In a wide-ranging interview with MultiChannel News’ Mike Reynolds, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused MSNBC of not dealing in facts, compared himself to Howard Cosell, and explained how he single-handedly saved Inside Edition.
O’Reilly’s biggest shot in the interview landed on MSNBC, a network he referred to as having a, “very strong leftwing, partisan” approach. “Which is fine,” he added, “they can do what they want.” He pointed out that they don’t have a Shepard Smith or Bret Baier-led newsprogram, and rely on NBC for their hard news analyst roles. O’Reilly also noted that while CNN — FNC’s other main competitor — does a better job with the facts, they focus on stories that don’t pull at the hearts of average viewers.
“CNN is heavy on storms and Syria and rebellion and you know, basically, the traditional stuff,” O’Reilly explained. “But Fox News is much more interested in how the news affects the folks. So that they’ll get into the fabric of a teenager who wants to mention God in a valedictorian address, and there’s a big controversy over it. We’ll cover that whereas the others won’t.”