Video: The O’Reilly Factor ambushes Rosie about her Trutherism

posted at 5:17 pm on October 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

They teased it this afternoon on The Live Desk; the rest will air tonight on the Factor. Notice how confident she is that she’s never referred to 9/11 as an inside job. She’s hinted darkly on her blog about the number of government offices that were located in WTC 7 (the link goes to WND because her post on the subject has since disappeared). She’s suggested that Giuliani contributed to a cover-up by clearing the rubble before more testing could be done (the clip there has also disappeared due to a murky, unspecified “terms of use” violation). And she’s warmed up the audience at The View by wondering aloud why WTC 7 wasn’t mentioned in the government’s 9/11 Commission report — a lie, as it turns out. That video has also disappeared from YouTube owing to a supposed violation of terms of use; you can watch it, via Fox News, in this Raw Story capture. Given all that, how can she be so confident that she’s never referred to it as an inside job? Because it’s important to most Truthers, especially “mainstream” ones who need to preserve some shred of credibility, to be seen as conducting what’s essentially a scientific inquiry. They don’t issue rash, conclusory pronouncements like “Bush knocked down the Towers”; they marshall evidence, like the careful, diligent amateur physicists that they are, and then issue rash, conclusory pronouncements like “fire has never melted steel.” She’s just asking questions, in other words, much like Michael Moore. You don’t have anything against questions, do you, fascist?

The ultimate Rosie disquisition on this subject (still preserved, miraculously, on YouTube) is the clip in this post. The discussion of WTC 7 comes at the end, after a long harangue about the crimes of the Bush administration. She doesn’t know who’s responsible, she says, but the context speaks volumes for her theory of culpability.

Her handler sure does move in quickly after the first question is asked, huh? You’ve got to be willing to talk to Power if you want to speak Truth to it, Ro.


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Uh, rosie? I think whoopi is wearing your underwear.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 29, 2007 at 5:18 PM

I think Conservatives going after liberals has the potential to become McCarthyesque, but screw it we are only hanging them with their own words. I they did not want to get called it they should not have said it.

When Chavez puts the wall up Sean Penn needs to be O’Reily’s first interview.

Theworldisnotenough on October 29, 2007 at 5:23 PM

While Rosie is an easy Target Id much rather O Reilly have someone like Ron Paul on and ask him about 9/11

Come ot think of it by taking the position of “Blowback” causing 9/11 Ron Paul IS rejecting trutherism.

William Amos on October 29, 2007 at 5:28 PM

I think we’re long past “How dare you!”

mymanpotsandpans on October 29, 2007 at 5:28 PM

“I didn’t say that”- Rosie.

Guess what, Rosie, I believe our government much more than I can ever believe you.

terryannonline on October 29, 2007 at 5:33 PM

“That’s what they want you to do.”

Right.

Esthier on October 29, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Moonbat handlers for a moonbat woman.

It makes sense.

Black Adam on October 29, 2007 at 5:44 PM

my my my said the spider to the fly..oh what a tangled web we weave when we set out to deceive….

Pam on October 29, 2007 at 5:47 PM

I applaud when O’Reilly confronts liberal Judges who repetedly fail to punish dangerous felons. I would prefer to see him leave Rosie alone. She’s a pathetic person who has destroyed her credibility – what is he doing this for, other than ratings?

Dork B. on October 29, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Rosie has an audience, like it or not, and is therefore not only ‘fair game’ but essential to expose if we’re to win the battle for the hearts and minds currently lost to truthers and the left.

TexasDan on October 29, 2007 at 6:35 PM

Dork B -

On his radio show today he said he was going after Rosie and Redford because of the damage they do to the country in the eyes on the world community. He said when the average person hears Rosie say WTC7 was a controlled demolition or hear Redford tell Italy we are losing sacred freedoms and becoming a fascist state they know those two are out of their minds. But the rest of the world doesn’t know that. They hear Rosie and Redford say those things and think it’s true. They’re famous celebrities after all, how could they be wrong? The average person overseas assumes that a stupid, crazy person could never become that rich and famous. I think in that context it makes sense to go after them.

If a decent percentage of Americans think 9/11 was an inside job, despite every piece of scientific evidence telling them otherwise, think how much of the Arab world does.

BadgerHawk on October 29, 2007 at 6:38 PM

Torpedo this whale.

omnipotent on October 29, 2007 at 6:41 PM

She has the whole tape on her blog already, old news in New York.

Why did O’Reilly get so upset when that moonbat did this to him? I mean if you can dish it out you should be able to take it, right?

Or is Bill too busy protecting Geraldo from being an honest man?

AprilOrit on October 29, 2007 at 6:42 PM

I applaud when O’Reilly confronts liberal Judges who repetedly fail to punish dangerous felons. I would prefer to see him leave Rosie alone. She’s a pathetic person who has destroyed her credibility – what is he doing this for, other than ratings?

