The Factor has their special segments during the week with different teams joining BillO and one such duo features the dreaded Bernard Goldberg and the very decent Jane Hall. BillO interviewed Coulter earlier in the week after she made her anti-semtic remarks and he never even brought up what she said to his audience. He's a very shrewd guy when he tries to shield a friend from shame. Surprisingly, Bernie blasted him for his kissy-face-love-in-with Annie.
Goldberg: You got very passionate about the Catholic sacrilege in SF, but when Ann Coulter made her comment about everybody should be a Christian, including all the Jews because they should be more perfected---man--I was waiting for you two to French kiss, I mean it was... it was -- you weren't the old Bill O'Reilly.
O'Reilly: I covered the controversy
Hall: She says anti-Semitic things, she says anti-gay things and no one seems to ever call her on it.
O'Reilly: You're right, maybe I should have said it was anti-semitic. I don't think it was anti-Semitic. I think it was just dumb!
Full transcipt below the fold
via Media Matters:
GOLDBERG: Bill, I say this as a friend and as a supporter of the show. And I watch it all the time and all that. But you got very passionate about the Catholic sacrilege in San Francisco, but when Ann Coulter made her comment about how everybody should be a Christian, including all the Jews, because they should be more perfected, man, I was waiting for you two to French kiss. I mean, it was -- you weren't the old Bill O'Reilly.
O'REILLY: I ignored the controversy. No, no, no. Look, here's why I did what I did, and then I want you both to comment quickly.
I never debate theology with a non-theologian, ever. Bill Maher says Christians are idiots. I'm an idiot for being a Roman Catholic and going to church. That's what he says. Would I debate him on it? No. Do I care what he says? No.
Ann Coulter is a commentator. She says some crazy thing that I think is unjustifiable. But why do I want to debate it with her? She doesn't have any credibility in the area.
HALL: But Bill, you said everybody should be challenged. I think Bernie's got a good point.
O'REILLY: Well, I did challenge her in the interview, Jane. It wasn't a kissypoo interview. I mean -- but I wanted to --
GOLDBERG: Yes, it was.
O'REILLY: No, it wasn't. I got into --
GOLDBERG: Yes, it was.
O'REILLY: I got into politics with her pretty heavily. Oh, come on, Bernie. I said there -- you're telling -- on your cover that all Democrats are idiots? Come on. You can't possibly think that. Come on.
I didn't want to get into that because I don't give it any credibility, Bernie.
HALL: Yeah, but I think Bernie's got a point. There's certain people -- Ann Coulter is on the Today show. She is loved by the mainstream media. She says anti-Semitic things. She says anti-gay things. And no one seems to ever call her on it.
O'REILLY: All right. Maybe I should have said it was anti-Semitic. I don't think it was anti-Semitic. I think it was just dumb.