The O’Reilly Factor was among the original programs when Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in October 1996. And O’Reilly, 66, has presided over the No. 1 show on cable news for the past 14 years and the No. 1 show at 8 p.m. for the last 16 years — The Factor averages 3.2 million viewers in 2016, its most watched start since 2010. He’s got a direct line to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, whom O’Reilly has known since 1990. “[He was] pretty bombastic then, and he’s bombastic now,” he says. “Smart guy, very aggressive.”
O’Reilly’s penchant to diverge from conservative orthodoxy has made him a unique and influential voice in U.S. media. He has secured interviews with prominent Democrats, including President Obama and presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. If he has been a consistent critic of the president, he is openly complimentary of the first lady: “Every event I’ve seen her at, every single one, she has been so nice to everybody and gracious,” he says. “People don’t know that about her, but she really is, I think, a special woman.”
He maintains a “cordial” relationship with Hillary Clinton’s team. She called to thank him for defending her when she made her clumsy “dead broke” comment in 2014. “The jackals swarmed. And I’m saying hold it, when you come from a place where she came from you see money differently, because I come from that place,” he explains. “And she appreciated that. But see that’s the kind of thing that I’ll do. I’m not in the business of ideology.”
Lately, the father of two and New York native, who studied broadcast journalism at Boston University before becoming a TV reporter and host of Inside Edition, has grown his résumé to include best-selling author (the next installment in his Killing series, Killing the Rising Sun, bows Sept. 13), and producer of NatGeo TV adaptations of his books. Last year’s Killing Jesus delivered nearly 4 million viewers; Killing Reagan is in production in Atlanta. Meanwhile, he executive produces his Legends & Lies series, which recently kicked off season two on Fox News and examines heroes of the American Revolution. (The first season improved weekend ratings by nearly 50 percent.) O’Reilly invited THR to his midtown Manhattan office to talk Trump versus Hillary and why the conventions will be the “Super Bowl of politics.”
Are there any shows on competing networks that you like to watch?
I sample everything. I watch 60 Minutes. They know what they’re doing over there. That’s a legacy show that I watch, but that’s about it.
Do you miss Jon Stewart?
I do. He’s a very talented guy. But now he’s a goat herder — or something weird. He’s wandering the hills of New Jersey. I don’t know what he’s doing.
What do people on the street say to you when they recognize you?
They’re always nice. But I’m 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, and I don’t look like I’m going to be real accepting of insults. I’ve got that Irish swagger. Almost 100 percent of the time, people are very nice.
– By Marisa Guthrie Hollywood Reporter
It seems Country producers are just not good enough to produce Country anymore you need a R&B producer to do that.
It is another so called Country Night out as CMT continues to destroy country as we know it. I suppose they are just after ratings, and to get the ratings, Country must be sacrificed for the Dollars to roll in. So as most of the so called modern day Country stars are all so middle of the road wannabee Pop, Rock and Rap stars CMT needs to find a way to make the show viable.
So this year they will add the R&B star Pharrell Williams as everybody loves Pharrell, he should pump up the ratings tremendously.
Oh and why not add superstars Pitbull and Leona Lewis too, even I love Pitbull’s music, that would in itself make a really good show. But that’s not quite enough a little Cheap Trick for Rockers and maybe some Fifth Harmony. Finally just to fool the masses, not that they have to be fooled anymore, add, Oak Ridge Boys after all it is a Country Show you know.
Are you ready for Country Music’s biggest stars at tonight’s 2016 CMT Music Awards? Off course you are, you don’t care anymore if its Country, Rock, Pop or Rap you just wanna party, don’t you just?
Sometimes trying to see the truth about yourself is like trying to see inside your own eyeballs. ‘…Who can discern their own errors…?’ the Psalmist asked. Fortunately, you’re not left on your own. The Spirit is already at work in you. Your job is simply to listen and respond. Guilt isn’t your enemy, sin is. God’s Spirit will often bring a sense of conviction, and when it does, the proper response isn’t to try and suppress the guilt but to deal with the issue. When you don’t, those issues can build up like cholesterol in your arteries. At a moment of great crisis, Samson arose to exert his strength, ‘…but he did not know that the Lord had left him’ (Judges 16:20). He’d become callous and lost his sensitivity to God. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to warn us about what ails them, if we learn to read the signs. Chest pains may indicate heart trouble and there are more subtle clues. Most of us will have seen the TV ad from the NHS about detecting when someone is having a stroke (FAST) Face, Arms, Speech, Time. God will enable you to find the truth about your soul if you’re open and willing. Left to yourself, you will usually rationalize or defend yourself. You’ll ‘…call evil good and good evil…’(Isaiah 5:20). At the other extreme, you can become a neurotic over-analyzer. Madame Guyon warned against ‘depending on the diligence of your own scrutiny rather than on God for the knowledge and discovery of our sin.’ What’s the answer? Allow your thoughts and responses to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Prayer Heavenly Father,
help me listen to Your Spirit that nudges me to see the blind spots in my life that need my attention
In Jesus’ Name, Amen