Bill O’Reilly Interview Targets Obama, Cable News Competitors

by | March 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM | Cable News, TV News

Bill O'Reilly (Photo: Fox News)

Bill O'Reilly (Photo: Fox News)

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is already known for delivering controversial talking points on his nightly TV show, but now he has taken to opining on all things politics to the conservative site Newsmax, saying President Obama is trying to impose a “nanny state,” reports the Huffington Post.

While O’Reilly referred to Obama as “a very sincere individual,” he was very clear on his belief that the President wants to “impose” laws “that say we’re going to take money from the wealth and give it to those who don’t have a lot of money” — a notion that goes against the conservative mindset.

During the Newsmax interview, which lasted nearly 15 minutes, O’Reilly, who referred to himself as a “competitive guy,” also touched on the troubles of CNN — the New York Times reports that CNN ratings have continued to slide since last year.

“CNN was at the top of the hill when we came in 13 1/2 years ago,” O’Reilly said. “They did not change with the times. We live in a very intense country, a very difficult time. CNN does not reflect that urgency … programs like ‘Larry King’ are a shadow of what they used to be.”

As for his thoughts on Fox News, obviously, he finds little fault. O’Reilly said fellow Fox hosts Glenn Beck is “a nice guy,” Greta Van Susteren is “a nice person,” Shepard Smith is “a nice personality,” and Sean Hannity is “a Republican,” a fact O’Reilly asserts is never shied away from.

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