Geraldo Rivera called out Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, saying his interview with the President Obama on Super Bowl Sunday was “disrespectful.” This is the same interview in which it has been repeatedly noted that O’Reilly interrupted the president a staggering 42 times.
Rivera confronted O’Reilly about referring to the President as a “community organizer,” and for treating the interview as a meeting of equals rather than a conversation with the most powerful leader of the free world. More specifically, Rivera accused O’Reilly of acting as though it was a presidential debate, and O’Reilly was the opposing candidate.
Rivera said that the tone of the interview made it seem like O’Reilly thought it entailed two equals sitting down to debate policy. “O’Reilly is the president of most of the white men in America and Barack Obama’s the president of everybody else,” according to Rivera.
When confronted with calling the president a “community organizer” O’Reilly denied it several times, emphatically claiming that at no time did he say anything demeaning to the President. After the tape of the interview was played and clearly proved otherwise, O’Reilly attempted to defend himself by asserting that he didn’t remember because it was “so inconsequential.”
Rivera is not the first reporter to call into question O’Reilly’s handling of the interview. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post had some critique to offer as well.
Watch the clip in the video below.