FOX News host Bill O’Reilly challenged Sen. Tom Coburn tonight to name someone on the network who had said people would be arrested for not buying health insurance because of the new health reform law.
O’Reilly’s question stemmed from Coburn’s comments at a town hall meeting in Oklahoma that people shouldn’t rely solely on FOX News for information. Coburn made the comment after a woman at the town hall meeting asked him about people being arrested for not buying health insurance.
O’Reilly said “we researched” to find out if anybody at FOX News was responsible for spreading the information about people being arrested but couldn’t find any evidence.
Coburn couldn’t cite anyone at FOX News who had said that or a specific instance in which he had heard it on the network.
But he said people fighting for freedom and liberty “have to win on the real facts.”
O’Reilly pressed him on why he brought up FOX when talking at the town hall meeting about misinformation.
“That wasn’t fair,” O’Reilly said.
Said Coburn, “Maybe it wasn’t fair. I listen to Fox a lot. I am very glad you’re there. You offer a balance to the slant on the left.”
O’Reilly said Coburn was right to tell people not to demonize political opponents and conceded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “for some commentators on this network is the devil.”
Coburn called Nancy Pelosi “a nice lady” at the Oklahoma town hall meeting that was the subject of O’Reilly’s interview with Coburn.
Coburn told O’Reilly that he watches CNN and reads the New York Times because he wants to know what “they” are thinking.
Though Coburn credited O’Reilly with trying to get the facts out on issues, O’Reilly said Coburn should have known his comments about FOX would get played in the media.
“The far left cranks who dominate the media took what you said and ran with it all day long,” O’Reilly said.
Coburn told O’Reilly, “You all are running the media now in Oklahoma and across” wider parts of the country.
“I don’t want you to be used by the real evil-doers in the media and you know who they are,” O’Reilly told Coburn.