O’Reilly on Crowley: ‘Fine’

Didn’t take long last night for Bill O’Reilly and guest Bernard Goldberg to hit the right notes on the controversy over Candy Crowley, the CNN anchor who’s moderating tonight’s town-hall debate at Hofstra University. The campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney have attempted to keep Crowley confined to a narrow role in the proceedings, a dynamic that Goldberg found unseemly. “I want her to break every rule,” he said. “We all have biases. As long as she leaves her biases at the door, I want her to be an equal opportunity pain.”

“Yeah, and I don’t have any trouble with Ms. Crowley. I mean I, you know [theatrical pause and throat-clearing] I think she’s fine,” said O’Reilly, who didn’t elaborate on what lay behind his half-hearted and guttural semi-endorsement.

From there, the two talkers decamped to Libya, where they faulted the media for failing to press U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice on why she went on multiple Sunday talk shows last month to issue misleading talking points on the attacks against the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Who asked Rice to do that? “If Ambassador Susan Rice were a Republican working for President George W. Bush, the media would have satellite trucks outside her residence and they wouldn’t let her walk two feet without answering that question,” Goldberg said. “But because she isn’t a Republican working for George Bush but a Democrat working for President Obama, they have virtually no curiosity.”

No question that the media haven’t been aggressive enough on Libya, especially in the early stages of this scandal. As for the deficit of satellite trucks on Rice’s lawn, that’s a problem that Fox itself could well remedy with its billion dollars in annual profits.

The Post interviewed Rice on Monday regarding her talk-show remarks, apparently without the use of a satellite truck.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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