O’Reilly is known for spending an inordinate amount of time on himself as a topic. He’s kind of the theme of his own show. Last night he defended his interviewing style:
Palin was asked a direct question and she kinda ran around the rock before getting to the point. She tends to do that a lot; provides a backstory before answering the gist of the actual question. That’s fine, but O’Reilly is an impatient guy.
However, O’Reilly uses that one clip to make it look like Palin provides no specifics whatsoever. On the contrary, Palin provided specifics before and after O’Reilly asked her that particular question. You can watch the whole interview here. But she can’t very well lay out her entire platform right now so that her opponents can pick it apart before she even runs. On the other hand, it’s O’Reilly’s job to try and get answers out of his guests.
And yes, politicians often go into these interviews having a prepared idea of what point they want to get across. That’s why sometimes they go off on their rants and the acutal question gets left in the dust. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s SOP.
By the way, I think 55 is a bit too old to yank the rug out. I would cut it off at 40 or 45.
I enjoyed Palin smacking Bill though because he has interrupted her many times before. I think O’Reilly did this segment partly because of all the e-mails he’s no doubt been getting from Palin fans trashing him. Heh. He’ll probably get a few more mailbags full of angry emails now.
In any case, here’s Mark Levin’s take:Tweet