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How Bill O'Reilly Ambushes His Targets

05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When Bill O'Reilly's camera crew ambushed Mike Hoyt at a bus stop in Teaneck, N.J., a few months ago, the on-camera confrontation and the microphone in his face reminded him, oddly enough, of the "60 Minutes" interviewer Mike Wallace.

Mr. Hoyt, executive editor of The Columbia Journalism Review, was well-versed in the venerable art of the on-camera, on-the-street confrontation, perfected by Mr. Wallace and other hard-charging television journalists in decades past. Now, in an appropriation of Mr. Wallace's techniques, ambush interviews have become a distinguishing feature of Mr. O'Reilly's program on the Fox News Channel.

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