The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

31 October 2007

Bill O'Reilly Producer Confronts Rosie O'Donnell


Bill Unveils Solution For Shy, Would-Be 'Guests'

From FOX News confrontationalist Bill O'Reilly, here's a tip for talk hosts everywhere: when a prospective guest proves reluctant to appear, simply bring the show to them!

And what better guinea pig to test the O'Reilly Factor's new booking approach than with well- known introvert Rosie O'Donnell!

The end result has proven infinitely more entertaining than anything seen during Tuesday night's Democrat Party debate. Rosie caught off- guard in this setting is scarier than all of the ghosts and goblins visible during tonight's trick- or- treating.

And for good measure, Big O's producer even managed to catch the thin- skinned former View bigmouth in a bit of a fib.


In the video, filmed this weekend at a book signing in Huntington, N.Y., producer Jesse Watters asks O'Donnell why she won't return phone calls from The O'Reilly Factor, which is trying to secure her as a guest on the program.

"We've called you 100 times," Watters says on the tape. O'Donnell's reply: "If Bill wants me, he should tell me himself. He is a big boy. He is a grown-up."

O'Reilly, 58, has loudly criticized O'Donnell, 45, for what he considers her reprehensible views about the 9/11 attacks on America. In the video, Watters tells O'Donnell: "Rosie, he wants to know if you regret saying that 9/11 was an inside job?"

O'Donnell shoots back: "I did not say that. He is quoting the wrong people."

She then repeatedly asks a colleague of Watters' to put down his camera, and the pair are eventually moved away from her.

"Sir, you're done," she calls after Watters. "Get out of the store. You made your point, you have your tape, go home. Skip home happily."

One problem: Rosie did all but call 9-11 an inside job, even if she did use verbal trickery in saying so. From YouTube (start at 4:22 into the clip):

In the new confrontation, Factor producer Jesse Watters does a great job egging on O'Donnell without overstepping his bounds. After all, he did approach her in a public place and remained civil:

What makes this booking method so ingenious is that it has forced O'Donnell back into the debate, whether she wanted to be there or not. In the world of talk television, a quiet Rosie is bad for business. So what does it take to once again bring her into the fray? Producer Watters and O'Reilly have clearly discovered the proper formula.

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  • "Factor producer Jesse Watters does a great job egging on O'Donnell without overstepping his bounds."

    Oh? Really?

    "After all, he did approach her in a public place and remained civil..."

    Ya think??

    "What makes this booking method so ingenious is that it has forced O'Donnell back into the debate, whether she wanted to be there or not."


    "Producer Watters and O'Reilly have clearly discovered the proper formula."

    We'll see...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 31 October, 2007 00:59  

  • Brian, you should read some of the comments on BOTH videos. I just may have stumbled on the relatives of some of those who post their Anti-American bilge water on this site. And you know who I am referring to of course.

    If you ask me Jihad Rosie is a coward--if no one can come to the Factor, the Factor will come to them. You see the Corrupt Corporate Communist Press (The new CCCP--the way the Russians used to spell Soviet Union) loves to cover the asses of their moonbat leftist pals everywhere. When someone comes with ACTUAL FACTS and TRUTH and a belief that America is right, these commies take a major offense to it.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 31 October, 2007 08:49  

  • Brian,

    I very strongly disagree with you on this. It is one thing for O'Reilly to send his producers out in search of public officials, but quite another to send them after a private citizen (even if appearing at a public book signing). Just as private citizens have a right to speak, they also have a right NOT to speak.

    What O'Reilly is doing is not ingenious -- it's boorish.

    By Blogger Justin, at 31 October, 2007 14:53  

  • Justin,

    Remember, Rush Limbaugh is a private citizen, too.

    So were Majority Leader Harry Reid and the other 40 Democrat Sentaors who sent the letter to Rush's distribution partner boorish also?

    By Blogger Chromium, at 31 October, 2007 23:10  

  • MSM,

    For the record: I found the Limbaugh resolution to be an embarassing waste of time. Unprofessional conduct from US senators.

    That said: The two matters are completely different. I am not saying that O'Reilly doesn't have the right to be critical of a private citizen, just that he is being boorish(at best) when harassing them with a camera crew. O'Donnell does not have a responsibility to speak to O'Reilly's audience -- or anyone else -- if she doesn't want to.

    Again: Freedom of speech also includes the right not to speak. Do you disagree?

    By Blogger Justin, at 01 November, 2007 12:00  

  • Justin,

    Normally, I would agree that people should have the right not to speak.

    However, inflammatory remarks are a special case. Just as you normally can say what you want but you cannot shout "FIRE" in a crowded theater, I think that Rosie has inflamed the 9/11 inside job conspiracy group with her incorrect statements (Fire cannot melt steel.) and her ignoring reputable work, like what came out of Perdue University.

    I feel that in a very important case like this, Rosie should be confronted even if she does not like it. She should speak in standard declarative sentences and respond to contrary data, such as medieval blacksmithing and the Perdue U data.

    Personally, I think she is a seriously troubled woman, in many ways similar to a fallen child actor: She was the "Queen of Nice" at one point, but now she is best known as a left-wing lunatic.

    By Blogger Chromium, at 02 November, 2007 09:59  

  • Mention the name of Andrea Mackris and watch Billo Reilly's ambushing producer run for the hills.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 November, 2007 08:54  

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