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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Bill O'Reilly to interview Obama for Fox Super Bowl pre-game

By Al Kamen

The pro football playoffs begin this weekend, but Fox Sports is already making sure there'll be solid television ratings no matter what teams make it to the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.

That's because conservative Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly will be interviewing President Obama during the pre-game show, the White House confirmed today.

When other networks broadcast the game in Obama's first two years in office, NBC had host Matt Lauer (2009) conduct the sit-down, while Katie Couric handled it last year for CBS.

O'Reilly , who interviewed Obama during the 2009 presidential campaign believes he gave Obama the toughest interview of anyone during that election. Unclear whether he'll be that tough this time around.

By Al Kamen  | January 6, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
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Interesting - I didn't know there WAS a 2009 presidential campaign - who ran and who won?

Posted by: vtboucher | January 8, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Dear Al Kamen: Why is Katie Couric NEVER the "liberal" news anchor or Brian Williams or Craig_Colgan wrote:

Matt Lauer, etc.? We must label conservatives as such, to warn the dumb masses. We must not do the same to those on the home team. It has been like this for years at this paper and many others.
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Why is it so hard for people to understand the difference between a reporter and an opinion columnist or a news anchor and television pundit? Reporters and news anchors are supposed to deliver the news, in as unbiased fashion as possible. Opinion columnists and television pundits are paid to voice their opinions. Bill O'Rielly is a conservative television pundit and would never try to hide that. He's supposed to express his opinions and is even encouraged to be as outrageous as possible. News anchors like Katie Couric deliver news, not opinion, hence they are not labeled liberal or conservative. Does that mean there is absolutely no bias in the newscast? No, though you'll find at least as much bias on Fox News as any other network.

Posted by: chadborman | January 7, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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Correct. The fact that so few people seem to even realize the truth in this is appaling.

Posted by: kchses1 | January 7, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Well . . . The RIGHT man was picked to trash the Presidency . . . . O'Reilly . . . total Charlatan.
Harassed any of your female associates lately, Mr Childrens' Book Author?

Posted by: lufrank1 | January 7, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

For those who are sensible about creation will understand that Bill O'Reilly meant no one can really explain the tides because no one can really explain the UNIVERSE! God controls the universe and all the effects the planets, stars, moons, and gravity have on our earth! Right On Bill!

Posted by: Ezsmile1701 | January 7, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

For those who are sensible about creation will understand that Bill O'Reilly meant no one can really explain the tides because no one can really explain the UNIVERSE! God controls the universe and all the effects the planets, stars, moons, and gravity have on our earth! Right On Bill!

Posted by: Ezsmile1701 | January 7, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This week on his show Bill O'Reilly told a guest that nobody can explain why the "tides go out and the tides go back." This, O'Reilly said, is further proof of a higher intelligence.

Dear Bill,
Before putting other foot in mouth while head is where the sun doesn't shine, please read the following.

"Most coastal areas experience two high and two low tides per day. The gravitational effect of the Moon on the surface of the Earth is the same when it is directly overhead as when it is directly underfoot. The Moon orbits the Earth in the same direction the Earth rotates on its axis, so it takes slightly more than a day—about 24 hours and 50 minutes—for the Moon to return to the same location in the sky. During this time, it has passed overhead once and underfoot once, so in many places the period of strongest tidal forcing is 12 hours and 25 minutes. The high tides do not necessarily occur when the Moon is overhead or underfoot, but the period of the forcing still determines the time between high tides.

The Sun also exerts on the Earth a gravitational attraction which results in a (less powerful) secondary tidal effect. When the Earth, Moon and Sun are approximately aligned, these two tidal effects reinforce one another, resulting in higher highs and lower lows. This alignment occurs approximately twice a month (at the full moon and new moon). These recurring extreme tides are termed spring tides. Tides with the smallest range are termed neap tides (occurring around the first and last quarter moons)."

So Bill believes 99.9% of the world's population possesses a higher level of intelligence than he does.

I can see that.

