Video: Michelle talks Murtha and immigration on O’Reilly

posted at 9:50 am on June 20, 2006 by Allahpundit

Bill accuses the boss of wanting to break down illegals’ doors and drag their children out screaming into the night.

She was not amused.

Update: Before anyone mentions it (and they will), yes, Michelle’s wearing the same outfit in Vent today as she was on O’Reilly last night. The two were taped within a few hours of each other. Mystery solved.

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I forgive Michelle for wearing the same outfit for both tapings (had to mention it) because she gave O’Reilly a comeuppance for mischaracterizing her stand on immigration.

pjcomix on June 20, 2006 at 10:11 AM

O’Reilly, conservative? Not conservative? Conservative? Not conservative?

Um, O’Reilly says “NOT Conservative.”

His gums-flapping says: He IS Conservative.

I’m confused.

Did he go to Vietnam too?

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 10:20 AM

I may catch heat for this, but I have been watching O’Reilly for years and in my view, he has most definitely moved left. O’Reilly has perceptibly toned down his once “boisterous” reactions to his guests’ absurd remarks and unruly demeanor and he has become far more tolerant of them. Also, some of his political positions are no longer “fair and balanced,” but have noticeably softened.

Last night is a good example. When O’Reilly made his remarks about ILLEGAL ALIENS currently in this country and Michelle so appropriately responded, I was more than annoyed. There is in my view, no justification –- none at all! –- for defense of the “McCain mentality” to allow illegal aliens to escape punishment.

Amnesty of any kind, including permitting them to escape virtually unscathed as O’Reilly advocates, is unacceptable. O’Reilly, like McCain, claims that he does not really support amnesty but actually, he does. Because the absurd “fines” and silly rules put forth by the Senate are just that: absurd. And O’Reilly supports much of that mentality.

Bad behavior rewarded with bad legislation will simply promulgate more bad behavior. Michelle is, as usual, absolutely correct.

ForYourEdification on June 20, 2006 at 10:26 AM

Nope. She didn’t look amused at all. Looked pretty p!$$ed, but Damn! She still looks great!:^) Seriously, that was a dumb thing for Bill to say. Kinda cheap. Looked like he knows it too.

ecamorg on June 20, 2006 at 10:28 AM

ForYourEdification on June 20, 2006 at 10:26 AM

I may catch heat for this, but I have been watching O’Reilly for years and in my view, he has most definitely moved left.


I’m still amazed that people didn’t realize the FOX NEWS is a Liberal channel under the guise of “conservative.”

Check this out for example. Their boss is fundraising for Hillary Clinton.

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 10:37 AM

I usually enjoy O’Reilly but lately he has been so ignorant- no stupid. The difference is that ignorant means you don’t have the info, stupid is having the info and ignoring it.

His take on gas prices, immigration prove the point.

Wil on June 20, 2006 at 10:45 AM

When, exactly, did Fox go RINO on us?

Kid from Brooklyn on June 20, 2006 at 10:45 AM

We let illegals in so we can’t punish them for breaking the law? What about terrorists then? We also let them in, so in O Reilly’s view, we couldn’t punish them either.

That was the lamest thing I think I’ve heard O Reilly say.

2wylde on June 20, 2006 at 10:47 AM

OReilly called Ann’s comments on the 9/11 widow “cruel”. He did not criticize the widows but instead criticized Ann in three separate occasions.

Obvioulsy he is trying to seek a common ground that can give him the highest rating. Conservatives should bear this in mind that he needs rating. His comments are calculated. He has his circles and his is trying to appear compassionate ( do you see the similarity?) by going after the Jessica Law. I appreciate what hs is doing for our children and I thank him for it. But in defending the conservative values, he appears to overlook the constitutional aspect frequently and opt for emotional outbursts.

The comment he made on Ann, and on Michelle are considered verbal abuses in my understanding given the circumstances that he made his statement in.

Have the anti amnesty conservatives considered that families could be broken when we start deportation procedures? Of course we do. We are seeking a common ground to allow work permits to be issued without a path to citizenship. I have not heard anything from OReilly on the social security problems associated with the amnesty bill. This is definitely not fair and balanced. If the SS system is to give, we may trigger the biggest economic and human catastrophy in US history. Every one under the poverty line depends on SS for retirement. Comparing to the potential for destruction of this country by bankrupting our government, versus breaking up some families in the process of deporting 11 million illegals, I prefer latter.

OReilly does not depend on social security for retirement, you know.

easy87us on June 20, 2006 at 10:51 AM

Sooo… whatever happened to O’Bileys call for a boycot of Mexico if it was shown they were interfering in US politics???

The silence is defeaning…

Romeo13 on June 20, 2006 at 10:53 AM

There is a simple solution to the claim that we would break up immigrant families (BOO, FREAKING HOO! As Michele says) by implementing the proposal in the House: deportees could take their children with them. American citizens or not, that would be a voluntary act.

While we cannot deport American citizens (children born here), it is a blatant lie to claim that we would “break up families” with deportation. These ILLEGAL ALIENS CHOSE TO COME HERE and break the law and they can CHOOSE to take their children with them when they leave. Hence no “family breakup.”

ForYourEdification on June 20, 2006 at 11:02 AM

When, exactly, did Fox go RINO on us?

Kid from Brooklyn on June 20, 2006 at 10:45 AM


Oh I would say since 2005, when Bush’s rating started to decline.

See, FOX NEWS, just like any Media outlet, is for profit.

They will speak for the popular.

Hey, again, their boss is fundraising for Hillary Clinton.

Any stronger proof?

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 11:12 AM

Murdoch’s dining with Hillary is showing its aftermath.

It is the RINOs working with moderate Demos to bring in the FOX to suppress the conservatives.

We have gained too much power…

They expected Bilbray to lose but we won. We are now threatening Murtha…and more to come. Steele and Blackwell are making it big time.

Watch FOX going left while MSNBC goes right….

easy87us on June 20, 2006 at 11:22 AM

Kirsten attempts to gain immunity from criticism with:
“(Rove) attacked Murtha, who is a decorated war veteran
Do these people say these things just to prove Ann Coulter correct?

wcarr on June 20, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Kirsten attempts to gain immunity from criticism with:
“(Rove) attacked Murtha, who is a decorated war veteran”
Do these people say these things just to prove Ann Coulter correct?

Great point. How dare anyone criticize a decorated war veteran! At least one that is a Democrat. Republicans are fair game, though.

StephC on June 20, 2006 at 11:48 AM

Why did my comment become a link? Oops!

StephC on June 20, 2006 at 11:49 AM

O’Reilly has never been a conservative or the FoxNews channel for that matter. They have become more liberal since they started and getting worse. Who hired Wesley Clark for example or Kimberly Guilfoyle.

O’Reilly used to support strong Immigration Enforcement and Deportation until about 3 years ago then he flipped on the issue. In fact, everyone except John Gibson has flipped on Guest Workers. He now supports full blown Amnesty.

Last week he had a family of Illegals on that were caught in Southern California and the guest was accusing the border patrol of racial profiling. In addition, the guest said the border patrol had no right to arrest Illegals in the interior of the country.

O’Reilly offered the family his services in re-uniting the arrested Illegal Alien who was deported with her children staying with another Illegal Alien in the USA. The Illegals father is in California State Prison.

I would call this aiding and abetting Illegal Immigration.

His behavior in the last two weeks has been outrageous.

First, he attacks Ann Coulter for making personal attacks and his own online poll proved him wrong then he Attacks Michelle for wanting our Immigration Laws and borders enforced. He implied that she wanted them all rounded up by knocking down doors like Nazi Storm Troopers.

BTW-CatholicConservative, conservative viewpoints are very popular and get high ratings. Talk radio is evidence of that and FoxNews has been loosing its ratings momentum as it has shifted to a more liberal viewpoint

Thank God they still have Michelle Malkin on a regular basis.

ScottyDog on June 20, 2006 at 11:56 AM

Wait a minute. Did I hear O’Reilly correctly?
Did he say that it was partly OUR FAULT (the federal government’s) for illegal immigration?
That’s the most outrageous thing I’ve ever heard. Did the government put a gun to these people’s heads and force them across the border? Did he lose his marbles on this, or what?

Ron_S on June 20, 2006 at 12:09 PM

Compromise! Compromise! That’s what the Republicans did in the 19th century for Southern “Slave-holding” Democrats and Northern “Copperhead” Democrats which kept 4 million people enslaved and eventually lead to the American Civil War.

And what did we get out of that, the deaths of over 640,000 Americans, the death of the President of the United States, and the deaths of untold hundred of thousands more innocent civilians and freed slaves who had no where to go and no means of support.

Now O-Really want to “Compromise” again, which will only keep illegals in a slave-like state, unable to achieve anything more than low wage employment. Illegals dying in the desert because they think there will be a Compromise which will include them if only they can reach the US. Illegals continuing to live in poverty in farm camps. Illegals unable to adequately care for their children. Illegals, desperate and committing crimes in order to survive.

What a visionary! What a doormat selling charlatan! What an freakin’ tool!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 20, 2006 at 12:10 PM

I doubt anyone will catch any heat for pointing out the painfully obvious. O’Reilly has definitely been moving to the dark side for some time now. I can barely watch/listen to him anymore. The only reason I do is to see people like Michelle and Ann.

IMO O’Reilly has become so impressed with his being “Fair” that he has completely lost sight of right and wrong. He used to make stands and hold people accountable, now all he wants to do is let both sides give their talking points while he sits there doing nothing productive. His comments denigrating Ann Coulter are despicably misleading. He is constantly (mis)labeling her comments as “personal attacks.” While It is perfectly obvious to anyone with half a brain that they are not. Even his own poll disagrees with his repeated assertions.

One other example was his ridiculous coverage of the ” immigrants rights march/demonstrations” He didn’t even bother to have an opposing view to the radical mexican activists he had as guests to “comment” on the issue. He basically gave them multiple segments to spew their lies without ever Challenging their “facts.”

America1st on June 20, 2006 at 12:29 PM

BTW-CatholicConservative, conservative viewpoints are very popular and get high ratings. Talk radio is evidence of that and FoxNews has been loosing its ratings momentum as it has shifted to a more liberal viewpoint

Thank God they still have Michelle Malkin on a regular basis.

ScottyDog on June 20, 2006 at 11:56 AM


For those who are looking for a true conservative opinion on today’s issues, listen to Michael Savage.

As for Michelle Malkin and Fox News, I don’t think that liberal channel will keep on inviting her, or Ann Coulter for a long time.

Fox News, as I wrote, wants ratings, and with an “unpopular” president, they turned to the Left for money, because ratings = money.

Conservatism is more popular on the Radio and on the Internet. Hopefully, that will never change.

Bottom line, listen to Michael Savage!!

Visit his website and read his books.

Of course, don’t miss Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham.

CatholicConservative on June 20, 2006 at 12:31 PM

I heard Orielly say once on his show that he was neither “liberal” or “conserative”. What that says to me that he isn’t man enouth to take a stand. Oreilly is a child of the media, I belive he will say anything he belives the public wants to hear. Its all about ratings. Oreilly doesn’t want to offend anyone, or do anything to adversly affect his ratings.

birdman on June 20, 2006 at 12:32 PM

I have an idea for MSNBC (I know, I know). They could be very competitive against O’Reilly if they put Michelle on her own show in the same time slot. I’d watch! How about you?

mkstach on June 20, 2006 at 12:36 PM

The line is getting blurry. We are starting the stupid a$$ “It’s our fault” mentality.

We didn’t treat Int’l Muslims with respect so they blew up two of our buildings. It’s our fault that we don’t cater to those who hate us.

We saw the true colors of these “Nation of Immigrants” on the first march. Today we march, tomorrow we vote. Old Glory upside down (in surrender) and so forth.

I’m tired, so tired of Americans apologizing for the things that made this country great. While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and make reparations to slave descendants, give Native Americans ALL of their land back, and donate billions to Japan because we are sorry we bombed them.

WE the people didn’t let them in. Our government let them in. It’s time to take our nation back and have some freaking pride in ourselves as a nation of Americans again.

robman27 on June 20, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Allah: We will let Michelle slide for wearing the same “outfit” on O’Reilly that she wore on the vent. I do think that if Michelle put her hair up and put maybe something like an ORCHID in her hair would have been a nice tuch.

birdman on June 20, 2006 at 12:42 PM


THANK YOU for sustaining exactly what I see! Good to know none of this was my imagination.

I too, am no longer a “loyal O’Reilly viewer” and in fact often tune to alternate programming, especially when guests like Susan Estrich are permitted to spew their leftist ideology. There are already too many loony left liberals out there without adding another. And, have you also noticed that Alan Colmes’ infuriatingly liberal ravings have increased their tempo, frequency and substance while Hannity’s have toned down? Coincidence NOT!

Likely, is that orders from the top caused a swing to the left on Fox — and if so, its ratings will slowly fall until it is relegated to Air America status.


ForYourEdification on June 20, 2006 at 12:52 PM

One more thing… thanks Michelle for the “Why do you want to compromise?” and the exactly appropriate wide eyed appalled look. When you are right WHY COMPROMISE?
You look great in that outfit. Wear it again tomorrow!

wcarr on June 20, 2006 at 12:53 PM

I have an idea for MSNBC (I know, I know). They could be very competitive against O’Reilly if they put Michelle on her own show in the same time slot. I’d watch! How about you?


But it makes too much sense.

speed647 on June 20, 2006 at 12:58 PM

ForYourEdification: I too am no longer a loyal O’Reilly viever. O’Reilly seems to have no core beliefs. If he dosn’t offend any group or person he can appeal to a wider audence. I also am not a big fan of “Hannity & Colems”. I just can’t stand the libs shouting down conservatives, talking over said, and clouding the issues, and their lies. The libs obnoxious behavier makes me want to puke. I am on the other hand a big fan of Sean Hannity’s radio show. Sean is a gentleman, and a good Christian.

birdman on June 20, 2006 at 1:04 PM

I only caught a few minutes of last night’s show because I’ve started watching a soap opera that I’ve taped during the day in his time slot. He has become more left. Just a few weeks ago he was implying the Marines were already guilty in the Haditha incident and now that’s falling apart. Hope he corrects himself on that.

As for what O’Reilly said last night, I only agreed with one thing, it has been the government’s fault for illegals coming into this country because the government has not secured the border for decades. The other half of the blame goes to the private businesses for hiring illegals to begin with. As far as the “break down illegals’ doors and drag their children out screaming into the night” comment, it was asinine. I don’t care how many “children of illegals” he brings on the show with a heartbreaking story. I’m sure there are many more heartbreaking stories of legal children and problems they face. O’Reilly seems to forget that each “illegal” child or a “child of an illegal” is taking the place of legal residents.

moonsbreath on June 20, 2006 at 1:04 PM

“Bill accuses the boss of wanting to break down illegals’ doors and drag their children out screaming into the night.”

Oh, I think we could do that in the evening after dinner. Gimme a break, that’s not going to happen.

In reality the recent enforcement raids have proven that given enough pressure from ICE illegal aliens will start to self deport.

How is the Border Patrol purposely “allowing” illegal migration?
We might not be employing enough resources to seal our ports and borders but an effort by hard working courageous agents IS taking place.
Are we now to assume some responsibility for every other criminal behavior because the criminals circumvent law enforcement?
If you break the law to enter the United States then buh-bye it’s that simple.

Speakup on June 20, 2006 at 1:06 PM

Perhaps we just need to get rid of all of the career Senators and Representatives out of D.C. and vote on those who are serious on immigration issue and start anew? If Bill O’Reilly are saying that it was partially the govt’s fault where many career senators never did anything about immigration issues or enforce existing laws on immigration, perhaps a new slate is in order?

Kokonut on June 20, 2006 at 1:09 PM

O’Reilly tried the fair and balanced bit, but like pandering to terrorists, pandering to liberals will never work. No matter how left he swings, he will still be accused of being a neo-con extremist by the Kossacks.

He’s trying to get everyone to like him and life just doesn’t work that way. I was pretty enraged by his BS characterization of MMs (and my) stance, and BRAVO Michelle for nailing him on it.

