchildren might ask where we were when Terry Bradshaw sprang from a cake, when Helen Mirren showed up in a red bikini or when Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off their own set. Okay, maybe not. But it's nice to dream.

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TVR Awards -- 'The View's' Most Entertaining Arguments of 2010 (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 20th 2010 3:30PM

Knock-down, drag-out fights on 'The View' weren't just limited to political rivals Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck this year. No, no. The ladies of 'The View' were also quite comfortable arguing with their guests. Squabbles between Behar and Hasselbeck do figure prominently among our nominees for 'The View's' Best Arguments of 2010. But, there were also memorable altercations involving firebrand Bill O'Reilly and comedian Kathy Griffin. Watch and enjoy, since, after all, nothing's more entertaining than watching these ladies engage in a round of verbal fisticuffs. Which argument will emerge victorious as the most entertaining of the year? You be the judge.

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Sarah Palin Calls Herself a Feminist While Blasting Left-Wing Feminism (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 17th 2010 7:10PM
In an interview with Bill O'Reilly on 'The Factor' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on Fox News) Sarah Palin expressed her displeasure that left-leaning groups have "co-opted" feminism, because she believes their ideology has made women too dependent on others.

"(Most women's organizations) do not empower women, in fact they make women sometimes feel weak and incapable of taking care of themselves and their families," Palin argued. "Too many feminists today have decided that women need someone else to take care of them, and that's the most hypocritical feminist mantra that there can be."

O'Reilly then asked Palin why she considers herself a feminist.

"Because I am self-reliant and quite independent and have been lucky ... to be brought up in a community and a state where women are expected to work as hard as the men are, and even engage in the same type jobs that they are."

Given her embrace of this brand of rugged feminism, maybe Palin's slogan for any upcoming political campaigns should be "I am Mama Grizzly, hear me roar."

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Shep Smith Ruins Bill O'Reilly's Tie, Worries About His Future (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 17th 2010 10:45AM
Every night, at the end of 'The Fox Report' (weekdays, 7 PM ET on Fox News), host Shepard Smith throws it to Bill O'Reilly, whose long running political commentary show 'The Factor' follows.

On Wednesday Smith had a confession to make to cable news' ratings king.

"If you were here last night about this time, you know yesterday I kind of spilled something, and ended up stealing a tie off of O'Reilly's desk. I didn't tell him, and the plan was to return it today, but last night at dinner ... the soup seemed to like it, and it's not really cleanable," Smith explained, showing O'Reilly's stained tie to the camera.

"So if I'm not here tomorrow, somebody check with O'Reilly."

Perhaps the O'Reilly of a few years ago might have had Smith's job (or worse!) for the infraction. But these days we're pretty sure the much-mellowed O'Reilly will let Smith off with nothing more than a half-hearted 'pinhead' designation.

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Bill O'Reilly Responds to 'The View' Walk-Off and Ground Zero Debate, Says He Was Trying to 'Sell a Book' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 10th 2010 4:23AM
Bill O'Reilly Responds to 'The View' Walk-Off and Ground Zero Debate, Says He Was Trying to 'Sell a Book'Having people leave the room while you're talking is generally considered to be a bad thing. But Bill O'Reilly always tries to look on the bright side. Two months ago, back in October, O'Reilly got into an infamous yelling match during a live filming of 'The View,' which culminated in co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walking away in protest.

On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), David Letterman had this question for O'Reilly: "What the hell happened over there on 'The View'? What was going on?"

Bill said he knew Behar didn't like him, and that Whoopi's opinion of him varied. He added that he was just trying to "sell a book" during his time on the show. And he found a positive aspect to the fiasco, joking that it was the "greatest thing ever." "You know what I was thinking? ... 'I hope they all leave! Then I'll take the whole show. I'll have 45 minutes of ABC airtime.'" Well, that's one way to sell a book.

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Glenn Beck Tries to Link George Soros To WikiLeaks (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 2nd 2010 5:40PM
During Glenn Beck's weekly appearance on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News), the two Fox News hosts discussed the latest cache of WikiLeaks documents, and the organization's controversial leader Julian Assange.

So how long did it take before Beck tried to tie Assange to George Soros, who Beck has been spending the last month railing against as the nefarious 'puppet master'? Not long at all.

"Assange is a guy who loves to have just all open society," Beck said near the beginning of the segment. "Sound familiar, 'open society,' Beck repeated, before making the point that Soros is chairman of a foundation called the Open Society Institute.

Then Beck added the Assange is represented by a lawyer who also does pro-bono work for the Open Society Institute.

Per usual, O'Reilly was fairly skeptical of Beck's conspiracy theories, although the two hosts were united in their belief that Soros represents a danger to society.

Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the segment was that Beck and O'Reilly didn't have nearly as much fun pronouncing Assange's perfect super-villain last name as other cable news figures have been lately.

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Producer Al Jean Says 'The Simpsons' Will Stop Making Fun of Fox News

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 30th 2010 8:30AM

'The Simpsons' Fiox News Helicopter ParodyWriters and producers at 'The Simpsons' love nothing more than to take comedic pot-shots at the Fox network and its parent company News Corp.

However, some controversy is brewing after the show made fun of Fox News twice, but 'Simpsons' producer Al Jean says they're ready to stop. (For now.)

