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Double Roll: ThinkProgress Ambushes Jesse Watters; Watters Posts His Own View

Friday at the Values Voter Summit, a ThinkProgress.org staffer caught up with FNC producer Jesse Watters, known for his ambush interviews which end up on The O’Reilly Factor. The ThinkProgress staffer whipped out his flip cam and began asking questions about his colleague Amanda Terkel, who was ambushed by Watters earlier this year. At one point Watters asks, “so you’re trying to ambush the ambusher?”

Watters had his own Fox News cameraman by his side and tells him, “shoot this, shoot this…” And he did. Here’s the FNC point of view:

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O’Reilly Attacks Zucker, Ambushee To Guest On Olbermann

oreilly_3-24.bmpBill O’Reilly spent his “Back of the Book” segment last night playing clips of the Amanda Terkel ambush and addressing the controversy that came from his Alexa Foundation appearance. She has since responded, and she’ll appear tonight on Countdown with Keith Olbermann (around 9:45pmET, due to Pres. Obama’s news conference).

But then O’Reilly turned his attention to NBC — and Jeff Zucker. “Elements at NBC News then encouraged the loons to protest the Alexa Foundation,” said O’Reilly.

Zucker, says O’Reilly, is the “man behind the curtain.” “Zucker is the guy who hires the hate, the executive who allows NBC’s airwaves to harm innocent people,” said O’Reilly. “With NBC’s programming a disaster he is almost single-handedly ruining a once-great brand.”

An NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser: “NBC News has absolutely no connection to Think Progress or Amanda Terkel. As usual, Bill O’Reilly’s preposterous comments and wildly inaccurate accusations about us simply underscore his utter disregard for the truth.”

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Anatomy of an Ambush

watters_3-23.jpgThe O’Reilly Factor is known for its ambushes, and producer Jesse Watters is usually the one doing the ambushing.

ThinkProgress.org’s Amanda Terkel writes about her personal experience this Saturday.

Terkel says she was on vacation a few hours from her D.C. home when Watters and another FNCer approached her and “immediately began asking me why I was causing ‘pain and suffering’ to the Alexa Foundation.”

Bill O’Reilly was the featured speaker at an Alexa Foundation (an organization that helps families of rape victims) benefit this weekend. Terkel wrote earlier this month about comments O’Reilly made about a rape victim in 2006 and 2007.

“O’Reilly never asked me for a statement nor invited me on his show before sending Watters to harass me,” writes Terkel. We hear the ambush will be discussed on tonight’s Factor.