O’Reilly Gets Obama Before the Super Bowl…

Mediaite’s Colby Hall writes that Bill O’Reilly will be interviewing Barack Obama before the Super Bowl…

Sources tell Mediaite that Bill O’Reilly has landed an exclusive pre-game interview with President Barack Obama scheduled to air on the Fox Broadcasting Channel before the Super Bowl.

This is a really big deal for O’Reilly. A presidential interview on broadcast TV before the Super Bowl? You can’t get more mainstream than that.

44 Responses to “O’Reilly Gets Obama Before the Super Bowl…”

  1. Huge get by O’Reilly. And for Fox News. The same network that a year ago the White House wanted to drive out of business.

    The “professional left” – and the amateurs too – won’t like this a bit. Not one bit.

    The White House will have to reward MSNBC too with something. He can’t just do Fox.

  2. MSNBC bashed the hell out of him last year. He doesn’t owe them diddly.

  3. imnotblue Says:

    A lot of eyeballs… but not a lot of listening. This will be good publicity, but I can’t imagine people really “watching” it until a day or two later.

  4. savefarris Says:

    “The same network that a year ago the White House wanted to drive out of business.”

    “Wanted”? I’m pretty sure they still do.

  5. What is this “Super Bowl”..?

  6. lonestar77 Says:

    This is huge for O’Reilly. I wonder how the kos folks are handling this? And Olby? Whoa. I’d hate to get in his way today. I bet he’s gonna step up the O’Reilly attacks. There’s sure to be something nasty like the O’Reilly was abused by his father thing from last year.

  7. mlong5000 Says:

    KO and the Kos kids will hate it…..but they can’t say O’Reilly won’t be fair to Obama he’s proven he can do a ‘”Fair and Balance” interview with him..which is why he’s giving the interview to begin with…..man but KO is going to be p*ssed. LOL!!!

  8. Especially since this is a cable news blog, I think you all are burying the lead. Bill O’s interview of the president is to be aired on the Fox Broadcast Network. Seems to me that I’ve been seeing FNC talent during Fox local broadcasts and on network specials far more over the past year than I ever have before.

    This is Fox doing something CNN can’t do.

  9. I think you all are burying the lead. Bill O’s interview of the president is to be aired on the Fox Broadcast Network.

    Exactly. A cable news guy after the Super Bowl (whatever that is) is a Bog F***** Deal.

  10. I am taking the position that there is no Super Bowl until Cleveland gets in. Dare say, this probably means that there will never be a Super Bowl for me. 🙂

  11. Bill O’s interview of the president is to be aired on the Fox Broadcast Network.

    Ugh, I completely missed that. Thought it was FNC.

    I’d make a lousy doctor. Right kidney, left kidney, left lung, right lung, so I took out the wrong one. What’s the difference?

  12. What’s the difference?”
    That’d make you a mediocre doctor. Eh, give ’em half off the bill and a couple aspirins. Always remember: Half of all docs finished medical school in the bottom half of their class.

  13. I see this as a really smart move by the POTUS.

    1) Billo will be tough, but on his best behavior, as he won’t want to appear hectoring a President who still has a lot (50%) of job approval.

    2) Obama is at his best when dealing with a tough questions from a determined opposition; think about his appearance awhile back at the Republican retreat, it wasn’t pretty.

    3) It’s on Fox Broadcast, not FNC, for mostly a sports crowd who will be interested in what his has to say about the game and not his views on taxes.

    I see it as a possible home run for the POTUS; but who knows he may get stumped by Billo. I just don’t expect it to happen.

  14. The president will do fine. It isn’t his first O’Reilly interview and O’Reilly, while often obnoxious, is usually fair. And this will be replayed on FNC many times. Small portions of the interview will likely appear on competing networks, as well.

  15. starbroker Says:

    I’d rather have the politics taken out of the stupid pre-game. I don’t care if its been done in the past.

    Thankfully, I missed these two interviews the past two years:
    The president was interviewed by CBS’ Katie Couric during the Super Bowl XLIV pregame show in 2010 and by NBC’s Matt Lauer before Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. . (LA Times)

    They’ve shown Chris Wallace how much they think of his Sunday morning political on Fox. Doesn’t the Factor already have high enough ratings? Chris could use the help.

    I’d rather they let Lou Dobbs or Cavuto go after him. That would make far more sense than Bill O. Finally, give some promotional support to Fox Business Network. Obama was repudiated over the economy. Let one of the guys from the channel.. the power to prosper =).

    If not Fox Business, then Greg Gutfeld. Now that could be funny.

    Of course Fox will blow all the surrounding activities. Heck, I’d have a special edition of Red Eye on every night (primetime) and air it on FX or Fox Sports Net and have various former players etc. Shoot it down in Dallas.

    There’s alot of great things they could end up doing but won’t because…. that’s how they roll.

  16. Of course..Star has to throw in the completely asinine concept that Fox Broadcast would ever consider sticking an FBN program behind the Super Bowl. Delusional, this one.

