Dana Milbank put his finger on exactly what was wrong with Bill O’Reilly’s pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama. “Sometimes he argued with Obama as though the president were a guest on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’,” Milbank wrote.Has Capehart forgotten Helen Thomas? Does he consider Sam Donaldson a hostile figure of media-past, rightfully inhabiting the dustbin of bad reportage? Doubtful. No president should be above honest questioning and all should be clipped when they won't answer. O'Reilly was far from disrespectful, which is the difference.
Then there was that moment when Obama spoke truth to power in response to O’Reilly’s self-reverential question about how he treats the president. “Do you think I’m being unfair to you, do you think I’ve been giving you,” the Fox anchor said before Obama interrupted. “Absolutely. Of course you have, Bill,” Obama said. “But, I like you anyway, Bill.”Wait, the President "spoke truth to power"? THE PRESIDENT IS THE POWER, JONATHAN! He cannot speak truth to power to anyone, including Putin. In fact almost every reporter who interviews the prez asks the same questions then sits back and watches the First Professor filibuster through meandering explanations, as if teaching a course. O'Reilly was trying to get answers to a few questions that have never been fully answered. That Obama said something like "not a smidgin" of corruption happened in the IRS targeting scandal while the investigation is still ongoing (and the FBI won't comment) was a newsworthy outcome of the piece. Who else has asked?
But hey, nobody on the right expects a liberal Democrat columnist with the Post to view the interview as anything other than an unfair hatchet job and probably racist. Capehart is so deep in his own bubble he can't even reason that Fox News was number one during almost all of the Bush presidency and will do just fine with a President Hillary or anyone else. That's because he doesn't realize it's the Jonathan Capeharts of the mainstream American media that drive Fox's ratings. People like seeing reporters speak truth to power.