Bill Moyers, a class act to the last, turned tables on this O’Reilly stooge and gave him a little taste of the FOX News-style ambush journalism.
At the National Conference for Media Reform 2008 Fox personality Bill O’Reilly’s producer Porter Barry ambushed Bill Moyers to pepper him with questions regarding his political affiliations and his “refusal” to appear on O’Reilly’s show.
Barry accused Bill Moyers of not “having the courage” to come on the O’Reilly Factor.
Bill Moyers replied, “I will come on Bill O’Reilly’s show after he accepts my invitation to come on my show, unedited, a whole hour.”
“I’ll give him a whole hour,” he continued, adding: “but let’s see if that message gets on the air.”
Bill Moyers makes Barry look like the fool he is; and the best part is that other journalists, including Uptake political correspondent Noah Kunin, were on hand to film the entire incident as O’Reilly always edits them to pieces in an attempt to make others look ridiculous.
True to form, as Think Progress reported at the time, O’Reilly only played a small segment of the incident the following Monday and used the clip as an opportunity to launch an attack on Moyers.
Unsurprisingly, O’Reilly chose to air only a tiny portion of the ambush on his show Monday night. He praised Barry’s performance, saying “he handled himself well.” O’Reilly’s “body language expert,” Tonya Reiman, agreed, saying that Barry “handled himself beautifully.” Unsurprisingly, O’Reilly used the segment to launch personal attacks on Moyers.
— “Now, it doesn’t matter what he says. It’s just pure rank propaganda.”
— “Isn’t that rude? No, really?”
— “Look, he’s a real fanatic, this Moyers. He’s like a crazy guy.”
— “Moyers is scary.”
**You can watch what happens when another Bill O’Reilly stooge gets shut down by clicking here – this time by Bernie Sanders in September 2015.
Here is one angle of the encounter from YouTube user, Fighting Bob Fest:
You can watch Kunin’s raw video, below, taken from a completely different angle:
- PORTER BARRY: Tell you what, here’s a great idea. Next time there’s one of these left-wing conferences, you can stay in New York, you can come on with Bill, and you can help out the environment, because you won’t have to fly all the way to Minneapolis. You guys can chat about all of this stuff. Actually, a few people will see it.
- BILL MOYERS: You don’t have the courage to ask Rupert Murdoch, when are we going to get $20-a-barrel oil —-
- BARRY: I’m inviting you to come on and talk to Bill about that.
- MOYERS: —- that he said was the purpose of the — no, no, no. When —- you’re evading my question. That’s not going to show up -—
- BARRY: I’m not — I don’t speak for Rupert Murdoch.
- MOYERS: Yes, you do. Everybody —-
- BARRY: Of course, I don’t.
- MOYERS: There’s one mindset in the Murdoch empire. And when Rupert Murdoch turned the dogs of war loose in the part of his -—
- BARRY: Why don’t you come talk to Bill about it?
- MOYERS: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute — to support the Iraq war, Rupert Murdoch said the best thing that will come out of the Iraq war will be gasoline at $20 a barrel. Now, today, when I came here, I looked, and it was $130-something. When is Rupert going to explain why the war didn’t give us $20-a-barrel oil?
- BARRY: How many times do you want me to invite you to come onto our program and talk about it?
- MOYERS: How many — well, I’m —-
- BARRY: You’re preaching to the choir here. You’ve got all of your minions.
- MOYERS: You’re the choir?
- BARRY: No, I’m not the choir.
- MOYERS: Oh.
- BARRY: No, I’m hear to talk -— you’ve got to have a little balance here.
- MOYERS: By the way, the last —-
- BARRY: You’ve got to have somebody to challenge you over this.
- MOYERS: The last time you ambushed me, I asked you when was Bill going to come and talk to us about his sex scandal.
- BARRY: I don’t know what you’re talking about. That’s why -— that’s why — I have no idea what you’re talking about. That’s not true. You and I had a nice conversation in Washington, D.C. It was perfectly polite.
- MOYERS: No, no. No, no.
- BARRY: And you tried to — you tried to —-
- MOYERS: No, no. And I said to one of your colleagues, I want to -—
- BARRY: No.
- MOYERS: When is Bill going to come and talk —-
- BARRY: You and I had a nice conversation, and we played the whole thing on the air. Don’t -— don’t — don’t spin, Mr. Moyers. Come on. Don’t do that.
- MOYERS: Hey there, how are you, Bob? No, when is Rupert Murdoch going to explain that we’re going to get $20-a-barrel oil from the war he helped to enable?
