Bill O'Reilly dishes on which Fox anchors are anti-Obama

“I’m tough on everybody," he says. But Steve Doocy, for example, "is an Obama basher"

By Prachi Gupta
Published June 19, 2014 9:06PM (UTC)
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Lest you begin thinking that Fox News is becoming a little more sane, Bill O'Reilly is here to restore the natural order of the cableverse. New York magazine reports that O'Reilly dished on what his Fox colleagues think of President Obama on Wednesday night, while talking on stage which fellow Fox News host Geraldo Rivera at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. When Rivera asked O'Reilly how fairly Fox treats Obama, compared to George W. Bush, O'Reilly said "it depends on the hour." He meant that quite literally -- here's the run-down he gave, via New York:

"Fox & Friends": “Doocy is an Obama basher,” O’Reilly admitted. “The other two, [Brian] Kilmeade and Elisabeth [Hasselbeck], they’d rather whip up a soufflé.”

"America’s Newsroom": “Hemmer and MacCallum have no social agenda at all,” he said.

"Happening Now": “Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, no ideology.”

"Outnumbered": “Outnumbered or Outsmarted, I don’t know what it is. Those people … I don’t know.”

"Shepard Smith Report": “Shep Smith is a liberal.”

"Your World With Neil Cavuto": “Cavuto, that’s a business show. Not an Obama fan.”

"The Five": “Bob Beckel, that’s an anti-Obama situation.”

"Special Report With Bret Baier": “At 6, we start to get into the signature shows. Bretty Baier, he’s not anti-Obama. His agenda isn’t to diminish the president.”

"On the Record With Greta Van Susteren": “Greta, who’s liberal.”

"The O'Reilly Factor": “I’m tough on everybody.”

"The Kelly File": “Megyn, not an ideologue. She didn’t come in with, ‘I hate him.’”

"Hannity": “Then you have the Republican show with Hannity at 10. He’s a Reagan Republican.” Not O’Reilly, though, no way. “I’m an independent,” he insisted. “Right-wing radio, they hate me. I’m happy where I am. I don’t have any agenda to push.”

For the record, O'Reilly is not a Hillary Clinton fan. "Hillary doesn’t understand how the world works. She doesn’t," he said. "She's a weak candidate."

Prachi Gupta

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