Bill O'Reilly took on the media over its coverage of the New Black Panthers scandal Monday night on "The O'Reilly Factor."
O'Reilly took on Howard Kurtz, who said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday that Fox News was "pushing" the story, and Bob Schieffer, who told Kurtz that he missed the story because he was on vacation. Schieffer also disputed O'Reilly's claim that the media had ignored the scandal to protect President Obama, saying instead that there were questions over how significant the story is.
"There is a growing split about how the news is covered in this country," O'Reilly said. "The old guard mainstream media makes decisions based upon ideology, race and elitism. The new media, of which Fox News is a part, covers what Americans believe is important to them. That's why we are a dominant No. 1, and I submit we have far more influence than the network news does."
O'Reilly — who asked if Schieffer was vacationing on Venus — added, "Believe me, President Obama, every senator, every congressperson know exactly what we are reporting here, even if Bob Schieffer does not. This indicates there is a changing of the guard as far as news flow is concerned in the USA. If you want to know what's really happening in America, you have to come here because you will not get it in much of the mainstream media."
O'Reilly continued to assert that Fox News does a better job than the "mainstream media" in the following segment, during which he hosted Bernie Goldberg.
Goldberg said that network news personalities like Schieffer, Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer "fancy themselves sophisticated and worldly, [but] they are the most provicinal people out there. They don't know anythign if it's not in their bible, the New York Times."
"My contention...is that we report the news better, certainly than CNN which is going right down the drain, and the Washington Post, which misses story after story after story, seemingly because of ideological reasons," O'Reilly said.
"Fox has become the mainstream in America," Goldberg responded.
"Well, there's a new sheriff in town and I'm going to have to arrest Howard Kurtz," O'Reilly said.