The temperature at the water cooler at The Fox News studios may be a bit icy for the next couple of days as colleague’s gossip over comments made by Bill O’Reilly, host of the prime time and top rated cable news show “The Factor” about his co-workers. As reported by the Daily Beast on June 18, 2014, O’Reilly made the comments at a sold out venue hosted by his fellow Fox colleague Geraldo Rivera, who at times is O’Reilly’s favorite sparring partner.
O’Reilly’s show “The Factor” is the top dog of all cable shows, he is a best-selling author and his signature format is “The No Spin Zone” and “The spin stops here, because we're looking out for you.” O’Reilly commands and enjoys consistent sky high ratings so if anyone could get away with labeling their peers in the Fox News family, it would be him.
The Fox family, with father and Chairman Roger Ailes at the helm does not take kindly to family members going outside the circle of trust. The fact that O’Reilly would even dare to label some of the networks anchors and not have to be escorted out of the building by security with a box full of his personal effects is a testament to his popularity.
O’Reilly went through the networks line up and said what he felt about each of them, in referring to morning host’s Bill Hemmer and Jenna Lee, O’Reilly stated “they had no ideology” and that if you watch Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy is an Obama-basher. He bashesPresident Obama like clockwork. But the other two, (referring to Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade,) they’d rather whip up a soufflé.”
O’Reilly then labeled the popular Shepard Smith as a “liberal” and even went on to management and defined Neil Cavuto, who host’s “Cavuto” as a business show, stating Cavuto is not an Obama fan. Cavuto also is a Fox News Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, as you can see, he spared no one.
O’Reilly called Greta Van Susteran a liberal, and Megyn Kelly, Fox News’s rising star as “not an ideologue.” He then crowned his favorite arch rival Sean Hannity as the” republican show.” He added that the hosts of “The Five” another show that hits a homerun in the ratings, as not liking Obama and “Special Report” host Bret Baier as not anti-Obama.
When asked by Rivera why he was so hostile to Obama, O’Reilly replied “I give him a fair shake; my job is to watch all the powerful people in the country. He’s in a rough patch right now. He’s made some major mistakes. It’s not personal, I kind of like him, along with Bill Clinton, two amazing American success stories. I think Obama is an honest man. I think he’s a good family man. I have a job to do. I don’t have an ideology ingrained in that at all. I’m like an ombudsman for ‘the folks.’” O’Reilly went on to call the president clueless, feckless, insular, indifferent to facts that contradict his lefty belief system, and otherwise incompetent.
O’Reilly then turned his scorn onto New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his handling of the George Washington Bridge scandal stating, “He’s done, Christie should have said I made a mistake. I didn’t know much about this, but I should have been paying attention to it. It’s on my watch and I’m sorry.”
O’Reilly then went after Fox’s competition on the cable circuit, stating that MSNBC has radicalized themselves and that “Al Sharpton gives me a headache.” As for CNN, O'Reilly saved his best line for Wolf Blitzer stating” he looks like a U-boat commander; you expect the periscope to come down.”
If O’Reilly has ruffled any ego’s or feathers at Fox, you can bet it will be kept in house and be smoothed over, Ailes does not air the family’s dirty laundry, the spin may stop with Bill O’Reilly but the buck stops with Roger Ailes.