Posted by: apspa1 | January 7, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I fully trust O'Lielly, who "interviews" Rove, Gingrich, Morris, Hume, Ingraham, Krauthammer, et al... with no opposing viewpoints to give a 100% fair interview. Who wouldn't?

Posted by: teach722001 | January 7, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I fully trust O'Lielly, who "interviews" Rove, Gingrich, Morris, Hume, Ingraham, Krauthammer, et al... with no opposing viewpoints to give a 100% fair interview. Who wouldn't?

Posted by: teach722001 | January 7, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

A wind bag that tells it like it is, not the way you and the "Liable Media" would have you hear.

Posted by: Newthought | January 7, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone even watch the Super Bowl pre-game anymore?

If anything interesting transpires (which is highly doubtful), I'm sure it will be on Fox News, YouTube and countless other places within a day.

Posted by: etpietro | January 7, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"O'Reilly vs. Obama, the Arrogance Bowl said GWGOLDB" |

"O'Reilly is an over zealous wind bag" said Debonair31
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Egos, yes. Arrogance, a different thing. I have heard O'Reilly state many times that he is wrong, thick-headed, not the smartest guy on the block, et al. My experience continues to reflect that those who criticize O'Reilly the most boisterously and caustically are the ones who rarely watch him.
"The One," on the other hand walks arrogant, talks arrogant, and in fact, his arrogance is the only thing for which he does not need a teleprompter.
I'll say this for O: he is smart enough to know that an interview with O'Reilly will be fair (go back and check out the campaign interview). Further, O knows that it is maximum exposure for the buck, because whether you like it or not, FOX is not going away anytime soon. Millions of us love that fact. The rest of you, keep spitting your vitriol and do not choke.

Posted by: jay_thompson | January 7, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

O'Reilly vs. Obama, the Arrogance Bowl

Posted by: GWGOLDB

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Thank you for making my day :)

Posted by: anti-elitist | January 7, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama needs to ask O'Rielly what causes the tides to go in and out.

Posted by: Frazil | January 7, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Dear Al Kamen: Why is Katie Couric NEVER the "liberal" news anchor or Brian Williams or Craig_Colgan wrote:

Matt Lauer, etc.? We must label conservatives as such, to warn the dumb masses. We must not do the same to those on the home team. It has been like this for years at this paper and many others.
================

Why is it so hard for people to understand the difference between a reporter and an opinion columnist or a news anchor and television pundit? Reporters and news anchors are supposed to deliver the news, in as unbiased fashion as possible. Opinion columnists and television pundits are paid to voice their opinions. Bill O'Rielly is a conservative television pundit and would never try to hide that. He's supposed to express his opinions and is even encouraged to be as outrageous as possible. News anchors like Katie Couric deliver news, not opinion, hence they are not labeled liberal or conservative. Does that mean there is absolutely no bias in the newscast? No, though you'll find at least as much bias on Fox News as any other network.

Posted by: chadborman | January 7, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

MerlinTerps wrote:

O'Reilly is a NATIONAL Treasure.
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Like the saying goes, one man's garbage is another man's treasure

Posted by: chadborman | January 7, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Who?

Posted by: jamesjp1 | January 7, 2011 5:40 AM |

BARACK OBAMA!

You know ... the President of the United States!

Posted by: braunt | January 7, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Dear Al Kamen: Why is Katie Couric NEVER the "liberal" news anchor or Brian Williams or Matt Lauer, etc.? We must label conservatives as such, to warn the dumb masses. We must not do the same to those on the home team. It has been like this for years at this paper and many others.

Posted by: Craig_Colgan | January 7, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

O'Reilly vs. Obama, the Arrogance Bowl

Posted by: GWGOLDB | January 7, 2011 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Who?

Posted by: jamesjp1 | January 7, 2011 5:40 AM | Report abuse

I would rather see O'Reilly interview the Female Producer he supposedly sexually harassed then paid off years ago.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 7, 2011 3:47 AM | Report abuse

O'Reilly won't deliver any tough interview. The plan is to build up ratings for the big event, not make people turn off their TV's.