Dork B. on October 29, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Call it sport, call it entertainment, call it “low hanging fruit”. A jolly time was had by all.

stonemeister on October 29, 2007 at 6:42 PM

I think he did this because it comes on the heels of our former POTUS, Clinton, being heckled on this very subject. The subject needs to be addressed. She has an audience that is more than willing to listen to her. How willing will they be to support her voice?

Pam on October 29, 2007 at 6:50 PM

I personally have never favored ambushes, of any kind – guns or cameras. Geraldo was very big on this, it was the very cornerstone of his career.

I thought it was disgusting when Michelle was ambushed by Max Blumentahl at C-PAC. There is really no place in America for this kind of behavior.

And in Bill’s case I feel if you do it it will evidently be done to you, karma is a boomerang. But Bill is the type who cannot handle it when it is done to him.

Look, let’s be honest, it’s no secret in New York that during that whole Andrea Mackris debacle he laid very low because he was fearful of who was lurking with a camera and microphone.

AprilOrit on October 29, 2007 at 6:52 PM

Call it sport, call it entertainment, call it “low hanging fruit”. A jolly time was had by all.

Exactly what the moonbats over at HuffPost said when Max Blumenthal did it to Michelle. And what they were dying to see happen to O’Reilly during his fall from grace.

It’s inappropiate behavior all around, entertainment for the hateful and childish.

AprilOrit on October 29, 2007 at 6:54 PM

ur wrong dork b
they said, ro is
fair game 4 bill.

i guess u guys r right

stop
think
breathe

Dork B. on October 29, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Whether Jessie whats-his-name is asking Rosie to comment on Truthers and what she siad or Max Blumenthalm is shoving a picture of Manzanar in Michelle’s face and asking her to autograph it, it’s all dirty pool.

And anyone who relishes these off putting situations needs to have their head examined or maybe take up S&M instead.

AprilOrit on October 29, 2007 at 7:50 PM

Leftists, always willing, ready, and able to censor the “Free Speech” of others, while hiding behind the excuse “We are just expressing our free speech.”

William

William2006 on October 29, 2007 at 8:05 PM

So Rosie has the Homo SS taking down camera men?

Hening on October 29, 2007 at 8:24 PM

I am watching the segment with the Tonya Reiman, the fact that Bill O’Reilly thinks he is the one who has to hold everyone and anyone accountable is really too much.

Who died and left him in charge or who does he believe died and left him in charge of the ship…LOL?

AprilOrit on October 29, 2007 at 8:57 PM

Oh, AllahPundit, will you end this charade! Stop covering up for them you Bilderberger bastard! We know you’re just a pawn of Bill Kristol in the Illuminati, and we will expose you!

RightWinged on October 29, 2007 at 8:57 PM

OMG, O’Reilly is even offering to go to bat for a stranger writing in – woman who wrote in that her daughters were shamed by a teacher because they opted out of sex ed.

Did he really just ask her if she wanted him to “handle it”?

The man has some superiority complex, Michelle is better off far away from that show and him. He is really out of control.

AprilOrit on October 29, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Rosie a liar … no surprise there.

I wonder if she knew that steel melts at processing mills every day.

AprilOrit on October 29, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Huh? I didn’t see anything of the sort. Are you sure you’re not just trying to find a way to be offended?

Ryan Gandy on October 29, 2007 at 9:52 PM

Oh my goodness…what on earth was that look on McCallum’s face? She almost snarled…did she snarl? She snarled.

Jaibones on October 29, 2007 at 10:49 PM

What a gal: overweight, overwrought, over-indulgent, over-inflated, and overrated as throwaway entertainment: America’s Sexually-Disturbed Menopausal Nightmare

Janos Hunyadi on October 29, 2007 at 11:12 PM

The past few weeks of the Big OR sideshow has only proven to me that Bill is the one out of control. Visions of grandeur/way above the little folk? Did anyone note tonight that he challenged Judge Napolitano on law? It’s become a chore to keep changing channels and decide to give it one more chance, only to change it again. Flipping back, decided it was better to watch just about anything other than the “ahem” bloviator. He is getting nasty and needs no guests – only time to hear himself. Why does he bother to have guests, and now sending out the FOX stormtroopers to catch on tape anyone that is clearly in need of some type of therapy?

24K lady on October 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Area 51 was an inside job.

Rosie’s from Uranus.

profitsbeard on October 30, 2007 at 1:49 AM

The past few weeks of the Big OR sideshow has only proven to me that Bill is the one out of control. Visions of grandeur/way above the little folk? Did anyone note tonight that he challenged Judge Napolitano on law? It’s become a chore to keep changing channels and decide to give it one more chance, only to change it again. Flipping back, decided it was better to watch just about anything other than the “ahem” bloviator. He is getting nasty and needs no guests – only time to hear himself. Why does he bother to have guests, and now sending out the FOX stormtroopers to catch on tape anyone that is clearly in need of some type of therapy?

I agree, he really needs to stop being such a high-hatted self-lauding bore who cherry picks his stories.

