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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


O'Reilly is a thug

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, January 08, 2008 permalink View blog reactions
The sense of entitlement that this oaf wears so proudly is just baffling to me. Apparently O'Reilly decided that he had a right to speak to Obama and no one would stand in his way. OOPS!

A Secret Service agent, center, intervened after Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, shoved Marvin Nicholson, the national trip director for the Obama campaign. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

A Secret Service agent, center, intervened after Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, shoved Marvin Nicholson, the national trip director for the Obama campaign. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

From the NYT article:

NASHUA, N.H. – After a rally for Senator Barack Obama here today, a brief tussle ensued between Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and a campaign aide for Mr. Obama, which created enough of a stir for the Secret Service to get involved.

Mr. O’Reilly, who had attended a campaign event earlier for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, sought to get Mr. Obama’s attention along a rope line. With cameras rolling, Mr. O’Reilly was trying to shout a question to Mr. Obama. But according to a photographer who witnessed the scene, Mr. O’Reilly grew agitated when he couldn’t get close to the senator.

“Move,” he shouted to Marvin Nicholson, the national trip director for the Obama campaign, according to witnesses.

Photographs of the incident show that Secret Service agents intervened after Mr. O’Reilly pushed Mr. Nicholson.

The spin from the supposedly No-Spin Zone?

O’Reilly: Some guy comes over, he’s about six foot eight according to the press reports and he stands in front of the Factor camera. So I asked him fairly nicely, “you’re blocking our shot sir, you need to move a little bit.

…so I had to gently remove him from that position. No scuffle, I just moved him from the spot.. I might have called him an SOB, that’s possible, nothing more than that. No one on this earth is going block a shot on the O’Reilly Factor. It is not going to happen.

judge for yourself - it's on video:

Obama did end up speaking to Princess after all. I'm sure that Obama's going to regret that.



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