Jorge Ramos offered a blunt and critical assessment of the American press this week, but Bill O’Reilly wanted to make sure the popular Spanish-language broadcaster wasn’t talking about him.
During an appearance on the “O’Reilly Factor” on Friday, Ramos expanded upon the comments he made in an interview this week with Politico. He told O’Reilly that many journalists are more concerned about maintaing friendly relations with their sources and complained that Washington, D.C. “feels like a club.”
But surely Ramos recognized there are exceptions to the rule, asked a smirking O’Reilly. The Fox News pundit did not like the answer he received.
“Of course there are exceptions, but we all have biases,” Ramos said. “You have your own biases. I mean, whenever you’re covering Obamacare or Benghazi or supporting the Republican Party more [than] the Democratic Party.”
O’Reilly, who has called himself a “traditionalist” for years while insisting that he’s every bit as tough on Republicans as Democrats, couldn’t believe his ears.
“Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa,” O’Reilly said. “Have you ever seen me do a softball interview with anybody?”
Ramos said he had indeed seen O’Reilly conduct tough interviews, but he added that he’s also seen O’Reilly “supporting more Republicans than Democrats.”
O’Reilly said that might be true “editorially,” but “never in an interview.” When O’Reilly lamented that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) won’t come on his show, Ramos observed that the program probably doesn’t have trouble attracting Republicans.