CBS's Smith Labels Bill O'Reilly 'Bloviator-in-Chief' Over 'View' Appearance
Friday's CBS Early Show, after news reader Erica Hill reported on Fox
News host Bill O'Reilly's heated Thursday appearance on ABC's 'The
View,' co-host Harry Smith proclaimed O'Reilly to be "the bloviater-in-chief" and that "he was in full bloviation mode yesterday."
Hill began her report by declaring: "When Barbara Walters introduced the conservative talk show host on 'The View' Thursday, she ignited a major fuse, turning daytime TV into dynamite." Hill described how O'Reilly's statement that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" caused left-wing hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set. Once she concluded her piece, Smith said of O'Reilly: "He loves all this attention." Hill replied "he thrives on it." Smith added: "He was so happy to see their reactions to him."
Fellow co-host Maggie Rodriguez criticized Behar and Goldberg for walking off: "...it can be very hard to keep your emotions in check when a guest says something that you don't agree with, but you don't walk off, you sit there and you challenge them with information, you bring up the counterpoint." She concluded: "...their show is called 'The View,' they should accept all points of view."
Smith then threw out the "bloviator-in-chief" label and offered some advice on how to handle O'Reilly: "...he's been on the show bunches and bunches of times, and he's not a guy you particularly go head to head with....he wants to get under your skin. If you're going to come back at him you need to figure out how to do the same thing."
Apparently Smith used that tactic during an April 14, 2009 interview with the FNC host, when he snarkily asked O'Reilly: "Couldn't hold a job at any other place?...Is this the longest continuous employment you have ever had?"
Here is a full transcript of the October 15 segment: