Fox News continues to stand behind Bill O’Reilly but news legend Bill Moyers showed us in 2008 that it is possible to take down his attack dog.
Fox News host and mega-earner Bill O’Reilly finds himself in the hot seat after several major advertisers fled his show after “disturbing” reports of inappropriate behavior and payoffs by him and Fox totaling over $13 million were revealed by a recent report by The New York Times.
According to The Wall Street Journal, O’Reilly denies any wrongdoing and states that his career in television makes him a “target,” even though he personally paid out $10 million to settle some of the claims.
For now it appears that Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, as standing behind O’Reilly as he is one of Fox’ lead draws, pulling in literally billions of dollars in ad revenue of the span of his time with the network.
As one might expect, fellow misogynist Trump is defending O’Reilly, telling the New York Times on Wednesday that: “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” he added.
Observing all this, I was reminded of the time that Bill Moyers, a class act to the end, got the very best of Bill O’Reilly’s producer proving that O’Reilly and his show are not immune from being taken down.
At the National Conference for Media Reform 2008, Fox personality Bill O’Reilly’s producer Porter Barry ambushed Moyers, peppering him with questions regarding his political affiliations and his “refusal” to appear on O’Reilly’s show.
Barry accused 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.
Continuing, they concluded:
— “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.”
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: