If it wasn’t apparent by now, Bill O’Reilly believes reporters covering the White House should follow his example.
He spent much of last week congratulating himself for his Super Bowl Sunday interview, even going as far to suggest that his nationally televised question-and-answer with President Obama will “go down in journalistic history as what should be done.”
By not grilling Obama about issues like Benghazi — as O’Reilly did during the pre-Super Bowl interview — the top rated pundit on cable news has contended that the press is giving the President a pass.
O’Reilly continued that theme on Monday night.
“Now it’s troubling that the questions I asked were not asked before,” O’Reilly said at the top of his program. “I mean, what the heck is the national press doing?”
After arguing once again that “many in the media are protecting President Obama,” O’Reilly identified two reporters who meet his standards.
“Two White House correspondents, [Fox News Channel’s] Ed Henry and ABC’s Jonathan Karl, are the exceptions to the rule. They do ask hard questions.”
Henry is a reliable deliverer of Fox-fueled criticism during press briefings. He was mocked and dismissed in 2012 after he asked Obama if his administration was secretly hoping gas prices would continue to rise – a popular Fox meme at the time.
Karl, meanwhile, is a frequent sparring partner with White House press secretary Jay Carney.