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10 Feb

Bill O’Reilly bashes ‘nutty’ birthers

Fox News anchor responds to e-mail by criticizing those seeking eligibility proof

Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly took a jab at those seeking proof of Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility for president this week by referring to them as “nutty.”

The comment came in a response to a viewer who watched the top-rated cable host’s interview with Obama on Super Bowl Sunday

During Monday night’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” the host read an e-mail from Ed Harris, a viewer from Youngsville, N.C.

The letter stated, “Bill, thanks for winning me $100. I bet a friend you would not ask Obama about his birth certificate, and you didn’t.”

O’Reilly responded to Harris by saying with a grin, “Let me get this straight, Ed. You found someone who bet you a hundred bucks that I would ask the president about the nutty birth-certificate stuff. Can you please send me that person’s name? I would like to do business with this guy.”

O’Reilly invited and then disinvited WND Editor Joseph Farah on his program to have a discussion about Obama’s legal qualification for office.

Farah had challenged O’Reilly in a column about his assertions that he had investigated the questions involving Obama’s birth certificate and found them to be without merit.

At the time, Farah wrote: “I have a challenge to my old buddy Bill O’Reilly – put up or shut up!

“You told your viewers this week that challenges to Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility are ‘bogus.’

“You claimed you and your news organization examined Obama’s birth certificate last year and found it to be in order.

“Can I ask a question, Bill? Why don’t you simply reveal to your viewers exactly what you saw and what you found?

“Fox News Channel’s slogan is, ‘We report, you decide.’ Why don’t you try actually reporting the story, rather than deciding for us?”

Farah said he was not surprised O’Reilly wouldn’t agree to a civil discourse and a calm discussion of the facts.

“I wanted to shed light on this issue, but evidently O’Reilly only wants ratings heat,” he said.

written by By Joe Kovacs