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O’Reilly Gets Defensive Over His Post-Debate Trump Interview: I Keep It ‘Real and Fair’

billBill O’Reilly kicked off his show tonight by responding to emails from viewers angry about last Thursday’s Fox News GOP debate and his post-debate interviews with all the candidates, especially Donald Trump.

O’Reilly defended his colleagues who moderated the debate––Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier––and said they asked “legitimate questions” about serious inconsistencies on the part of the candidates.

As for the charges that they let it devolve into a circus of insults, O’Reilly said they had no control over the candidates’ answers and there was no “hatchet job.”

But O’Reilly spent far more time defending himself from viewers accusing him of not being straight with them on his analysis and even someone who––I am not kidding––angrily criticized O’Reilly for conducting his post-debate Trump interview standing up.

Some viewers accused O’Reilly of being too negative to Trump, others said he was way too “fawning.” O’Reilly declared that this just shows how much people like to be trapped in their own media bubbles.

“Power can be a dangerous thing,” O’Reilly argued, “and Americans should think long and hard before bestowing it on anyone. It is my job to keep it all real and fair. I believe I am doing my job.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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