Bill O’Reilly and Barney Frank Battle Over ACORN, Hidden Cameras And The Law


frank_oreillyOh it’s on. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and U.S. Representative Barney Frank had another spirited debate over the news that ACORN and two former employees of its Baltimore office had filed a lawsuit against the makers of a hidden-camera video eventually lead to a congressional vote to cut funding to ACORN. While the chat was not nearly as contentious as their previous debate over the financial meltdown, it was a very entertaining back and forth. Video after the jump.

O’Reilly led his show with a “Talking Points” section that focused on news that ACORN and two former employees of its Baltimore office had filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of a hidden-camera video that showed the employees giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman posing as a prostitute. He then had Frank on as guest to speak to the many sides of the ACORN issue.

The conversation started rather tamely with Frank explaining (and agreeing with O’Reilly) how — had he not missed the vote — he would have voted against the funding of ACORN, saying that “They had forfeited their right to get funds for some of what they’ve done. They’ve had sloppiness with the voter registration; they had some problems with embezzlement…and then when I heard of this it became clear to me that the organization is just not run well.”

When the discussion turned to ACORN’s pending lawsuit on the videographers behind the footage that initially caused the stir (and Andrew Breitbart for distributing them) and that’s where things got a little heated, though in a more fun-spirited manner than in the past.

At one point Congressman Frank, who is clearly frustrated by O’Reilly’s interruptions, asks the Fox News anchor “Do I get to answer the question or not?” then followed with “I don’t understand why you have this congenital inability to let people talk.”

The previous interaction that became the viral video sensation from earlier in the year:

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