Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly: AP has been ‘exceedingly kind’ to President Obama

In discussing the Justice Department’s subpoena of the Associated Press’s phone records, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly raises a familiar talking point at his place of employment: “The AP has been exceedingly kind to Barack Obama, so there’s no politics involved in it,” O’Reilly said in a chat with Kirsten Powers and Kate Obenshain regarding the White House’s ongoing difficulties.

It was a timely swipe at the AP, in a way: About a year ago, Fox News chief Roger Ailes said in a interview about AP: “It tips left all the time now.” Last fall, too, O’Reilly claimed that it was biased against then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “I think that’s true, beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said.

Yet it’s still not hard to find AP stories on FoxNews.com.

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