January 6th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
12 years ago

O'Reilly gets in confrontation with Obama staffer

O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama staffer Saturday.

O'Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama staffer Saturday.

(CNN) - Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly had a confrontation with a staffer for Barack Obama’s campaign that the aide and several eyewitnesses claim became physical.

The incident began when O’Reilly tried to get Obama’s attention after a Nashua campaign event. He allegedly began yelling at Obama’s National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson to get out of the way. O’Reilly then, according to eyewitness accounts, shoved the staffer.

Nicholson told CNN O'Reilly grabbed him by the arm and started "pushing" him. Nicholson also said that when he asked O'Reilly to stop pushing him, the talk-show host responded that he was "low class."

O’Reilly soon got Obama’s attention, and the two men spoke briefly.

"They shook hands and Mr. O'Reilly said that he thought Sen. Obama was great and that he loved him, and he'd love to have him on the show," Nicholson said. "And then the senator said that he would think about coming on the show after the primaries."

Then the Secret Service intervened to ask O’Reilly to step back behind the barricade that marked the press area.

Speaking later on Fox News, O'Reilly said he tried to "gently remove" the Obama staffer so his camera could get a shot of the Illinois senator.

"We're sorry we had to have that little confrontation," O'Reilly added, "but no one on this earth is going to block a shot on The O'Reilly Factor. It is not going to happen."

Related video: Obama aide: O'Reilly shoved me

- CNN's Chris Welch contributed to this report

soundoff (775 Responses)
  1. Bob

    If O'Reilly wasn't on Fox, he'd be in therapy looking through a hole cut in a cardboard box , pretending he was on television and people cared about what he had to say.

    January 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. a.b. real

    O...O...O'REAILLY SHOULD CHECK IN A LINATIC HOUSE. THAT'S WHERE HE BELONG. HIS CONTAGIOUS DISEASE WILL BE ALL OVER FOX NEWS. WE HAVE SEEN THE SAME ARROGANCE ON OTHER FFOX EMPLOYEES.

    January 6, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Mike, Cleveland, OH

    EH:

    Though I agree with most of your statements. I take offense to your generalizing statement that "Most Irish Men are" racist.... You probably don't know many true Irish people or those with Irish heritage

    CNN: Why are you still "moderating" my previous comment that was posted 17 hours ago? Stop with the censorship Please

    January 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Joe Dee

    Everything I read and hear about O'Reilly makes me believe he is no more than "poor white trash" who somehow conned his way into his current position. Maybe that is why he refers to himself as an "I con." If Fox really had the quality they pretend, they would dump rubbish like B.O.

    January 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Kevin

    Are all of these comments from cnn employees or what?O’Reilly can be an ass just like any other news personalty and he knows it, including correspondents on cnn.
    I'll be impressed if this even gets posted.
    freedom of speech is wonderful feature in this country.

    January 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. M C M

    So typical of O'Reilly and Fox Noise, completely pathetic. If anyone did that to him, he'd be screaming about it far and wide.

    January 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Joe West

    "Comments are moderated by CNN, in accordance with the CNN Comment Policy, and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting."

    Nice to see some fair and balanced blogging by the Clinton News Network...

    January 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. psin

    Bill should be given the same treatment as MUSE........................he should be sacked and Fox ratings will go up

    January 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Esther

    Where can I find the video of the incident, I saw a quick shot on CNN news??

    January 6, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Frank

    O'Reilly believes, he can do whatever he pleases. Just because he is in the media, he got no special rights whatsoever. Note = You really think there were no other news agents at this event? How come they don't become pushy for a "fair shot" ?

    Answer= They aren't buttheads like O'Reilly !

    January 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Mitchell W. Edmonds

    Someday Bill Orealy will put his hands on the wrong person and get his ass kicked in front of the world. If he ever pushed or shoved me we would fight right thenand there. What puzzles me is why the staffer didnt punch him in yhr nose.

    January 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Pippen, Arlington VA

    I like the way CNN's kept this the top story on the ticker for 20 straight hours. Totally transparent.... but funny.

    January 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Anonymous

    What A jerk, I wish I was as important as O'Reilly!

    January 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. natalia

    poor lilte boy he still crying 4 anncoulter lilte boobies suck,,,em baby and grow up what a shame this pukes are lol ha ha ha

    January 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. sbcain

    The biggest mistake people make is continuing to give attention to biased, egotistical loudmouths, like O'Reilly, positive or negative. Please, just ignore him!

    January 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Liza, Houston TX

    I really wish Cheney would take Bill with him to go hunting sometime.

    January 6, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. seth

    oh please stop. No one knows the full story. It's people that talk negative about bill that have no idea what their talking about. They wait and feed on stuff like this to make their low grade points
    plllease

    January 6, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Mike, Land O Lakes, FL

    ANDROLOMA, well said!!!

    "ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado January 6, 2008 5:51 am ET

    Too bad O'Reilly wasn't in Pakistan to "block the shot" at Bhutto!"

    January 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. richard sloan

    Bill O'Reilly has the no. 1 talk show in the country. He beats all the other left wing nuts( abc, nbc, cbs and pbs) in viewers combined. If the Right treated the left wing idiot reporters in the same manner, they would scream their heads off.
    May God bless Bill, for he is a true american!! Lets hope for the sake of this great country we live in that the cowards of the left get beat into the sand. Say NO to hitlerlly, osama obama and the rest of the left wing friends of the terrorist.
    As for Preident Bush, he will be seen threw the eyes of history as a Great president.

    January 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Tom

    Bill O'Reilly showed up at the Hillary event early that day and didn't cause any problems.

    January 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Who cares?

    Bill O'Reilly is the funniest man in the world, and he doesn't even know it. He has no idea that every hateful thing he says sounds like a punch line to his own ignorance. But no one tell him about this, okay? We need him to remain unaware of his own irony for the joke to live one.

    January 6, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Durtybastud

    Faux Pas Noose(Fox News) has a golden goose on the loose. Their biggest money maker has found a new target. 67 yr old men, O'Really has done it again picking a fight with an old guy. Nicholson should press charges on him.

    January 6, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Senn

    Obama better be careful. O' reilly is the O' Devil. He pretends he wants to have Barack on his show and butters him up. Then in the interview itself, he will force Obama into such a corner that the Republicans will blow it out of proportion. Be careful Barack!

    January 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. clyde

    "Low Class?" My momma always said...It takes one to know one....

    January 6, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. curtis-arkansas

    what an ass. why is this idiot not in jail like anyone else would be?

    January 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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