Tags: geraldo | slams | oreilly | obama

Geraldo Rivera Slams O'Reilly Over 'Confrontation' in Obama Interview

Friday, 07 Feb 2014 11:25 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Television journalist Geraldo Rivera attacked Bill O'Reilly on Friday over his interview with President Barack Obama before the Super Bowl on Sunday, charging that the Fox News host was confrontational and did not give Obama "the classic decorum and respect and deference that you pay the office."

"This was not a classic interview," Rivera charged in the "Fridays With Geraldo" segment on "The O'Reilly Factor," which was first reported by Mediaite. "What you had here … was a culture clash."

"It was almost as if you were two equals with two opposite world views coming together for a confrontation," he continued. "It was the president of most of the white guys in America and Barack Obama, the president of almost everybody else — and the discussion was at that level."

Rivera also attacked O'Reilly for referring to Obama as a "community organizer" in his questioning about the decline of families in the inner city — adding that to watch the interview was "in some ways, unsettling" because of the Fox host's disposition.

O'Reilly responded that "I was very respectful. … There was no disrespect to that," in making the reference.

From April to October 1992, the president served as director of Illinois Project Vote in Chicago, which registered 400,000 African-Americans in the state during Obama's tenure.

"It's not my job to be a social scientist," O'Reilly fired back. "It's my job to get information. That's my job. I got it.

"And I asked him the tough questions that nobody else — no one — has asked him," he added. "This is what journalists do."

Rivera also said that, while O'Reilly was right about the decline of inner-city families, "it was obscured by the fact that you minimized him: 'You're a community organizer from Chicago.' He's the occupant of the Oval Office."

"I respect the office," O'Reilly said, "but he's accountable to the people. I'm the people's voice.

"I have to ask the questions, and I did so in a polite way," he said.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ted Cruz: Moderate Republican Won't Win White House in 2016

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 09:04 AM

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz says the Republican Party should learn from history that running a moderate candidate for presiden . . .

Vets and Service Members to Be Tracked for Chemical Exposure in Iraq

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 08:53 AM

Service members and veterans who served in Iraq and may have been exposed to Saddam Hussein's decaying chemical warfare  . . .

'Recovering' Economy a Major Drag on Governors in Midterms

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 08:43 AM

In a midterm election year where so much attention has been focused on U.S Senate races, there are also several high-sta . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved