Fusion host Jorge Ramos rejected Bill O’Reilly’s argument on Wednesday that he is too personally involved with immigration to report fairly on it.
“How can you possibly cover immigration fairly when you’re an activist, you’re a proponent of allowing them amnesty?” O’Reilly demanded. “How can you possibly cover the story? You should excuse yourself from it, or recuse yourself from it. Or become like me — a commentator.”
“I’m just a reporter asking questions,” Ramos replied. “Mr. O’Reilly, I don’t think you are the right person to lecture me on advocacy and journalism when you spend most of your program giving opinions without asking questions. I can be tough with President Barack Obama, and I can be tough with Donald Trump.”
“I’m a commentator — that’s what I do,” O’Reilly shot back, before grousing that he was “100 times harder” on the president. He then asked Ramos, “Why don’t you just become like me, a commentator? You’re not a news man anymore, you’re an advocate now.”
“I am simply reporting, asking questions,” Ramos insisted. “Sometimes as a reporter, you have to take a stand. When it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorships, and human rights, you have to take a stand.”
“Nobody has ever been in a repertorial range like you have been,” the Factor host replied. “And I’m not criticizing you for your stand. I’m saying you’re in the wrong job. Be a commentator.”
Watch the interview, as aired on Wednesday, below.