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O'Reilly: Jon Stewart's Criticism Not Based on Fact

By    |   Monday, 08 September 2014 07:54 PM

Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly says he is not sensitive to criticism, including from "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.

But he does want to set the record straight.

In an interview with Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos, O'Reilly said that as long as criticism is fair, he isn't sensitive to it.

"If it's unfair, then I am," he said.

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He said Stewart's criticism of him wasn't based on fact. O'Reilly had returned early from vacation to talk about the police shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri.

Stewart showed clips on "The Daily Show" making it appear O'Reilly returned only because he was outraged at the TV coverage and not about Brown's death. O'Reilly responded on "The O'Reilly Factor" by showing clips of him saying that what happened to Brown shouldn't happen to anyone and that the matter deserved a proper investigation.

Ramos challenged O'Reilly for calling Stewart's show "partisan-driven." Ramos said O'Reilly's program is also partisan-driven.

"My show is my point of view," O'Reilly responded. "It's not a party politics or anything like that. It's what I believe. So, if you want to say I'm a partisan on certain issues, OK, I'm not going to argue with that."

O'Reilly said he is conservative on some issues, liberal on others.

"I've never heard anyone calling you liberal," Ramos said.

"Well, then you haven't been listening, Jorge," O'Reilly said, noting that he opposes the death penalty and believes in global warming. Both, he said, are liberal positions, and he said he could give five more examples.

"But what Stewart did was he took my remarks and tried to tell his audience that I was callous and didn't care about the teenager who was shot dead in Ferguson," O'Reilly said.

"I just showed the audience that wasn't true, and I ran three or four clips that proved my case. So, all I have to do is correct the record rather than be sensitive, I'm just trying to get the truth out there."

Ramos argued that in matters of race, politics and religion, O'Reilly is "clearly right-wing."

O'Reilly disagreed, saying, "I'm a problem-solver."

On immigration, O'Reilly said he wants everyone to be treated fairly and doesn't oppose a pathway to citizenship.

He acknowledged that he wants to secure the border "because I don't want the merry-go-round to continue . . . Chaos doesn't do anything any good."

Ramos also challenged O'Reilly for saying he believes he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write his best-selling book "Killing Jesus."

"It is very dangerous to mix politics and religion," said Ramos, who was raised Catholic but now claims no religious affiliation.

O'Reilly said that he has every right to have religious or political opinions and that there is no link between his religious belief that God inspired him to write the book and his delivering opinions on the air.

But Ramos protested.

"If you're suggesting that God talks to you, and then you constantly every single day give your political opinion …" he began before O'Reilly cut him off.

"Your drawing this real crazy arc here," O'Reilly said.

The full interview will air Tuesday on Fusion.

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