After a recent episode featured a Fox news chopper with the slogan "Not Racist, But #1 With Racists" on the side, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly called Matt Groening and his crew "pinheads." So this past Sunday the Fox news chopper was back, only this time the slogan read: "Unsuitable for Viewers Under 75."

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Jean said the "Unsuitable" joke was added at the last-minute because of O'Reilly's dig. "If you're calling cartoon characters 'pinheads,' what does that make you? Matt Groening wanted to do a response to O'Reilly so we slipped this in."

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Stephen Colbert Joins Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better Project' to Help Gay Teens (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 30th 2010 2:40AM
Stephen Colbert Joins Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better Project' to Help Gay TeensDan Savage is a syndicated advice columnist who writes about sex and relationships. This past year, when an Indiana teenager committed suicide, Mr. Savage decided to take action. Fifteen-year-old Billy Lucas killed himself after classmates taunted him for being gay. At around this same time, many other gay teens committed suicide due to bullying.

Following these deaths, Dan realized that most gay teens in America had no one to talk to. He felt that if he had met Billy Lucas "for just five minutes," he could have helped him.

Savage wished he could have told Billy that things would "get better." This thought inspired Savage to start the "It Gets Better Project." On 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Dan explained the project -- and asked Stephen if he would join it.

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Bill O'Reilly: 'Fox News is the Most Powerful Media Agency in the World' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 23rd 2010 5:35PM
Bill O'Reilly is easily the most watched and probably the most influential personality on Fox News. Does that make him the most powerful media figure in the world? Well, reading between the lines of what O'Reilly said on Monday's 'Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News), he just might think that he is.

"Here at Fox we have emerged, and correct me if you think I'm wrong, but I think Fox News is the most powerful media agency in the world, not just the country, but in the world," O'Reilly said to media expert Bernie Goldberg.

Goldberg disagreed, suggesting the New York Times wields more influence because it sets the agenda of the traditional broadcast networks. O'Reilly countered by arguing that "Fox News can sway public opinion much faster than the New York Times."

What do you think? Has Fox News become the world's most powerful media organization?

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Bill O'Reilly Interviews Jeff Dunham's Wooden Puppet Walter, Who Doesn't Much Care for President Obama (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 22nd 2010 4:05PM
Following the lead of his Bold and Fresh co-conspirator Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly has incorporated puppetry into his cable news program.

Friday, on 'The Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) O'Reilly interviewed ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's curmudgeonly puppet Walter on the state of the nation and president Obama.

"I have a simple philosophy, and I don't think (Obama) and I share this," the old wooden grump told O'Reilly. "If you don't love this country, I'm sorry, then get the hell out."

Apparently, Walter isn't much of a fan of Sarah Palin either, but he had only nice words for O'Reilly, who Walter complimented on making him feel "warm and fuzzy."

So while Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly are both currently spreading the puppet love, as far as we can tell it's only O'Reilly who's getting the puppet love back.

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Bill O'Reilly Challenges Ted Koppel To Point Out When He's Lied (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 16th 2010 5:43PM
In a much circulated op-ed piece published in the Washington Post, former 'Nightline' host Ted Koppel bemoaned the death of "objective" journalism, and criticizing partisan cable news channels Fox News and MSNBC as "not good for the republic."

Bill O'Reilly was one of a group cable news personalities Koppel called out in the article. O'Reilly's response to Koppel, which he delivered on 'The Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) was actually fairly measured, and at times even complimentary. But he did issue Koppel a challenge:

"Koppel names me and a bunch of other people, and said look, these guys are just lying, they're just making up facts," O'Reilly complained.

"(Koppel) couldn't give examples of me lying on the air, using an opinion not based on facts. He couldn't do it. And if he could he ought to come on here and do it and then he'd shut me up for good.

To be fair, Koppel never used the word "lying" in his op-ed. And, surely, Koppel could find examples of O'Reilly -- or anyone else who has been doing what O'Reilly's job for as long as O'Reilly's been doing it -- issuing an opinion that isn't totally "based on facts." Regardless, we'd still like to see Mr. Koppel take a seat in the No Spin Zone.

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Bill O'Reilly Uses NPR Employee Mara Liasson as Evidence of Fox News' Balance (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 9th 2010 3:52PM
Before firing Juan Williams, NPR repeatedly asked Fox News to stop identifying Williams as an NPR employee when he appeared on Fox News.

Some have argued this was because NPR -- with its perceived liberal slant -- wasn't comfortable with Fox News using NPR's brand to advance Fox News's "Fair and Balanced" slogan.

Mara Liasson is another prominent NPR employee who still appears regularly on Fox. On "The O'Reilly Factor," (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) Bill O'Reilly highlighted her as a left-wing voice on the cable news network.

"Some far-left loons define the Fox News channel as a network in business to promote the Republican party," O'Reilly said. "That of course is nonsense, listen to Fox News analyst Mara Liasson yesterday."

Then O'Reilly played a clip of Liasson, on Fox News, comparing soon-to-be former House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi to sainted British statesman Winston Churchill.

"You know, you hear the propaganda that Fox News is the tank for Republicans and it's GOP all the time, and then you have Liasson, who has a pretty big platform on this network, say that," O'Reilly continued. "We foster that kind of discussion . . . unlike our competition."

The competition being, of course, MSNBC.

No word on whether Roger Ailes gives his anchors a cash bonus when they're able to seamlessly needle NPR and slam MSNBC in the same segment, but we're pretty sure O'Reilly at least got some high-fives backstage.

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