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Rep. Barney Frank Claims Bias in Fox Biz Interview

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) went on Melissa Francis‘s Fox Business show last night talking about the economy and jobs. “If you look at where we are with the unemployment rate at 8.2% it has ticked higher,” said Francis. “The GDP number of below 2% is not great…”

“I understand the Fox perspective here,” said Frank. “No. Those are numbers!” responded Francis.

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Bill & Barney Round 2: “We’re Making A Lot of Progress Here. Pretty Soon We’ll Be Going Camping Together”

BOBF_6.24.jpgThey disagreed, but were civil. They talked over each other, but both made their points. Tonight’s Bill O’Reilly, Rep. Barney Frank face-off was, actually, meaningful. That is if you care about issues including the defense of marriage act, spending cuts and banking regulation. And no one stormed off.

At the end of the first segment, O’Reilly even said, “We have some common ground. We’re making a lot of progress here congressman. Pretty soon we’ll be going camping together.”

By the end of the conversation, O’Reilly asked, “We gave you your say tonight. Are you happy?” After a pause, Frank responded, “No, I’m never happy with everything, Bill.”

Here’s part one about prisoner abuse photos and DOMA.

Here’s part two about budget/spending cuts, health care reform and a continuation of their first interview – the banking system.

Barney Frank Cuts CNBC Interview Short

Rep. Barney Frank appeared on CNBC this morning, ahead of today’s executive pay hearing. “We’ll try to keep it brief so you can do the job you’re there to do,” said Mark Haines at the beginning of the interview.

He just didn’t know it would be this brief. After some back-and-forth with Haines (around the five minute mark), Frank got annoyed. “I apologize, but this interview is over,” he said. “I get three different questions, different angles, I try to respond, you want to interrupt because you don’t like what I’m saying, then you can find someone else to interview.”

Arianna Huffington Studies Up for Her CNBC Co-Host Gig

Huffington_3.30.jpgArianna Huffington says she’s finally putting her Cambridge economics degree to good use. Tomorrow she’ll co-host CNBC’s Squawk Box. In fact, she booked four of the guests on the show, including Rep. Barney Frank, economist Nouriel Roubini and author Nassim Taleb.

Huffington joked it’ll be real show of Mediterranean economic prowess with the Turkish-born Roubini, Taleb, who is Lebanese, and Athens-born Huffington. We talked with Huffington this afternoon about her guest-hosting gig:

TVNewser: Why are you doing this?

Huffington: I was invited to do it while I was in Davos. (Huffington was a guest on CNBC while at the World Economic Forum earlier this year). It was a lot of fun and they said ‘would you like to come to co-host the show?’ So we picked that day and it turns out to be on a day that an enormous amount has happened.

TVNewser: Last week you asked for suggestions from HuffPo readers about what to ask your guests. How have they responded?

Huffington: Amazing. Hundreds of suggestions. Once again I am full of respect and admiration for our commenters. Thoughtful, erudite, detailed and they have definitely shaped the questions I am going to be asking.

TVNewser: Two CNBC personalities recently drew the ire of the White House for their criticisms of Obama’s economic policies, and you yourself have been critical of Secy. [of Treasury Timothy] Geithner. Has CNBC asked you to tone down the delivery of your opinion on the show?

Huffington: No. Nothing at all. They did not question any of my choices of guests. They didn’t even ask me to change my accent.

TVNewser: You’ve been doing more cable news guest-hosting, recently filling in for Rachel Maddow. Do you like the role of co-host over that of pundit?

Huffington: I think that it was fun guest hosting for Rachel. She has a great team. I loved working with them. “Squawk Box” is different. It has a very special target of economic news. It is much more detailed and I have enjoyed that.

Huffington says she finds the story of the troubled economy “absorbing.” “I’m finally grateful that I got a degree in economics.” But she stresses her disappointment with the Obama administration and their promise of transparency saying, they’ve been “extremely opaque.”

Later Now on WebNewser: Huffington on the new investigative journalism endeavor coming to The Huffington Post…

O’Reilly: Future Debate Moderator?

oreilly_10-3.jpgMarketwatch’s Jon Friedman has an idea to spice up the presidential debates — have Bill O’Reilly serve as moderator.

Friedman interviewed O’Reilly about the idea, and the FNC anchor enjoyed the prospect. “I’d love to host the debates,” O’Reilly said. “A lot of people would watch.”

O’Reilly said the current moderators were fine but “too nice,” Friedman writes: “He grinned and said with characteristic bluster, ‘I’d be, ‘What do you mean?!’”

Anyway, let’s get to last night’s debate. No, not the Biden/Palin match-up, the one on FNC 30 minutes earlier. It was O’Reilly vs. Rep. Barney Frank about the financial crisis, and it was…heated.

O’Reilly calls him a “coward.” Frank says O’Reilly is “too dumb to understand.”

Alright, enough talk. Just click continued to watch the whole thing…

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A “Big, Fat” Interview on The Factor

frank_10-2.jpgRemember when Bill O’Reilly called Rep. Barney Frank a “big, fat toad” on the radio last week?

Well, set your TiVos, because Frank’s about to enter the No Spin Zone.

He will be a guest on The O’Reilly Factor tonight at 8pmET to talk about the financial crisis.

Click continued to see O’Reilly’s Talking Points memo Tuesday where he calls out Frank, among others in Congress…

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O’Reilly Takes on the Corrupt Politicians and One “Big, Fat Toad”

BOR_9.25.jpgBill O’Reilly went absolutely batshit on his radio show today. He went after conservative talk radio (“Kool-Aid drinking idiots”), Rep. Barney Frank, (“big, fat toad”), Sen. Chris Dodd (“It’s you Dodd, you knew!!), even Pres. Bush (“It’s Bush’s fault. It happened on Bush’s watch.”)

O’Reilly summed it up by saying, “The next politician that gets up there and points a finger, I’m going to go after them myself! Shut up!”

Johnny Dollar has the audio