If you have ever watched Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show, you are probably familiar with Jesse Watters. Watters is O’Reilly’s “ambush reporter,” who goes out onto the street to accost politicians, celebrities and members of the general public, asking them loaded and misleading questions which many are unprepared to answer. What those people say then becomes part of a segment called “Watters’ World” on The O’Reilly Factor. Last weekend Watters got a taste of his own medicine, and by all accounts he didn’t like it too much.
The incident happened at an after party following the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim was playing Watters usual role, and he recorded every minute of the encounter. His video starts as his HuffPo colleague Amanda Terkel appears to have just pointed out Watters, who was standing near the two. In 2009, O’Reilly had sent Watters to stalk and ambush Terkel while she was on vacation, because he was angry about something she had written. Grim decided it was time to turn the tables.
As he approaches Watters, Grim tells Watters that Terkel is there. “Oh yeah, she loves me. Bring her over,” O’Reilly’s hitman replies.
Grim calls to Terkel. “Let’s make up,” he says. But Terkel doesn’t appear to be interested. Watters says that if she will come over to him, he will apologize. That’s when things start to go downhill.
Grim reminds Watters of the lengths he went to in stalking Terkel. “You went all the way out to like the middle of f***ing nowhere, you can go five feet over there,” he goads.
At that point Watters apparently sees Terkel and says he remembers her. Then he changes his mind about apologizing to her and the conversation rapidly devolves into a wrestling match when Watters takes Grim’s phone.
Of course, when the incident was discussed on The O’Reilly Factor, the host blamed it on “far left violence,” that he said is “out of control.” After showing video of May Day protests in Seattle, O’Reilly offers the Grim-Watters confrontation as another example of the “out of control” left. O’Reilly complains about Watters being “hectored” by Grim, “provok[ing] a confrontation.”
Oh, just like your hitman does for you on a regular basis, Bill-o?
Here’s the complete, uncut confrontation between Grim and Watters. How many times have you seen Watters do something just like this?
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