Lawrence O'Donnell took a whack at Bill O'Reilly for how he handled a new Fox News poll that put President Obama five points ahead of Mitt Romney.
The network released a poll Wednesday that showed Obama beating Romney by 48 to 43 percentage points among likely voters. O'Donnell said that he had wondered how the network's hosts would treat the news.
The MSNBC host played a clip of Wednesday's "O'Reilly Factor." O'Reilly asked political analyst Dick Morris to explain the differences between the poll and another one that had them dead even. Morris said there were many different factors to consider, but that polls generally "understate Romney vote and overstate Obama vote."
O'Donnell offered his own take on that segment on Thursday. "[O'Reilly] brought on a Fox News employee to say that Rupert Murduch paid for a Fox News poll that was wrong, to basically rewrite the poll on the air into yet another indicator that Mitt Romney is going to win," he alleged.
He continued, "Bill O'Reilly wasn't gonna stupid enough to do that himself, but he knows there will always be a Fox News player ready to say whatever the Fox News audience wants to hear, no matter how preposterous it could possibly be."