Bill O'Reilly sends the vile Jesse Watters to grandstand in San Francisco over Kate Steinle's murder

Watters preferred standing outside the mayor's door yelling "Are you in there?" to actually reporting


Scott Eric Kaufman
July 9, 2015 5:12PM (UTC)

On "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday, host Bill O'Reilly said that it was time to punish San Francisco for its decision to operate as a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants -- then revealed that he had already done exactly that, having sent his vile roving reporter Jesse Watters there the day previous.

For the third consecutive night, O'Reilly devoted the majority of his program to the murder of Kate Steinle and the parties he believes is responsible for it -- the city of San Francisco and the Obama administration, the former for being a sanctuary city and the latter for allowing it to be. So he sent Watters, whose shtick typically involves pounding the pavement interviewing ignorant liberals, to "investigate" what Mayor Ed Lee and the board of supervisors are doing to prevent another murder like Steinle's from happening.

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Of course, Watters did nothing of the sort, preferring instead to grandstand at the board of supervisor's meeting and literally yell questions at the mayor's door, including "Are you in here?"

Over a cornball hard-rock guitar soundtrack with some nü-metal flourishes, Watters claimed that he was seeking answers, but when he was informed by Mayor Lee's secretary that he would need to speak to the mayor's communications director, Christine Falvey, he started spinning in a circle shouting, "Mayor? Mayor Lee? Are you in here? It's Jesse Watters with 'The O'Reilly Factor' and I just have a few questions."

Never one to let a branding opportunity be wasted, before leaving he turned to the secretary and said, "tell the mayor 'Watters' World' is looking for him."

After a brief conversation with Communications Director Falvey, in which he complained about having flown all the way from New York City only to find San Francisco officials exactly as reluctant to speak to him as he knew they would be, Watters went to the city supervisor's meeting, during which he held up a picture of Kate Steinle and asked the supervisors to look at it. "You guys aren't even going to look at the picture," he said. "You don't have anything to say?"

Of course, this portion of the video was heavily edited and only showed Watters, never reversing to demonstrate that the supervisors were not, in fact, looking. Maybe they were, maybe they weren't -- Fox News apparently doesn't think that should be up to the audience to decide.

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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