- BARRY: Mr. Moyers —-
- MOYERS: When? You represent a media empire that has one mentality, and so don’t tell me you don’t speak for Rupert Murdoch. Everybody at Fox carries out Rupert Murdoch’s instruction.
- BARRY: Mr. Moyers, I am here to see what you’re doing in and around at this conference -—
- MOYERS: And Rupert Murdoch said that before —-
- BARRY: And if you’d like to talk to Bill about that, why don’t you come on and talk to him about it?
- MOYERS: —- before – before 4,000 American soldiers died, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, a country wrecked and ruined, and the cost adding up to billions of dollars, Rupert Murdoch said the best thing that will come from this war is oil at $20 a barrel. Now, when are you going to ask him? When? You work for him. You do a news show. Don’t you ever don’t you ever want to do news about Rupert Murdoch? Ask Rupert Murdoch, when are we going to get —
- MOYERS: —- news about Rupert Murdoch? Ask Rupert Murdoch, when are we going to get the $20-a-barrel oil that he said would come from the war in Iraq?
- BARRY: Mr. Moyers, you’ve made that point, like fifteen times. Do you want to come on and talk to Bill about it? Do you want — here is your golden opportunity —-
- MOYERS: When Rupert Murdoch -—
- BARRY: — to address this issue.
- MOYERS: When Rupert Murdoch —-
- BARRY: Why don’t you come on and talk to O’Reilly about it?
- MOYERS: When Rupert Murdoch goes on O’Reilly and explains when are we going to get the $20-a-barrel oil that Rupert Murdoch promised.
- BARRY: I don’t know what you’re talking about, Mr. Moyers. This isn’t about Mr. Moyers.
- MOYERS: You don’t know?
- BARRY: I mean, it’s not about Mr. Murdoch.
- MOYERS: It is. No, no.
- BARRY: This is about you coming on and talking to O’Reilly.
- MOYERS: No, I said -— I said —-
- BARRY: You come, you preach to the choir, you send all of -— I mean, you’ve got a whole crowd here —-
- MOYERS: Let me hear you say -—
- BARRY: You’ve got your 3,000 people who come here. Why don’t you come onto O’Reilly’s show? You can address this issue, and instead of —-
- MOYERS: No, no, no. Bill O’Reilly -—
- BARRY: — fifteen people here, a couple thousand people in an auditorium, there’ll be an audience.
- MOYERS: Bill O’Reilly should ask Rupert Murdoch on his show why Rupert Murdoch said we’d get $20-a-barrel oil from the war in Iraq.
- BARRY: I got it. I got it.
- MOYERS: Now, wait a minute — you got it? OK, you call me and tell me what the answer is. You go back and talk —-
- BARRY: No, no, no. What you -—
- MOYERS: You go back and —-
- BARRY: Why don’t you come on and talk to Bill about it? It’ll be great.
- MOYERS: You go back -— because I can’t speak to Rupert Murdoch. You can.
- BARRY: I don’t speak for Rupert Murdoch.
- MOYERS: What are you doing here, then?
- BARRY: You know, I mean, Come on! I work on The O’Reilly Factor. You know that.
- MOYERS: And you know who he works for, don’t you?
- BARRY: You work for PBS.
- MOYERS: No, no.
- BARRY: Do you speak to President Bush?
- MOYERS: No, I don’t work —-
- BARRY: I mean, I don’t understand your point.
- MOYERS: I don’t work for PBS. Wait a minute, I don’t work for PBS. I’m an independent journalist.
- BARRY: Right, who works on PBS.
- MOYERS: I produce -—
- BARRY: Right.
- MOYERS: — but I don’t work for PBS.
- BARRY: You don’t work for PBS— OK.
- MOYERS: Wait a minute. Does Bill O’Reilly work for Rupert Murdoch?
- BARRY: He works for Fox News.
- MOYERS: But who owns Fox News?
- BARRY: News Corp.
- MOYERS: And then, who owns News Corp.?
- BARRY: It’s a publicly —-
- MOYERS: Oh, come on, now. Don’t play games. Who owns it? When do you stop?
- BARRY: It’s the shareholders, and Rupert Murdoch’s the boss.
- MOYERS: Oh, great. Thank you.
- BARRY: Listen, I’m not here for News Corp. I understand that.
- MOYERS: Rupert Murdoch is the boss. Rupert Murdoch turned the dogs of war loose in the corridors.