Brit? Paris? Nope... this time it's Nashua! Author: RaineDate:01/07/2008 13:47:26
The latest tabloid journalistic scuffle was not Brit or Lindsey or Paris, but rather involving Barack Obama. As reported yesterday:
But it was after Obama's speech that O'Reilly threw some elbows. And not so figuratively either.
Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson, a personal aide always at Obama's side during rope line handshakes, said O'Reilly yelled at him to get out of the way of his cameraman's shot. Nicholson said O'Reilly came around the waist-high barricade separating Obama from well-wishers.
"Then he grabbed me with both of his arms and tried to push me out of the way," Nicholson said after the campaign agreed to make him available to reporters.
O'Reilly, interviewed afterward by phone on Fox News, said he tried "to gently remove" Nicholson because he was standing in front of Fox's camera.
"We're sorry we had to have that little confrontation, but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on "The O'Reilly Factor." It is not going to happen," O'Reilly said.
Now I may be snarkily calling Billo a tabloid journalist, but this man is on a news network, he considers himself to be a journalist. He has an audience, albeit a shrinking one, but an audience nonetheless. I am used to seeing this behavior from the paparazzi, and places like OK! magazine, but this just goes too far.
And it begs a bigger question, what nation is this that allows journalists to physically confront presidential campaign staffers? According to Raw Story, 'O'Reilly insists that there was no scuffle, only a "removal" of a man that was blocking his shot. As for reports of profanity, O'Reilly says he may have called his target an "S.O.B." but nothing more. He also denies being "restrained" by two Secret Service agents, reported to have flanked him and escorted him away.
"Ten seconds after I gently removed the man from in front of our camera," he says, "I actually spoke to Barack Obama."
"The Secret Service guys led me right by, and we had a nice little chat, which you'll hear on the Factor Monday night."
So he is going to report on himself the nature of this assault? Perhaps Bill can explain this:
I am sure more video will surface, but you can hear O' Reilly call the staffer an SOB about 10 seconds into the video.
Regular people have been arrested and taken away from events for lesser things than this. Why is O'Reilly allowed to report on this when it was a breach of security from something we once called the 4th Estate? We talk a good game about security and safety in this country, when it comes to you and me, but suddenly because one man wants a camera shot, he thinks being physical is acceptable. That is a goon, in my eyes, and a goon with a platform is dangerous.
I hope this is an anomoly and not more of things to come. People like Bill O'Reilly have been fanning the flames of hatred against the Democratic party for so long, I worry about our candidates... not just Barack, but all of them.