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Bill O’Reilly is Certain Howard Kurtz’s Ratings Will Go Up After his Fox News Appearance

CNN’s Howard Kurtz was in the Fox house last night, appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Kurtz, on his CNN show “Reliable Sources” had criticized a comment Bill O’Reilly made about the lack of reporting/analysis on of the president’s policy on drone strikes.

O’Reilly had singled out NBC News in a discussion with Bob Beckel. O’Reilly interchangeably uses NBC News, which does reporting, and MSNBC, which leans on analysis.

The O’Reilly-Kurtz made-for-cable-TV debate was lively but neither host conceded much of anything, because that’s not in the script. But O’Reilly is convinced the appearance will boost Kurtz’s ratings: “We are sure you will get a lot of email about it and run it on your program on Sunday. And you will get higher ratings.”

Howie’s take on the debate:

It was a contentious appearance on The Factor on Wednesday, as I knew it would be. When you criticize O’Reilly, as I did on my CNN program Reliable Sources, he doesn’t take kindly to that. But the bottom line is he was fair and I got to make my points, given all the limitations of a short and confrontational television interview.


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