O'Reilly verbally, physically attacks Obama staffer at New Hampshire event
Nick Langewis and David Edwards
Published: Saturday January 5, 2008

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Update: New video footage has been added in a brief clip below.

"It was a big zoo," describes the host of The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly, of an event that took place at Nashua North High School in Nashua, New Hampshire today.

O'Reilly reportedly clashed with a staffer for Democratic presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama after being pointed out at a rally for competitor and New York Senator Hillary Clinton earlier in the day.

"A big guy comes over, I guess he's about 6'8" according to the press reports, and he stands right in front of the Factor camera! So I asked him, you know, fairly nicely, 'You're blockin' our shot, sir, you need to move a little bit.'"

The cameraman moved and the staffer, identified by blogger Lynn Sweet as National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, responded by again blocking the view of the camera.

"So," says O'Reilly, "I had to gently remove him from that position, Brian."

The account of his "gentle removal" is a bit different coming from Nicholson himself, who says that an irate and verbose O'Reilly ordered him to move, and shoved him by his left arm.

O'Reilly insists that there was no scuffle, only a "removal" of a man that was blocking his shot. As for reports of profanity, O'Reilly says he may have called his target an "S.O.B." but nothing more. He also denies being "restrained" by two Secret Service agents, reported to have flanked him and escorted him away.

"Ten seconds after I gently removed the man from in front of our camera," he says, "I actually spoke to Barack Obama."

"The Secret Service guys led me right by, and we had a nice little chat, which you'll hear on the Factor Monday night."

Concludes O'Reilly, "No one on this Earth is going to block a shot on The O'Reilly Factor. It is not going to happen."

The following video is from Fox's Fox News Live, broadcast January 5, 2008. Following that clip is a short amateur shot of the tail end of the exchange.



 
 


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