No one has advocated the Elian Gonzales approach O’Reilly was talking about but big-chin Reno and the Clintonistas, and that was a few years ago, if I remember correctly…

NTWR on June 20, 2006 at 1:23 PM

Brooklyn, Fox had been slowly drifting, but we really began noticing with the immigration debate.

dman on June 20, 2006 at 1:27 PM

O’Reilly’s way of thinking is that because it’s the Federal Government’s fault for the failure at the border, we shouldn’t go back and correct the mistake and cut the illegals some slack. He’s wrong. Yes, a lot of the problems rest with the government from not providing a “real” fence and not enforcing current laws against businesses hiring illegals, but that doesn’t mean all should be forgiven. These people came here, and have been coming here for decades with the knowledge they were breaking our laws. I agree with Michelle, the House bill is the only way to go.

moonsbreath on June 20, 2006 at 1:29 PM

Bill O’Reilly is probably a registered independent who votes almost entirely with the conservatives.

He has never been an interesting figure, just an odd one. His talents, as they are, bring fortunes to FOX and to him and he will continue to do whatever it takes to keep the ratings high.

One can check in and leave him alone, depending on what he features/says…

To his credit he has done much to point out the shortcomings of Europeans, the French in particular, Canadians and other worldly jellyfishes (note that the second explanation in the dictionary for ‘jellyfishes’ is: 2. Informal. One who lacks force of character; a weakling)

Entelechy on June 20, 2006 at 1:36 PM

Saw it… O’Reilly came off as a loudmouth bore and the (D)emo-mouth as shrill.

Compromise? ON WHAT?

It’s the LAW. It’s our TAX-DOLLARS. And those are Mexican flags they are waving while spouting ‘LaRaza’ rhetoric as if America should care about 300 year-old imperial claims of Spain.

But it would help if Michelle wore sunglasses so viewers don’t get lost in those dreamy eyes.

DANEgerus on June 20, 2006 at 3:03 PM

Rather odd hearing O’Reilly spouting this “Can’t we all just get along?” baloney. He should stick to what he does best – standing up for what’s right.

speed647 on June 20, 2006 at 3:28 PM

bill sucked up to the left for sure,
the way i saw it, he blew michelle off and played up to the
left… lets boycott the factor. i think this is a prime slot for michelle to take over!!!

mike hale on June 20, 2006 at 4:09 PM

O’Reilly never has been a conservative. He is a populist if you have to categorize him in some manner…..

But mostly, he is a blowhard egotist with only one core value: Whatever position he thinks will help him personally, financially is the position he will take, and to heck with what is best for everyone else.

I liked his ‘act’ for a while and liked to watch his show…. but once I caught on to what he really does, I got to where I couldn’t stand him…. I only watch his show now when he has Michelle or someone else interesting on.

LegendHasIt on June 20, 2006 at 6:19 PM

Guys, this ODoodle dude is a fake, an actor! He is just trying to make some bucks. he has no ideology except those that can get him highest rating. If you don’t believe me, then ask yourself has Ole Lilly ever expressed his position on the amnesty bill? He is checking the wind and testing the water. If he smells blood he will jump on board like a vampire.

Don’t be too harsh on this guy. Drop him when he gets boring or too ugly, which ever comes first. Watch him when he is onto something good. Now I drop him for the Food Network because he seems to be in some kind of mid life crisis.

sigh…..what an overly hormonized phone addict….

easy87us on June 20, 2006 at 7:19 PM

How in the world can O’Reilly be such a big millionaire? He sounds like an idiot when he insists that Rove’s recations are no different than Murtha’s?? (Michelle called him on it – saying Rove’s statements were THE TRUTH)

I hate when O’Reilly says “both sides” do this or that because the scale tips HEAVY to the Liberals side for the mean-spiritedness in politics today. WAY HEAVY!

Richard Davis on June 20, 2006 at 7:59 PM

I stopped watching O’Reilly years ago. The man was a moron. From what I’ve read here nothing’s changed.

calnevari on June 20, 2006 at 8:12 PM

D*ckh**d says that because the gov’t waited so long to proceed against illegal invaders (they are NOT immigrants) that now they should be given some slack? WTF?
And then: “I’ll give you ladies the last word”, after which

solitas on June 20, 2006 at 10:26 PM