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Obama to O’Reilly: ‘These Things Keep on Surfacing Because You and Your TV Station Will Promote Them’

ObamaOReillySuperBowlThe handful of questions Bill O’Reilly asked in his pre-Super Bowl interview with Pres. Obama came from a shortlist of the last couple years of White House blunders including healthcare.gov, the attack in Benghazi, and the IRS scandal. Toward the end of the 10-minute interview the president even called out O’Reilly and Fox News.

“These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” said the president.

O’Reilly began with the with Healthcare.gov glitches and why the president “didn’t fire Sebelius” speaking of HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius, charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act. “I promise you we hold everyone up and down the line accountable,” said the president. “But our main focus is how to make this thing work.”

O’Reilly then asked if it “was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation, over and over, if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance?”

“Oh Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes,” said the President.

Things got more contentious when O’Reilly asked about the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi and the IRS scandal. “So there was no mass corruption?” O’Reilly asked about the 2013 IRS debacle. “There were some boneheaded decisions,” said the president, “[But] not even a smidgeon of corruption.”

“I know you think maybe we haven’t been fair, but I think your heart is in the right place,” said O’Reilly to Obama.

As he was getting the wrap from Fox Sports producers, he tried to get the president to pick a Super Bowl winner. “I think it’s going to be 24-21. But I don’t know who’s going to be 24 and who’s going to be 21,” said Obama.

A second interview, which will air on tomorrow’s “O’Reilly Factor,” was recorded after the live interview. Watch today’s interview after the jump…

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Cablers Carry Arlen Specter Town Hall Live

It’s not every day that all three cable news networks air a live town hall hosted by a senator from Pennsylvania. But Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are this morning, Sen. Arlen Specter, the republican-turned-democrat, is holding a town hall in Lebanon, PA.

Nine days ago at a town hall in Philadelphia, Specter along with HHS Secy. Kathleen Sebelius hosted a meeting that put these August recess town halls on the news media map.

Security guards are present inside and outside the town hall meeting this morning in Lebanon. Said one angry constituent to Specter: “One day God is going to judge you and the rest of your damn cronies on the hill.”

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> Related: Pew’s PEJ has found the town hall meetings have fueled the news media’s coverage of healthcare reform during the last week…

Abortion Doctor Who Was Focus of O’Reilly Segments For Years is Shot Dead

Tiller_5.31.bmpA 51-year-old man is in custody accused in the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions and who found himself the focus of commentary by FNC’s Bill O’Reilly for the last several years.

Tiller was shot inside his church in Wichita at 10am this morning.

As recently as May 12, O’Reilly discussed Tiller and his support of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. “She supported Tiller the baby killer out there,” he said to a guest, adopting a name critics had been using for years. (During her confirmation hearing last month, Sebelius said that between 1994 and 2001 she’d received more than $12,000 in campaign contributions from Dr. Tiller, a fact reported on several other Fox News programs as well, but not on CNN or MSNBC.)

But O’Reilly’s stories on Dr. Tiller go back to at least 2006. The show first began looking into whether Tiller performed illegal abortions and covered up child rape cases. In November, 2006 O’Reilly reported Tiller had performed late-term abortions to alleviate the pregnant woman’s “temporary depression.” A few weeks later O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters traveled to Wichita and confronted Tiller’s attorney Pedro Irigonegary. Waters would write later, “He happened to be outside just as our van pulled in… and we sprang out with the cameras rolling.”

During the confrontation Irigonegary told Waters, “What’s important in this issue is not whether Mr. O’Reilly thinks that he is an expert on depression or not. What’s important is what medical people and a woman going through a difficult process decided what’s her best interest. I don’t care what Mr. O’Reilly thinks.”

TVNewser has learned O’Reilly will give his first public comment on Dr. Tiller’s murder tomorrow night on his show.

Bob Schieffer’s Convention Look-Back

CBSSM_8.23.jpgTomorrow on CBS News Sunday Morning — as he prepares for the Democratic National Convention in Denver — Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer takes a look at political conventions past and present: the good, the bad and the just plain baffling. Schieffer also recounts some his own favorite experiences at the conventions; among them, getting a lesson in meditation from poet Allen Ginsberg in 1972.

Schieffer follows up the Sunday Morning piece by anchoring Face the Nation live from Denver. His guests include Gov. Ed Rendell, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and one-time VP shortlister Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Reporters Briefed on DNC Details

dncclogo_8-11.JPGThe Democratic National Convention Committee held a conference call this morning for reporters covering the convention. TVNewser was on the line as we’ll be there in Denver, covering the “news about the news.” Chris will be in Minneapolis to cover the RNC a week later.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a convention co-chair, and Anita Dunn, an adviser to Sen. Barack Obama, briefed us on the themes and keynote speakers for each night of the convention and the “America’s Town Hall” feature.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell had the first question for Sebelius about Sebelius: whether she is a VP possibility. The governor says she’s “enthusiastic about doing anything,” to help Obama. Mitchell also asked about Elizabeth Edwards‘ potential involvement. Dunn confirmed neither John nor Elizabeth Edwards will be attending.

FNC’s Jim Angle asked for more details about the Town Hall participants at the convention. They’ll be coming later this week/early next week. Also, the full schedule of speakers and times will be released “later this week.”

Click continued to see the release on the themes and keynote speakers…

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