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What did Bill O'Reilly's rip of Stephen Colbert mean, exactly?

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, seen on Dec.

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The culture wars bled into the late night wars the other evening when Bill O'Reilly went after Stephen Colbert -- calling him a "deceiver" who has damaged the country. Yes, this news was everywhere Wednesday -- and sorry about getting to it so late -- but better late than never, and it's not going away, so . . .

This broadside arrived on the Talking Points segment on Tuesday's "Factor" --...

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President Obama, Bill O'Reilly go head to head over Fox News in interview

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly appears on his

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Here's the one clip you may wish to watch today - Bill O'Reilly and President Barack Obama in a good-natured dispute over the "fairness" of Fox News. Of course, one is left here to interpret both the meaning of "good-natured" and "fair," but that's your call. 

  This was the portion of Sunday's pre-Super Bowl interview that was taped beforehand, and was not televised. You can perhaps see why - given the president's pointed criticism of Fox. But it's an interesting exchange, and hardly hostile, although it does point up the fact that presidents - all presidents - hate their media coverage. (And...cue to what the Chicago Tribune and Joseph Medill wrote about Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and they were Lincoln supporters! The Trib - which helped elect Lincoln - harangued him repeatedly, and when some editors and the boss came to D.C. to protest the draft, Lincoln rhetorically kicked 'em to the curb: "And you, Medill, are acting like a coward.... you cry to be spared at a moment when the cause is suffering. Go home and send us those men." )

  And I've drifted seriously off-topic; sorry. But my point is that presidents and their press have a long and fraught history, as you know. The interview was posted in full this morning on Foxnews.com. For the presidential anti-Fox censure, scroll forward to the five minute mark.

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Bill O'Reilly to interview president during Fox Super Bowl pregame

Bill O'Reilly, television host, author, syndicated columnist and

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Program note! Bill O'Reilly will interview President Obama during Fox's pregame telecast - figure at around 4:30 that Sunday, and this will indeed be live... Per Fox: "The interview will take place at the White House and cover an array of topics." And...they will keep on going after the live portion ends - the extended taped portion will air the following day on "The O'Reilly Factor." Dates are Feb. 2 and 3rd respectively. 

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