O’Reilly promises to sit in Fox’s front row White House seat
He might want to check first for pins.
Fox News has been awarded a front row seat in the White House briefing room and Bill O’Reilly is promising to personally use it.
The White House Correspondents Association announced Sunday that the The Associated Press would get Helen Thomas’ old seat in the center of the front row. Thomas was forced to retire in June after saying that Israelis should go back to Germany.
Fox News was then moved from their second row seat to the front row seat that The Associated Press vacated. O’Reilly made the news his top story Monday.
“The far left is going nuts [over this],” said O’Reilly.
“It was really an open and shut case,” Fox News reporter James Rosen told O’Reilly. “Fox News has had the largest viewership of any cable news organization for something on the order of eight years now.”
“No other news organization could make an equal case,” said Rosen.
But Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet told O’Reilly that the new seat wasn’t that big of a deal. “Part of this is a lot amusement as somebody who sits on the aisle in the fifth row,” said Sweet. “I think it almost doesn’t matter to the people who sit behind the first two rows where they sit. They could stand for all I care and take out all the seats. [The first two rows] hog all the time in the briefing anyway.”
O’Reilly seemed to delight in the fact that even he could come face to face with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. “I might be able to sneak down in there, Rosen, and tie [Fox News White House Correspondent Major] Garrett up,” said O’Reilly.
“I’m a Fox News credentialed guy and I could sit in the front row and believe me when I tell you that I will be there sometime down the line. And Glenn Beck might be there. Hannity might be there,” O’Reilly said with a grin.
Sweet reminded O’Reilly that he could have attended briefings while Fox News had the second row seat.
“You had a good seat anyway. You know, Fox was in the second row,” she said.
“I know but if I’m right in front — right in front — that’s going to be quite something!” exclaimed O’Reilly.
This video is from Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, broadcast Aug. 2, 2010.