Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has received some criticism on social media over his exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on Super Bowl Sunday, with some saying they wished he had been harder on the president over the scandals that have rocked his administration.
Even Glenn Beck’s radio co-host Pat Gray said Monday that he wishes O’Reilly would have come out and said to the president: “What you’re saying is just not true. It’s not Fox News’ fault. Maybe take responsibilities for your own actions, for once.”
But Beck said he thinks O’Reilly did an “amazing” job with the interview, and explained what may have been taking place behind the scenes for those who are more critical.
“I bet you there was anywhere from 10 to 20 people on the other side of the camera, all the president’s people, staring at Bill O’Reilly,” Beck said. “And just like the Seahawks came out and within the first five minutes [and] spooked the Broncos … they were doing that to Bill O’Reilly the whole time. Guarantee you.”
Beck said that O’Reilly is a strong man and it likely “didn’t bother him at all,” but that the president’s people were probably trying to “throw him off his game” in any way they could.
Beck’s analysis even included the wardrobe choice of both men. He guessed that O’Reilly had “no choice” but to wear a suit and tie to meet the president, but that someone likely told the president to take off his own tie to look more like “the common man.”
“O’Reilly has absolutely no chance, especially with a guy who has no problem looking the American people in the eye and lying to them,” Beck said, referring to Benghazi, the IRS scandal and the president’s oft-repeated line that “if you like your health care, you can keep it.”
“Lie. Lie…” Beck asserted. “Everybody knows it. It’s already been admitted. It’s a total and complete [lie.] … [But] nobody cares. So what does he have to sweat for?”
But the most important aspect to remember, Beck said, is that “you are not going to get the president on the ropes” in a 10-minute interview.
“Look, the entire White House was built to be a stage for the president to intimidate global leaders,” Beck said. “There’s no chance of Bill O’Reilly winning this. None. Bill O’Reilly did an amazing job on this.”
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