Clinton to Appear on 'O'Reilly Factor'
By Howard Kurtz
Bill O'Reilly has been trying to book Hillary Clinton for years. Tomorrow night, he finally gets his shot.
The former first lady will grant the bombastic host an audience in Indiana, and the interview will air over two nights on the highest-rated cable news show. The move represents a further thaw in the once-frigid relations between the Democratic presidential candidates and Fox News, following Barack Obama's first-ever appearance on "Fox News Sunday."
The "O'Reilly Factor" might not seem the most hospitable environment for Clinton. O'Reilly has criticized her and her husband periodically since they lived in the White House, and one of his most frequent guests is the Hillary-bashing former Clinton adviser Dick Morris. O'Reilly has had more luck booking high-profile Republican guests, including President Bush.
But O'Reilly also has a history of being civil with guests from across the Democratic divide, including such liberals as Al Sharpton. And his show could enable Clinton to reach more moderate and conservative voters in the run-up to next week's Indiana and North Carolina primaries.
Clinton has also shown a willingness to mend fences with old foes such as Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh newspaper publisher who financed investigations of her husband in the 1990s. He wound up endorsing her.
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