  17. Fox already promotes all of its shows on all of its networks. Just count how many ads there are for National Geographic Channel programmes on Fox News. And the FBN team are on the local Fox affiliates all the time already. During Superbowl? Dumb.

  18. Fox already promotes all of its shows on all of its networks.

    Ugh. The same American Idol ad ALL DAY. “That was SO good!” Kid Rock was right..Steven Tyler cashed in his rock ‘n’ roll chips. I’m boycotting Aerosmith.

  19. starbroker Says:

    Clueless Joe at it again:
    Star has to throw in the completely asinine concept that Fox Broadcast would ever consider sticking an FBN program behind the Super Bowl.>

    No, I was talking about pre-game instead of the Bill O interview, I said Cavuto or Dobbs.

    Glee is airing after the Super Bowl you twit!

  20. I don’t give a flying fart whether it’s pre- or post-game. It’s still ludicrous to use a thread about Bill-O interviewing the President to promote your precious, Tea-Party-orgasmic, pile of crap business channel. FBN sucks..nobody cares.

  21. starbroker Says:

    For starters Clueless Joe, I brought up Chris Wallace but of course that went right over your sub 100 IQ brain of yours.

    Also, make a compelling case for why Bill O needs to do the interview?

    Does FNC need the publicity? Does the Factor need the exposure? Is Bill an expert on the most important issue of the day–the economy/business?

    With your brain are you sure you don’t work at CNN? You could drive down the ratings just as well as anyone over there with the way you think.

    Cavuto could do an interview all on the economy/jobs/deficit etc. Cavuto could be out there promoting FBN and FNC. It would make far more sense to get the $5M or so worth of extra publicity to benefit Fox Business Network (and to a lesser extent FNC) than FNC.

    But then of course NewsCorp is showing their stupidity with GLEE after the SB. Oh boy. Just what straight males want to turn in to see. They should take the opportunity to promote a new show or struggling show. Give Human Target a chance or something else. But noooooo..

  22. starbroker Says:

    I should have said this earlier…but if Fox wanted to promote Glee, they should have let them do the HALFTIME show. Or given them a bunch of pre-game music time.

    I don’t know any straight guys that like the B.E.P.’s

    If they didn’t want to promote GLEE at halftime that way, then why the heck didn’t they do a showcase of various Idol winners/runners up.

    Carrie Underwood and a several others joined by Steven Tyler and JLO. Belt out some Aerosmith etc.

    Its like the guys running the SuperBowl are the same ones who have run FIM in the dirt.

  23. make a compelling case for why Bill O needs to do the interview?

    Because Bill O’Reilly secured the interview with the president. Fox News didn’t, News Corp didn’t, and Wallace, didn’t. YOu think Roger Ailes can just call-up the White House and tell the POTUS that his interview will be conducted by _____ ? That’s not how it works.

  24. Bill O’Reilly is popular with men; entertaining; and he and Obama together are even more so. Bill is so strong on FNC that he’s bordering on becoming a mainstream figure that no one connects to a niche like cable news..but is just considered “O’Reilly”. This is the next step in NewsCorp’s move to make Fox News on par with the broadcast networks.

    It’s a brilliant move. In this sattelite/DVR age, no one recognizes the difference between “broadcast” and “cable”. It’s all “channels in a guide.” Fox News is becoming a channel in a guide as important as ABC, NBC and CBS, and possibly MORE than Fox Broadcast. Fox Broadcast is still a choppy combination of syndicated shows and originals..with no news presence. FNC has a much stronger identity. This is a almost a sneaky way for Fox to make it appear that the Super Bowl is on the flagship of NewsCorp, Fox News Channel.

  25. Well..yeah..what Al said, too. He’s a jerk.

  26. Super Bowl trivia: Look out your window during the game and count the motorcycles and bicycles. No cars on the road..best riding day of the year. But for God’s sake get home before the store run after the game..

  27. starbroker Says:

    Of course in Al’s mind and Clueless Joe’s they act like this was just something done by Bill O and it hasn’t become a REGULAR thing for Obama to do.

    The president was interviewed by CBS’ Katie Couric during the Super Bowl XLIV pregame show in 2010 and by NBC’s Matt Lauer before Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. . (LA Times)

    Did ya miss this from before?

    And who at Fox said Bill could have the SB interview? Do you just think they TOOK IT UPON THEMSELVES to say, oh yes Obama, we can air the interview on the SB pre-game. LOL

    Get a clue you two!!

    Or stick to what you know– flipping burgers and leave the rest to those of us who DO HAVE A CLUE!

  28. Mmm, burgers. Lovin’ the Shoeless Joe reference, btw. If I gave a damn about baseball (snooze), I might know (or care) who that is.

  29. All one-on-one presidential interviews are by negotiation. The president is under no obligation to grant a superbowl interview every year and his staff could easily have insisted on someone else if they wanted. It’s a good opportunity for the president and it’s a good get for Fox.

