Quote of the night

Bill O'Reilly asks why all reporters can't be as good as Bill O'Reilly.

Published March 25, 2009 1:35AM (EDT)

Fox News viewers tuning in for the post-game show President Obama's prime-time press conference got quite the treat. There to provide analysis were none other than Bill O'Reilly, whose show was pushed back due to the timing of the press conference, and Karl Rove. The result was pretty much what you'd expect, though if anything O'Reilly was a little more impassioned in his criticism than usual (maybe Glenn Beck's ratings are getting to him?) and there were a few moments when Rove had to step in to try to provide a voice of sanity.

I did particularly enjoy one moment of the show, though -- O'Reilly's analysis of the reporters' performance:

What about the press? They sit there and they ask these questions and he just -- bamboozles! I think back to my interview with him, which I enjoyed immensely and I thought he did very well. I was right -- I was like a cougar, I was like right there, you know? And there was only six or seven inches between -- and every time he started to get off on his tangent I go right in like this. Because he is professorial, that's what he is. So it doesn't matter if the press is there or not.

This was even better onscreen, as he actually mimed himself getting ready to pounce, and then, right before he said "I go right in like this," he actually clapped loudly to demonstrate the moment he struck. Now that's reporting.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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