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. Stevie Tomlin

    Olielly. King of farce, Duke of nothing, Prince of psychos.

    January 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. nightmare

    You didn't vote for experience when you elected the peanut farmer.
    You didn't vote for experience when you elected the actor etc.

    Senator Barack Obama is a self made man, he worked long and hard . He has dedicated his life to acually helping people to get to where he is. Hillary Clinton, is the wife of a Vice President, that does not entitle her to say she has experience. Experience doing what living in the White House? I am not interested in someone that wants to just add another page to their resume. No "Status Quo" here Hillary!

    What has Hillary done for New York? Except ignore her constiuants' calls for help. She doesn't care about what our concerns are. I don't speak only for myself but numerous others I hear complain of her ignorance. If she does that now God forbid what she would do if President. We don't want a goverment that will continue with the dictatorship mentality which Hillary is a part of.

    You need to know "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    Now is the time for change and Barack Obama shall bring about that change. Barack Obama is Of the people, By the people, For the people.

    January 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Ray Sunshine

    Since almost everyone here is a critic of Bill, you'd think we were talking about the Devil himself.

    January 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. James

    January 6, 2008 12:28 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Edwards is right. Clinton is the cadidate of the status quo. She was annointed "front runner" by the media because her husband was president; she had the name recognition. (It is a joke how the media controls our thoughts).

    What has Clinton done to deserve all the attention she has gotten? Where has she distinuished herself? Unfortunately, she will be in for the long haul because she has sooo much money (again, thanks to Bill).

    Obama, on the other hand, is receiving the same free pass Clinton did months ago (didn't we learn our lesson with Bush- remember his free pass in 2000?). He makes the same naive promises that Bush made in 2000. It can't be done. We have a 2 party system that inherently creates competition between the parties. That is how it is, and how it will always be. Change does not happen by wishing for it. Change does not happen by asking those special interests- who have a vested financial incentive to resist change – to cede power. Change does not happen with grandiose oratorical preaching. Change is something that we need actively seek. Change is something we need to spend our entire day working for. Change is something that can be achieved, but only through hard work, struggle, and taking the fight to those who resist it. Edwards understands this, unfortunately, though we Americans are, again, blinded by money, and allow the media to make our choices for us.

    January 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Elias Eliadis

    Things have come to a sorry pass indeed if the O'Reilly creature is accusing others of having "No class." This man is an embarrassment to himself, the Fword News Network, and to anyone who cares about American politics in general. When will we stop paying attention to those, like the "O'Reilly creature, who contribute to the shrillness of current political debate. Take a deep breath, Bill, and at least try to control yourself and behave like an adult in public.
    Perhaps Obama did not wish to speak to him, anyway.

    January 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. maynard

    BILL O,.REILLY IS NOTHING BUT TROBLE WE NOW HAVE A PERSON WHO
    CAN NOW CHANGE THE POLITICS OF THE U.S.A. AND RIGHT AWAY YOU POMPASS ASS YOU HAVETO TRY AND SHOOT IT DOWN. STAY THE HELL OUT OF POLITICS AND LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DECIDE WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT FOR THE USA.

    GO BACK TO YOU DESK AND SHUT UP ABOUT POLITICS. DO SOME SERIOUS REPORTING AND THINGS THAT AFFECT THE WAY WE LIVE AND
    THE STUPIDITY THAT THE NEWS MAFIA , TRIES TO PUSH ON THE PUBLIC.

    IF I WERE A CANDIDATE FOR OFFICE THERE IS NO WAY THAT I WOULD EVEN CONSIDER BEING ON YOU SHOW.. YOU HAVE A WAY OF TAKEN SOMETHING GOOD AND TURNING IT AGAINST WHO EVER YOU INTERVIEW.

    January 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. ML

    Try as you may O'Slimey, you will NEVER be a journalist. You and Fixed News are right up there with the Nat'l Enquirer, just plain hysterical to read.

    Low-Class? You give the word a whole new meaning.

    Wish you would grab my arm, you'd need a doctor!

    January 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. George W. Scherf

    Ahh, yes, the Nazi Fox Thug.

    This guy needs to get laid.

    RonPaul2008.com

    Good Luck, Amerika.

    911truth.org

    January 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Matt

    He's a piece of crap...

    January 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Jim, Cherokee

    To those talking about Boos. This is disrespect, what we have come to expect out of the Obama crowd. Just like their blogs very immature and disrespectful. Alot of people just blowing hot air. If their is a boo in the crowd it will be an Obama supporter. All of us others show respect and CLASS. Something Obama supporters lack in. I sis not say this about Obama. Just alot of his supporters. Obama may be an Ok person, but not my choice for President. I willo not call him names though for he is atleast attempting to do good by the American people. I just wish he would let his supporters know that they are very disrespectful, but he is alfull youn himself and he needs the immature crowd to win votes. Shows some Class. Obama people.

    January 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. James, Los Angeles, CA.

    Of course O'Reilly loves Obama; the naive candidate the right wing will soon manipulate and crush.

    January 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. A2

    Thank heavens for Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. Even though I watch all the news channels, Fox is the single, solitary news network without an obvious liberal bias. How do I know? I worked in the media for a long time; anyone who has worked in the media on any level will tell you there is a strong liberal bias among reporters and editors–that's just the way it is, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

    Rupert Murdoch, being the genius he is, saw an opening and created Fox News, which swings to the right in a more obvious and less insidious way than the other networks swing to the left. Even when Murdoch denies it, it's a little tongue in cheek.