    Now, is starbroker always such a miserable bloke or did he get out the wrong side of the bed this morning? Or out from under it, I suppose.

  30. lonestar77 Says:

    Joe, Joe, Joe. No love for baseball? You really are a European socialist, huh? You prolly DVR the Tour de France. 🙂

  31. You prolly DVR the Tour de France.

    Yeah..a buncha freaks on steroids. Um..no. But I do like that fancy European Formula One car racing. Comin’ to Austin, dontcha know. See ya there, mate!

  32. Just a little side note to Starbroker’s arrogant rants filled with name-calling: I always confused “Starbroker” and “lonestar” thinking they are one in the same. So I may have treated lonestar worse than they deserve.

    Now that I see who’s who, it’s pretty clear which one is more mature. I was actually pretty happy to agree on a few topics with lonestar lately. As much as I disagree with conservatives, I feel proud to find a common ground, as well.

    Sorry to be off-topic. 🙂

  33. missy5537 Says:

    Maybe Billo is just looking for material for another “Pinheads and Patriots” book? (not really, but it may be a result).

    I have not read the first, but believe a large part of it had to do w/0bama and his “pinheadisms”, plus includes the interview that BOR did with him prior to the election. Of course, that interview highly contradicts his actions in office.

  34. Obama is starting his 2012 campaign and he knows the demographics of the people that watch O’Reilly and it’s not just conservatives. His Hawaiian vacation was his come to Jesus moment for him about who he needs to court to get re-elected. Billo seems to fit the bill for that situation. There will be no more talk about about how Fox is not a news station from anyone in the administration for the next two years.

  35. meggielou Says:

    Joe, my dear friend: Shoeless Joe Jackson was a great baseball player who was [unjustly, but I won’t get into that here] accused of participating in “fixing” the World Series of 1919 (no, I wasn’t around then). He was subsequently banned from professional baseball after the 1920 season. The last – and infamous – team he was on was the Chicago White Sox. The scandal is commonly known as the “Black Sox Scandal”.
    Fred: I feel your pain – I’m a Panthers fan and Andrew Luck just devastated all of us yesterday with his announcement that he is going to stay in school (how dare he!!!)
    Finally, Starbroker: the points that you are trying to make are diluted when you use rude language and name-calling. Civil – well, mostly – discussion/disagreement/debate (and Laura’s one-liners) are what draws most of us to this blog.

    Oh, and I am in complete agreement that the interview with the Prez is a huge “get” for O’Reilly; however, I am not very optimistic about much changing as far as tone and conduct in Washington. I hope that I will be proved wrong.

  36. “Obama is starting his 2012 campaign and he knows the demographics of the people that watch O’Reilly and it’s not just conservatives.”

    For the most part these aren’t Billo’s viewers. It’s the SB pregame and much of the audience will not know BO from KO; in fact they would be more familiar with KO because of his sports background.

    Billo’s choice is the obvious one for the POTUS to make as he will be mostly interested in making the interview about Billo. Therefore he will not want to appear to be badgering Obama but rather show how clever he is himself and how big a star he is in the FOX galaxy.

    It’s always about Bill; all the time.

    I expect Obama will feed Bill’s ego and make his points pretty effortlessly.

    A much tougher interview for BO would be Rachael Maddow or Lawrence O’Donnell. Maddow because she will ask the questions he won’t want to answer and LOD because he knows how the government really works.

  37. lonestar77 Says:

    You moving to Austin or just visiting, Joe? I’d venture to say you may not be liberal enough for that crowd.

    No worries, ProgLib. I try not to name-call but we all have our moments.

  38. Just visiting, LS, but I’m not worried; I’ve heard Austin is a pretty hip town. Besides, I like talking to conservatives. Plus, they’re gonna need somebody to explain cars that turn right..

    My dear Meggie, I was just busting Star’s easily busted chops. I actually do know who Shoeless Joe was..but baseball (speaking of steroids) is still boring. Maybe if I had a higher IQ I would like it. 😉

  39. ProgLib, Lonestar and Starbroker are definitely not the same. I rarey agree with LS, but he’s a likable sort who will carry on an actual conversation. Star is a PR hack for FBN without the IQ for one.

  40. ‘rarey’, ‘rarely’…you say tomato, I say tuhmahto..

  41. — Civil – well, mostly – —

    Civility is for wuss..oh, sorry.. 😉

  42. lonestar77 Says:

    That was my point, Joe. If you like talking to conservatives, you ain’t gonna find many in Austin. Austin is San Francisco set in Texas. There’s a reason people walk around with “keep Austin weird” t-shirts. There’s lots of fun to be had there, though. Just bring your bong and your “George Bush is Hitler” buttons and you’ll fit in just fine.

    Well, off on vacation for a week…y’all have fun.

  43. I’d venture to say you may not be liberal enough for that crowd.

    That’s what I get for posting before my first cup of coffee. I completely missed this. Have a good vacation; don’t forget to write.

  44. Is Austin, TX, really that similar to SF? Like as in a big liberal population, or what?

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