Posted by: kls1 | January 7, 2011 12:57 AM | Report abuse

And Bill will not let a teleprompter on the set. poor Obama he will not be putting out any spin there.

Posted by: texasoil | January 7, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: itkonlyyou440 | January 6, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: itkonlyyou440 | January 6, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Well whoopie doodle squat, that news to my ears. I'll make damn sure I miss that interview.

Posted by: jhnjdy | January 6, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Well whoopie doodle squat, that news to my ears. I'll make damn sure I miss that interview.

Posted by: jhnjdy | January 6, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Well whoopie doodle squat, that news to my ears. I'll make damn sure I miss that interview.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou440 | January 6, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Obama sure doesn't like to miss camera time. He is pathetic and makes a mockery of the Office of the President. I know most of you libs think that this is the cool President, who changes the rules, but honestly he acts like a fool. The President can be a fan of sports, but not the pre game show.

Posted by: Jsuf | January 6, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Slick move. Mr. President can't buy a thrill anywhere except in the AFL-CIO union halls. Sooo why not chat up Fox-man O'Reilly in front of a captive (football) audience. Obama gets to pretend people are listening to him. O'Reilly gets to pretend he's important and influential. It's a win-win for the Ego Men!

Posted by: ironmule | January 6, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Slick move. Mr. President can't buy a thrill anywhere except in the AFL-CIO union halls. Sooo why not chat up Fox-man O'Reilly in front of a captive (football) audience. Obama gets to pretend people are listening to him. O'Reilly gets to pretend he's important and influential. It's a win-win for the Ego Men!

Posted by: ironmule | January 6, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

O'Reilly is a NATIONAL Treasure.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | January 6, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

He’s been President for 2 years now: if you’re liberal and continue to believe Barack Obama stands behind all your principles and is the savior of the progressive movement, or conservative and are still clinging to the caricature of him as a “Socialist Marxist anti-American terrorist sympathizer”…it’s about time both sides of the aisle grow up:
After 2 years: The REAL Obama Can Now Stand Up

Posted by: RyanC1384 | January 6, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd bring a lufta sponge just the same.

Posted by: WmLaney | January 6, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Solid ratings for the Super Bowl based on an interview with Obama? Yeah, all football fans want their yearly event interrupted by politics, no matter who the president or interviewer is.

Posted by: Michelle111 | January 6, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

O'Reilly is an over zealous wind bag.... I watch Football to get away from reality and because I'm a sports fan... It stinks that they're gonna ruin my Playoffs with politics.

Posted by: Debonair31 | January 6, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

oh pleeze why would anyone want to appear with that homophobic o'reilly on faux noise???

Posted by: willemkraal | January 6, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: october30....O'Reilly will find a way to make himself look like the fool trying to go hard on the president. Betcha!
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You mean like posing the same question twice?? ;o)

Posted by: erodrik | January 6, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

How are we supposed to accept anything,as fact, in an article that contains such a blatant mistake as the year of the presidential election? I'm not trying to be unkind but a news source should be carefully checked. What other mistakes have been made in this report?

Posted by: jemmbw13 | January 6, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

How are we supposed to accept anything,a s fact, in an article that contains such a blatant mistake as the year of the presidential election? I'm not trying to be unkind but a news source should be carefully checked. What other mistakes have been made in this report?

Posted by: jemmbw13 | January 6, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mattintx
Reality is that the interview will get slotted early on - around 10 a.m. ET, not the half hour before kickoff.
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More likely egged out over hours.

Posted by: thomp | January 6, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Remember, Fox programs about EIGHT HOURS of "Super Bowl pregame." Reality is that the interview will get slotted early on - around 10 a.m. ET, not the half hour before kickoff.

Posted by: mattintx | January 6, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

O'Reilly will find a way to make himself look like the fool trying to go hard on the president. Betcha!

Posted by: october30 | January 6, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

O'Reilly will find a way to make himself look like the fool trying to go hard on the president. Betcha!

Posted by: october30 | January 6, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Al,

I think you mean during the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Posted by: Ibleedburgundy | January 6, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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