James Carville (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
James Carville (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Fox News announced it hired longtime Democratic strategist-cum-pundit James Carville as a network contributor, meaning he’ll be making more appearances like the one he made in December with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. To tee up that conversation, O’Reilly cited a Fox News poll finding that 67 percent wanted to see a delay in the implementation of Obamacare. Carville opined that there should be no delay. This discussion ensued:

O’Reilly: All right, I’m sorry to be rude. It really doesn’t matter what you think, James, because 69 [sic] percent of the country wants it to be delayed. So it’s 69 [sic] percent against Carville.
Carville: All right, Bill. You asked my opinion. I gave it to you.
O’Reilly: No, no, no. No, I asked your opinion on the fairness of it, not the worthiness of it, the fairness of it.
Carville: Look, 60 percent of the people believe that the earth is 5,000 years old or something. That doesn’t mean that it’s right. I think it’s working better and I thought all along that it’s going to work. And I think it — I think it will. And as we go further into the year, I think you are going to see support increase for it.
O’Reilly: So you think it’s fair to impose this system even though seven out of 10 Americans feel it’s unfair and they want it delayed?
Carville: Right. I think it’s. . . .
O’Reilly: You are taking that contrarian point of view.
Carville: Right.
O’Reilly: Would it not be fair to delay it a year? If it’s so good according James Carville — so worthy, so necessary is it going to be worthy, necessary and good this time next year?
Carville: I think now that we’re making real progress and insurance companies now see it’s going to work to put half a billion dollars worth of advertising in it, I think it would be ridiculous.
O’Reilly: Well they are doing that because they make money, not because they think it’s going to work.
Carville: Well, again they think it’s going to work.
O’Reilly: It’s going to work for them. Are you flacking for the insurance companies?

Fox News contributors must get paid well.

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