Bill O'Reilly said that President Obama was acting like Richard Nixon in his handling of the investigation into potential White House leaks.
The administration has been under fire from Congress after two New York Times stories revealed highly sensitive national security details that critics say could only have come directly from the White House.
Speaking on his Thursday show, O'Reilly echoed this line, saying that the leaker of a Times story on cyberattacks against Iran "should go to prison for a long time."
But he said that the response to the controversy has been "disturbing." Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two U.S. attorneys to investigate the leaks. One is a Republican, but the other, Ronald Machen, donated money to the Obama campaign. Right-wing bloggers and writers have been up in arms about Machen's appointment, and O'Reilly clearly felt the same.
"I mean, come on if the fix isn't in on that appointment, there is no such thing as a fix," he said. "Are you telling me with hundreds of U.S. attorneys, Machen is the guy to do this? It's unbelievable and it's arrogant. Do the Obama people think I wasn't going to report this and other honest press people weren't going to mention it?"
He said that he saw "shades of Richard Nixon, who tried to get away with Watergate by having his cronies like John Mitchell investigate it."
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