O'Reilly Busts Blogger for Franken Ambush

'You were disrespectful,' Fox host tells Jason Mattera.
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2010 10:41 AM CDT

Listen up, Bill O’Reilly tells young conservative blogger/author/ambush interviewer Jason Mattera: We can’t help being disrespectful sometimes, but it’s no way to get a scoop, or even nail an opponent. O’Reilly was referring to Mattera’s videotaped altercation with Al Franken, in which Mattera claims the health care bill includes $7 billion for jungle gyms and interrupts the lawmaker he calls Senator Smalley. “You can’t do that,” O’Reilly chides.

“You were disrespectful, and you gave him a reason to blow you off,” O’Reilly continues on his Fox News show, with Mattera sitting across from him. “You had him. But you let him off the hook by being disrespectful.” Colby Hall, writing at Mediaite, sees O’Reilly doing little to “hide his contempt for the young video producer,” who doesn't seem to be buying the advice O'Reilly is giving. Judge for yourself in the video above, and watch the entirety of Mattera’s talk with Franken. (More Al Franken stories.)

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