In the email segment of The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday, Bill O’Reilly attempted to prove that the Fox News channel is “fair and balanced” in response to an audience member who was upset that Fox occasionally gives a forum to liberals, who he deems to be “smug” and wants off the air.
“Well, look, ‘fair and balanced’ is the Fox News motto, Ed,” O’Reilly said with his trademark smugness. “If the liberal view were not represented we would be liars, so that’s ridiculous.”
He arrogantly went on to ask his guest Heather Nauert if she knew what the ratio of liberals to conservatives was on the channel — big mistake.
“So we have 19 left leaning contributors, that would include the likes of,” Nauert began.
She was interrupted by O’Reilly who inquired, “out of how many?” — Second mistake.
“Out of quite a lot,” Nauert continued. “But a lot of our contributors are military contributors…so we’re just talking about the political ones.”
The Fox website lists 175 regular on air personalities, meaning that out of 175, 156 hold a conservative ideology for a ratio of 8.2 to 1 in favor of the conservative viewpoint, which Bill believes is a much better ratio than any other network.
Nauert, apparently better able to see the imbalance than O’Reilly, went on to note that they also occasionally have on unpaid guests who lean left.
O’Reilly remained blind to the fact that he had just demonstrated that the channel is anything but fair and balanced:
“Okay, so we are fairly, in our commentary, balanced. We have much more on the left than say…um…I don’t know, I’m trying to think, you know CNN, I don’t know, but 19. Okay? That’s the number.”