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Monday, June 09, 2008

Bill Moyers Turns the Tables

If you ever watch the nastiness that is the O'Reilly Factor, one of the tactics the program likes to use is the ambush interview. The idea is basically attack the unsuspecting victim with loaded questions to illicit a certain response so once edited they can go "See, I was right!”

It’s a way that O'Reilly tries to appear like a journalist or anyone with credibility while not actually doing the work that credibility requires...say doing the work yourself. Instead he sends his lapdog Factor producer Porter Berry to do the work for him. In general the tactic works because most of the targets but then most of their targets don't have the wealth of experience that Bill Moyers has.

The result is the tables are quickly turned on Porter in the below unedited footage has his loaded questions are pushed aside and he is confronted with his own behavior and that of his stations. It is hilarious to watch. To bad more don't have the quick wittedness to do that more often to Porter. I just wonder what will air on the O'Reilly Factor because I guarantee some choice editing will occur because rule #1 is do not embarrass O'Reilly.

Update: Check out the second video to see what O'Reilly put on the air just as a sign of how misleading he can be in his "reporting." His crew took a 10 minute exchange and reduced it to about 10 seconds, removing all context. Then he allow his resident hack, Tonya Reiman, do a body language "reading" to fill out the time since the footage was mostly un-usable for his purposes.

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