Point in check, he never covered the YAF at MSU inviting Holocaust denier Nick Griffin to speak last week. For someone who touts himself as being a fair and balanced Independent and blew it. He is turning into a major idealougue like Hannity and Olbermann. They cherry pick their stories, we expect it from them, they have never presented themselves as balanced independents, they’re both loons and we all know it.

O’Reilly needs to stop, he really is becoming his own worst enemy. If I tune in to hear an alleged Independent voice, that’s what I want and expect to hear.

I was especially disappointed that he chose not to report about the YAF, which is apparantly a pack of Far Right Wing nutjob loons that the college Republicans up there want nothing to do with. I guess Bill is afraid.

AprilOrit on October 30, 2007 at 2:15 AM

What is ambushing? Rosie appeared to be at a function with other people around. That’s not an ambush.

It is appropriate to approach someone in this way if they are holding themselves aloof from the media while making comments designed to effect the debate.

Is it McCarthyesque to go after people who make a living by lying and villifying others. I do not think so.

Some of the comments sound like little kids in school “Oh! look what little Johnny did, lets tell on him” I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of posters were Demonrats writing between laughing hysterically at the holier than thou comments about big bad O’Reilly.

Don’t worry about the Fairness Doctrine, we conservatives will make O’Reilly conform to what we think he should do.

davod on October 30, 2007 at 6:15 AM

What is ambushing?

Ambushing is something you do to a conservative whom you’ve invited to be a guest on your show; see also Tom Selleck.

saint kansas on October 30, 2007 at 10:37 AM

Watch carefully (when the the WTC complex falls down) that reality.

Now watch carefully when Rosie the “Blimp”, “Whale” etc. tries to walk and chew gum (or is it her cud) at the same time. She has to stop to chew and take a breath.

MSGTAS on October 30, 2007 at 10:53 AM

I am actually sorry that Bill and Michelle couldn’t work things out. I fully understand her reasons for not appearing on his show.

What I also see is the sound of silence that it left when she departed. The stories you want to see covered were best stated when she guest hosted or was a guest of Bill’s. Michelle gave a voice to those very stories. Michelle also had a platform on the highest cable news program. What other conservative blogger/blog owner, author and columnist can you think of that had that? Her appearances infuriated the left. They just don’t have that kind of platform. Michelle gave credibility to all of the bloggers. Michelle gave credibility to the conservative movement.

Michelle still appears on other programs, but it just isn’t the same.

I wish they could privately work this out, but I won’t hold my breath. We need Michelle on the airwaves.

Pam on October 30, 2007 at 10:59 AM

It is appropriate to approach someone in this way if they are holding themselves aloof from the media while making comments designed to effect the debate.

The same could be said about Bill O’Reilly who during the whole Andrea Mackris debacle had a book for children, “The O’Reilly Factor For Kids”, coming out at the same time.

It’s kind of ridiculous when the person doing the “going after” is a hypocrite who was caught lying with a tape of what he said somewhere out there just waiting to be heard.

AprilOrit on October 30, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Janos Hunyadi on October 29, 2007
Simply put, she’s over. Done. Finis.

Doug on October 30, 2007 at 11:06 AM

Janos Hunyadi on October 29, 2007
Simply put, she’s over. Done. Finis.

Who cares about her, she has no power, her fans are a bunch of left leaning Long Island housewives and theater people who know nothing and care very little about politics. In the broad septrum scheme of things she’s really a nobody.

I would rather see O’Reilly confront Ron Paul who has some clout as another poster suggested, or that wackjob king of the truthers, the one who confronted Danny B.

AprilOrit on October 30, 2007 at 1:42 PM

If this were a prize fight, I’d score the round for Rosie, 5-4. I just hit Rosie’s site. She has another version of the episode up, which includes some comments after O’Reilly’s people were escorted out. Link: http://www.rosie.com/

First, as others have posted, these ambushes for the most part should be avoided. So O’Reilly starts out negative. Rosie gets major points for making the manager stop putting his hand in front of the camera and actually talking to the guy. She loses points, of course, for her denial that, though technically true, was still spin. If O’Reilly’s guy had asked the right question by quoting from the start exactly what Rosie had said instead of interpreting what she obviously meant by her comments, I might have given the round to O’Reilly, depending upon how Rosie reacted. She’s a seasoned performer and has had plenty of experience with hecklers.

Overall, O’Reilly would do well to stay away from someone like Rosie, instead of showing her at a book signing and maybe helping her sell books.

EconomicNeocon on October 30, 2007 at 2:28 PM

EconomicNeocon

Agreed, but let’s just for a moment imagine the outrage had someone shown up at O’Reilly’s signing during the whole Mackris situation shoving a microphone in his face asking for comment on why he he would do such a inappropriate thing when he is trying to sell a book for kids.

He would have not only had them thrown out, he would have had security remove the film from their camera.

At least she was civil. And you are right, people who dislike him or think he is a ridiculous megalamanic will buy her book.

As usual he is only drawing attention to someone who doesn’t deserve it, I do not know why he continues to do this time and time again. She is not the first.

AprilOrit on October 30, 2007 at 2:52 PM