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. Ilse Erickson

    The O"Reilly Factor {Bill] is suffering from delusions of grandeur,Loudmouth ego
    trip Bill needs to go take a hike back to reality where noone knows his "name".

    January 5, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. john

    Mr O'reilly in due respect, you should try to go and cause chaos at Romney , Huckabee or mccain campaign. leave Mr Obama alone. He is our next president.

    January 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Ilse Erickson

    O"Reilly is too full of himself,a pushy bully.

    January 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Glen, Boston, MA

    O'Reilly is truly an arrested adolescent.

    January 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. S Navarro Shively

    "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." – I guess that's O'Reilly's way of "apologizing" and his way of saying the end (getting Obama's attention) justified the means (accosting another human being).

    I sincerely doubt, especially after hearing of this incident, that Barack Obama will go on his show. The O'Reilly Factor and Fox News are not legitimate news outlets, and I don't want Obama's presence to lend journalistic credibility or increased ratings to either. All this proves is that O'Reilly is a big bully and a jerk!

    January 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Gary

    Really CNN...now you have to resort to 'elementary' journalism by placing the so-called O'Reilly confrontation with an Obama staffer on the 'Latest Story' list??? Get over it.....until CNN decides to present a fair and balanced view of the politcal scene in the U.S., then FOX News will continue to be number one and Bill O'Reilly will continue to outdraw viewers 2-1 over the likes of Anderson Cooper and all the others. Try fair and balanced....it works!!!!

    January 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. C Tong, Allendale NJ

    Why bother to "report "? CNN is always bias against O'Reilly

    January 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Chuck

    O'REILLY IS A BULLY...HE IS LUCKY SOMEONE DIDN'T DECK HIM. IT WILL HAPPEN ONE OF THESE DAYS AND HE WILL PUT A SPIN ON IT AND LOOK LIKE HE WAS LITTLE MISS MUFFET AND THE PERSON WHO DECKED HIM WAS A HUGE SPIDER....
    OBAMA HAS DONE WELL IN A CAUCUS IN A LITTLE STATE...NOW THEY MOVE ON TO AN EVEN SMALLER STATE...HILLARY IS STILL THERE AND GOING TO WIN THE BIG STATES EXCEPT MAYBE ILLINOIS. OBAMA WOULD BE GREAT AS HER V.P. BECAUSE HE IS YOUNG ENOUGH TO WAIT THE EIGHT YEARS AND THEN HAVE HIS OWN EIGHT YEARS...CHELSEA CAN THEN RUN STATING IT IS IN HER GENES TO BE PRESIDENT...SO WE CAN ALL CHECK HER DNA AND VOTE FOR HER...
    JOE BIDEN FOR SEC. OF STATE...BILL FOR ROVING AMBASSADOR OR U.N. REPRESENTATIVE AND EVENTUALLY SECRETARY GENERAL.
    WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP BILL AWAY FROM KUCINICH'S WIFE...
    PEOPLE ASK ME HOW I COULD WANT TO VOTE FOR HILLARY...IT IS BECAUSE I WANT A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN BLOODED IN ADVERSITY AND COMES BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN...SHE COULD PROVE TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST PRESIDENTS WE EVER HAD....FORGET WHO SOUNDS GOOD AND PROMISES CHANGE BUT DOESN'T SAY WHAT CHANGE AND HOW HE IS GOING TO DO IT. WE NEED SOMEONE WHO HAS STATED HOW SHE WILL DO IT. WILL IT BE PERFECT,OF COURSE NOT...AN OBJECTIVE LOOK AT THE FACTS,ISSUES,AND ABILITIES GIVES YOU ONE OPTION,HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON.
    CB...OF SCOTTSDALE,AZ...formerly of NY

    January 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Roy

    Someone should "gently remove" the Faux News hatemonger O'Reilly

    January 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. David, Oberlin, OH

    That man is an egomaniac. Ridiculous.

    January 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Flag

    Bill must be a little pushy to get through the liberals.....more power to Bill!

    January 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    GROW UP!

    January 5, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Brandon

    Bill O'Reilly has no class.

    January 5, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. Tanner

    O'Reilly is so full of himself – just like all the talking heads out there (Glenn Beck, Rush, etc.)... Somebody please, take them off the air!

    January 5, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. RYT867

    Leave it to Bill O'Reilly to get it mixed up again! If there is anyone low-class it is Bill, not anyone's staffer. Further, don't you think it is time for Bill to fess up to his rather privileged upbringing rather than act as the "mouth for the the average joe-blow"? Bill I know you gotta make a living by being a jerk, but how does it feel when you go home at night?

    January 5, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Republicans

    Does anyone else here think that O'Reily is being arrogant?

    January 5, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Mike

    Oh I see, laws against physical assault don't apply to conservative scream shows. So nothing gets in the way of a shot for the O'Reilly show. Wow. What's next, Bill, breaking into someone's home to get your shot? What a hypocrite.

    January 5, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Kevin, Landover, MD

    Obama owes O'Reilly or Fuax News NOTHING except a dish served cold called REVENGE ! At the very beginning they assaulted Obama’s integrity, reputation and everything else.

    Now O'Reilly thinks he can jump on board the Obama Train and get and interview. DREAM ON O'Reilly. You low class reporter.

    January 5, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Dane Traber

    I propose that someone smart create an internet site called BlockTheShot.com. Then, people who encounter the O'Really Factor in the field should attempt to "Block the Shot" while a friend records the scene. The subsequent confrontation would be uploaded to YouTube and linked to BlockTheShot.com.

    Then the site sponsor would give out prizes for "Best Blocked Shot", "Most Entertaining Confrontation", "Best Pie in O'Reilly's Face" and other categories.

    I will immediately contribute $100 to that effort. Someone else will have to do the technical part. I bet there are tens of thousands of people around the country who would love to see O'Reilly get what he deserves....

    January 5, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. steve

    Now we will see Bill playing the victim card surely...ever the oppressed conservative...

    January 5, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. photo updater

    Without the aide of make-up and a tie, Bill O'Reilly become the most liberal he has been since that time in the gym locker room in 1978.

    January 5, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. bee maven

    can we all say"schm..ck" ? B. O'R .is no better than anyone else and has shown himself to be the "low class" guy here. This gives legitimate journalists a bad name.

    January 5, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Bill O'Reilly

    I am low class. And I'm man enough to admit it.

    January 5, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. scott brookdale ca

    I didn't see this incident but my special powers tell me O'Reilly was wearing his brown shirt. Something about O'Reilly makes me think of brown shirts. I'm SO GLAD he and his ilk have been thoroughly discredited now and come November will become totally irrelevant to this country.

    January 5, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Carmen, Miami FL

    Arrogant and self-important? Yep, that's O'Reilly for you.

    It's embarrassing that his show is considered news.

    January 5, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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