NYT Reporter on O’Reilly Interview: Thought He Could ‘Bully Us’ Into Not Writing Story
MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt held an interview with Michael Schmidt today, and the New York Times journalist was asked to reflect on his extremely contentious interview with Bill O’Reilly.
Schmidt was one of the three reporters who spoke with O’Reilly on The Daily podcast where the former Fox News colossus tore into the outlet for their bombshell reporting on his sexual harassment settlements. O’Reilly continues to deny the allegations against him, and today, he called Schmidt a “weasel reporter” and the “most dishonest man on the face of the earth” when he called into Glenn Beck‘s radio show.
Schmidt acknowledged how O’Reilly considers himself a victim due to his expulsion from his old network, and Schmidt also noted how O’Reilly suddenly became angry at various points of their interview.
“I don’t think he thought he could get us to not write the story, but maybe he thought that he could bully us into not doing it, or push us into not doing it. It certainly wasn’t the type of interview where he tried to charm us. It was clear from the beginning that this would be unlike any other interview that I certainly have ever been in, where he was going to push as hard as he could to make the case that this was not fair, and that we weren’t really following the facts.”
When Hunt asked Schimdt if O’Reilly was “lying” during the interview, Schmidt answered that O’Reilly’s remarks were “curious” since the former anchor acknowledged the settlements as he continues to talk about how he never had any formal complaints filed against him. Schmidt acknowledged that O’Reilly’s PR representative slammed the Times’ reporting over the weekend, but Schmidt also noted “they didn’t raise any factual issues about the story.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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