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Bill O’Reilly: Sarah Palin ‘Won’t Come On,’ Wants to Give ‘A Speech’

bill o'reilly_304x200In a segment about embattled MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir last night, Bill O’Reilly had news for Howard Kurtz: they booked him after first asking Sarah Palin, who O’Reilly revealed won’t do his program for fear of mixing it up.

“Sarah Palin won’t do this program. She won’t come on the program because she doesn’t want to mix it up. She doesn’t! She wants to give a speech, and nobody gives speeches here. Okay? So she doesn’t come on,” O’Reilly said. “We invited her on tonight. You’re here instead. But I don’t begrudge Sarah Palin that. She can come on. She doesn’t come on, she does come on, whatever she wants to do. Okay? Fine.”

Palin’s PAC has sent a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness asking whether Bashir will be disciplined. She has also cancelled an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer. Bashir made the vile comments Friday, apologized Monday, and has hosted every day since.

The calls for Bashir to be punished have been the loudest on Fox News. Kurtz appeared twice on Fox news yesterday and wrote about it on FoxNews.com. Sean Hannity talked about it with Ann Coulter and put it to his audience, asking whether Bashir should be punished.

O’Reilly and Hannity clips after the jump…

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Brian Williams On White House Access: “We Were Pretty Stunned At How Much We Were Able To Record”

Williams Obama.jpgIn advance of the NBC News special “Inside the Obama White House” — set to air tomorrow and Wednesday at 9pmET — Brian Williams tells The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz that among the 150 hours of footage shot for the program, “there’s stuff we’ve never seen of how the White House operates…we were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be.”

Williams talks of “walking through the West Wing and Secretary [Hillary] Clinton drops by to see the president. To be in the hallway when the president walks by with a handful of M&Ms, popping them in his mouth as he goes to visit his chief of staff — it was unbelievable.”

“Inside the White House” is part of a forty-year NBC tradition of giving viewers behind-the-scenes insight into a new president’s day-to-day life. Kurtz reports that “Williams had to make the sale” to get access, though, “a lobbying effort that began before the election.”

Williams also says WH Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gave permission for crews to chronicle various meetings of senior staff, although “Rahm closed the door in front of our crew eight times.”