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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

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly appears on his show "The O'Reilly Factor" in Manhattan on Jan. 18, 2007. Credit: AP

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 For the presidential anti-Fox censure, scroll forward to the five minute mark.

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