Jonathan Chait of New York magazine APTLY CHARACTERIZES the video clip below:
The subject of the debate is Bill O’Reilly’s belief, widely shared within the conservative bubble, that President Obama has offered no concessions on long-term spending cuts. This is factually untrue — Obama has offered a plan including more than a trillion dollars in reduced spending to a variety of programs, including Medicare and Social Security, as well as the reduced spending on interest payments. Obama’s budget alsot also details his proposed cuts to scores of programs in an extensive 205-page document.
But the lack of Obama spending cuts is a Fox News Fact, and as such, O’Reilly believes in it with unswerving devotion. He loudly and belligerently insists Obama “hasn’t even submitted any proposals” and “he just says, we want to raise taxes.” When Alan Colmes manages to interject that Obama has offered a proposal that has more spending cuts than tax increases, O’Reilly insists Obama’s offer is vague and begins insisting Obama has not mentioned any specific programs he wants to cut.
O’Reilly pivots from denouncing Obama for failing to name any specific cuts to denouncing Colmes as a liar and claiming that Colmes has failed to name any specific programs that Obama would cut. This is where the segment truly achieves its Fox News transcendence. After all, the viewing audience surely believes O’Reilly that Obama has not named any programs that he would cut.
UPDATE: O’Reilly got a bit of blowback last night for his tirade, as we see HERE:
Kirsten Powers say down with Bill O’Reilly tonight clearly prepared to rebut him over allegations he made during his shouting match with Alan Colmes last night over whether or not President Obama has offered any specific spending cuts. Powers had in her hand a document from the White House website showing Obama had proposed specific Medicare cuts, and despite O’Reilly’s protestations, she told him, “Bill, you are a hundred percent wrong.”
Powers told O’Reilly she was “shocked” he is doubling down on his claims, referring to a document she printed out detailing $400 billion in cuts President Obama proposed for federal health care spending. O’Reilly told her to slow down, referred to himself as a “simple man,” and asked her specifically what Obama would cut, to which Powers called O’Reilly out for trying to change his argument.