    Funny, though, how much liberals hate Fox News, while not seeing the bias in the other big networks... or not choosing to see it. I've always been frightened by what appears to me to be the liberal tendency to want to squash dissenting opinion. Maybe that is just my own bias, though.

    January 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Michael Guinn, Port Hueneme, CA

    O'Reilly and his pompous types from faux news gets WAY too much attention.
    His arrogance has no boundaries and as an Obama supporter I find his actions typical of what we have seen for the last seven years.
    Time for CHANGE and HOPE has come- Hit the door Bill!

    January 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. JD

    Bill O'Reilly is the kind of guy that likes to smell his own socks after a hard day's work. Pathetic sociopath.

    January 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. kyle

    O’Reilly is low class why wont the guy who got shoved press charges? dick i mean bill shouldnt have even been where he was if the police made him back up..press charges on him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. brian

    Jack – The reason CNN didn't mention that the staffer "might have blocked their camera shot several times" is because you can't just make up the news, you have to report how it happened based upon the best facts at the time.

    January 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Neil

    Of course liberal CNN blows the story up to more then it is. He was joking when he said no one blocks a shot for his show. Now all the little liberal media and their followers will jump on the bandwagon to try to discredit him. CNN , we know his show blows away your ratings everynight, but this is even low for you guys.

    January 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Addam, Hurricane WV

    Bill and Fox News is a joke. It really is a shame that Fox News is even allowed to be called news, its nothing but propaganda period. I've yet to see one real news show on that channel with ubiased reporting. Anyone who routinely shows Ann Coulter shouldn't just have their shot blocked, they should be taken off the air. Assault charges sound appropriate, would he do any less if a Left-Wing Liberal pushed him out of the way? No! He'd have to do something, he couldn't stand idly by and let the Left-Wingers get by with such an autrocity. He'd stand up for America, and for Christmas (he'd spin it somehow to where it was also an attack on Christmas and you know it!) and make sure that jerk got what he deserved. So in closing, tasering would have been nice, and it'd been a shame if it malfunctioned and wouldn't turn off.

    January 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. David M. Mwaura

    I am getting fed up and really tired of Mr Oreily"s odd behaviors, he should know that class exists in uor society and we expect him to act right !.

    January 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. brian

    Karen – it might help if you back up your claims of Hillary's being an agent of change with some facts, instead of using her own campaign slogans.
    Also, I ask the question – Anyone else notice that she strategically dropped RODHAM from her name? I wonder why?

    January 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Commonsense

    The secret service should have been on this in the first two seconds.
    Heads up, guys.

    January 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. larry

    No one is going to block a O"reilly shot ? wow you better stay way back if that ego ever blows up it will take out a 1/2 a state.

    January 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Leo, Mesa Arizona

    We elect a new president every one (or two) terms for a reason ... new ideas, new people, renewed hope. That's how our government was designed and this was done for a reason. It has worked for centuries now and I honestly believe the message of being able to lead "from day one" does not hold water. A democracy is successful because fresh new people take over and present their thoughts and motivations. Mr. Barack Obama is truly an inspiration to lead our country and you know what? If this man wins in NH ... ... could it be possible? What an amazing step forward for diversity. GO OBAMA!!!!

    January 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. James

    O'Reilly is a great reporter! There is more to the story than this liberal one sided article is reporting. Nicholson was being an arrogant jerk and got what he deserved! I can't say Bills actions were any better but the story is they were both behaving bad. And if I was a reporter and some unknown jerk was blocking my camera and getting in my way he would end up on his butt!

    Second, ever heard of free press? This country is going to hell in hand basket. Leave it to the DEMOCRATS to ruin it for everyone.

    It's okay if their liberal media attacks conservatives but it's not okay vice versa.

    January 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Cheryl Agne

    Doesn't anyone remember the days when that O'Reilly 'joke of a human' was basically a paparazzi? He chased celebrities around for one of those TV gossip channels, and was as vile and intrusive as any paparazzi we've ever seen. He had the same entitled, righteous attitude then that he has now. I've known other people who thought that talking over the top of others and insulting them, showed that they were intelligent. NOT!! O'Reilly also thought it was ok to sexually harrass an employee, and to plagiarize the work of the truly talented; but his dull-witted admirers just keep on truckin'. I would be embarrassed to admit it if I thought highly of him, and when I hear people brag on him I instantly realize that their intelligence is severely limited and I lose respect for them. He definitely belongs on Fox, and they all belong in the toilet. Hey Keith!! Whose the WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD? ~snicker snicker~

    As for Obama, I can certainly accept him better than any of the Republicans, but the man is just not ready. In several more years, when he has more real-life experience, I think he'll be a fine candidate. But if he succeeds now, I'm going to be very worried. I've always admired Hillary and have wanted her to run for President since Bill was in. She's extremely intelligent, capable and experienced. As for her hubby, he was an excellent President; he was just a piece of crap husband. So what? It has nothing to do with his Presidential abilities. Those were good years.

    HILLARY CLINTON IN 2008

    January 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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