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O'Reilly's the Big Winner

11/5/2008 5:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Make no mistake about it: Barack Obama isn't the only one who hit the jackpot last night.

We're actually going to get serious on this one. FOX News Channel has got to be celebrating today. Bill O'Reilly can have a field day with the new Prez, and there may be no one else on that field to challenge him.

MSNBC's decision to cheer on Obama worked during the election. Keith Olbermann's ratings and demos are definitely up. But here's the dilemma: MSNBC has squarely taken sides and courted an audience that now expects good news about the Prez elect. That's somewhat true about CNN as well. But here's the problem with TV -- viewers get bored with cheerleaders, even if they agree with them.

So what's O'Reilly gonna do? He's already got a huge lead in the ratings. Will he go for the jugular? He actually took our call today and said, "We are going to be the watchdogs. We don't know what Obama is going to do. It's my job to explain every move he makes, but I'm not going to nitpick him."

Here's what's interesting -- O'Reilly doesn't really have to attack if MSNBC and CNN throw softballs. Being somewhat neutral could end up actually looking edgy, and viewers like edgy.

One final thing. O'Reilly actually told us he kinda blew it with Bush. He said he never looked at the way Bush was handling the economy until it was too late.

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Great Doo    

Ick, Bill O'Reiley

1992 days ago
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Rae T.    

Can't we all just get along?

1992 days ago
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Scott    

When the hell did Fox News become neutral? Am I the only one that has watched Sean Hannity all but blowing any and all members of the GOP that will let him? Not to mention The Giant Talking Head in question!

1992 days ago
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OnPoint    

...... can you say dumb a-s-s .... he has just told TMZ what he is going to do .... now he can't sucker punch, he's going to have to go straight to Obama's face at which time Obama can knock the living snot out of him. If you're going to try to hem somebody up on something, don't tell TMZ .... damn you're dumbmer than you look O'Reilly. Go back to sexually harrassing your female staff workers .... I'm positive people will want to hear more about that ....

1991 days ago
5.

What    

Bill and Fox are the only fair and balanced news show. They do let both sides talk, when I watch CNN or MSNBC or the others they were in the tank for Obama. They were kissing his butt. I don't care to get along when the spread the wealth guy is in the White House. Military will have their spending cut by 25%. Watch out America - who will protect us. So I will watch Bill O'Reilly so I can get the truth!!!

1991 days ago
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bite me    

same ol, same ol.....libs protecting Obama. Give it a few months and nothing is done and his promises appear to be vanishing, they will only have themselves to blame, no more bad bad Republicans.

I say balls to the wall, Bill....go get em

1991 days ago
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kilrain    

Ah, yes. The shrewd economist Bill O'Reilly wasn't paying enough attention to easy credit, subprime lending, bundled and over-leveraged mortgage-backed derivatives and credit default swaps. His cerebral job as a talking head for a network that appeals to a 6th grader's mindset did not allow him enough time to apply his prescient powers over the global economy. Now that he is focused, he will be able to predict all future problems

1991 days ago
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Rae T.    

Of course Obama isn't going to be able to deliver on every single promise within a few months! America is far too gone for that to happen...We gave Bush 8 yeras to get things how they are now. A

1991 days ago
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Shrute    

Bill was too focused on sexually harrassing his employees to pay attention to the eight-year disaster that was the Bush presidency. Of course, now that there's a Democrat in there, all of the sudden he has the focus. What a blowhard.

1991 days ago
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CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

ORIELLY IS THE WORSE .......... SMARTA$$ .

OBAMA HE WILL ONLY SERVE 4 YRS AND THAT WILL BE IT .

HE WILL BE WATCHED UNDER A MICROSCOPE ...........

DON'T THINK FOR A MOMENT , NO ONE WILL WATCH HIM

IT WILL BE 24/7 NEXT 4 YEARS.

1991 days ago
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melissa b    



o'reilly SUCKS, and NO ONE with a BRAIN would listen to him whatsoever!!

1991 days ago
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Jake    

When is the people in this nation going to wake up and find out that it was the democrats push for zero interest, or zero down payment loans for the "disadvantaged" thus trying to buy votes. When are the people going to admit it was Fannie Mae that triggered this. Fannie Mae was the pusher for the democrats and sold so many sub prime loans most of whom could never make the payments that caused this disaster. Clinton's man Franklin Raines was the head of that mess at Fannie Mae and was actually found guilty of wrongdoing at that agency.
Now if anyone can tell O'Reilly that was the reason instead of our President Bush, it would be a favor for all of us. Our President Bush put forth 12 separate efforts to rein in Fannie Mae and its fraudulent banking practices, but the democrats killed every one some with a filibuster. McCain tried in 2003 and again in 2005.
You people should get your facts straight as well as O'Reilly as he did not make any noise about Fannie Mae either.

1991 days ago
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Inspector Clouseau    

If "viewers get bored with cheerleaders," why was FOX so strong the past few years, a clear-cut No. 1, cheering on Bush? Your attempted logic makes no sense.

1991 days ago
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A Mom    

Is O'Reilly getting a tiny bit sage in his approach?!? Well, it's about ruddy time. He was wasting his time being partisan while he should have been being objective, analytical and investigative. He may become a real journalist yet. There's some hope.

1991 days ago
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Melissa    

Wow it really is a new world today: TMZ, dare I say, giving props to Bill O'Reilly .

1991 days ago
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