Did Bill O’Reilly Attack A Person With His Umbrella? Watch, And Judge For Yourself

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Television personality Bill O’Reilly is known for his brash, outspoken style. He also is an apparent champion of “ambush” journalism – his show routinely has used segments where a producer sticks a microphone in someone’s face and demands an answer (for an example, click here).

When Republican presidential candidate and current front-runner Newt Gingrich recently came to town, did he get O’Reilly to follow him to a Washington fundraiser?

It’s not clear where he is coming from or going to – only the person who posted the video suggested he was leaving the fundraiser. Commenters on the YouTube post suggest O’Reilly was bound for the White House for a Christmas party.

The video below purports to show the talk show host leaving the same hotel where Gingrich was holding a pricey fundraiser. As the video begins, O’Reilly is already not happy about having a camera stuck in his face on a rainy night.

“Leave me alone right now,” says O’Reilly.

“Mr. O’Reilly, were you at Gingrich’s fundraiser?” the person shooting the video asks.

Then the video appears to show O’Reilly shifting the position of his umbrella, and apparently shoving his umbrella into the camera.

Whether it was the wind or the shove, O’Reilly’s umbrella doesn’t recover.

Is this a case of a guy who can dish it out not being able to take it?

Take a look at the video, and then tell us your reaction to it in the comments section below.

  • Sean Brendon

    Why haven’t we had an official response to the rumor that Bill O’Reilly raped and murdered a girl in 1990?

  • Steve

    Bill was at a White House event where he praised President Obama for helping him raise money for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

    Once again, the left is a f . . .ing embarrassment to humanity.

    How can they get it wrong time after time after time?

  • DSchoen

    He went to Gingrich’s fundraiser. Case closed.
    December 8, 2011

    Much like your mind! How do you conclude he was at a Gingrich’s fundraiser?
    “According to Talking Points Memo, which caught up with Lane last night after the encounter, O’Reilly was in town for an event at the White House”

    So the White Houses is lying to give BOR cover or are you a closed minded idiot?

    —“which held it’s annual media Christmas party last night—and probably just happened to be staying at the same hotel that was hosting the Gingrich event”.

    the ambush interviewer did not ID himself a basic must do!
    the ambush interviewer according to the tape you provide ran into O’Reilly umbrella, in fact the tape makes it appear the ambushers invade his personnel space and was the aggressor could be charged with assault!

  • djdave

    what happened to fair & balanced??
    umbrella attack-unfair
    supporting gingrich-unblanced
    o really o’reilly

  • K.J Pellew

    the video is edited as evident by the way that Bill asks the ‘reporter’ to leave him alone. What transpired before this? What questions were asked? Did the reporter identify himself (as O’Reilly’s reporters do when conducting such interviews)? was the umbrella =pushed into the ‘reporter’ or was it placed between him and Bill the blown out of shape? Look at the wind and damage to the umbrella for the answer – the ‘reporter’ has edited his video to show him as a victim.
    Bottom line the ‘reporter’ was asked politely by Bill to leave him alone and did not – no assault by Bill there but plenty of harassment from the ‘reporter’.

  • tam

    Looks like a Fox news move

  • Repack Rider

    Apparently there is some confusion over why this is news.

    It would not be news EXCEPT for the fact that it is BO’R, whose stock in trade is a camera crew ambushing a target of his ire and demanding answers to rude questions.

    If Mr. O’Reilly sends others out to do that, he is in no position to complain about his own tactics being used against him. Perhaps it is not news that O’;Reilly is an arrogant, lying blowhard with a history of sexual harassment, but it is wonderful to see him exposed for the fool and buffoon he is.

  • steve M

    if you noticed, his umbrella was blown inside out due to the heavy wind there.

  • Ori

    No respect for a simple request to be left alone.
    The reporter should be put in jail for harrasment

  • Unemployed

    Poor baby got hit with an umbrella…at least he has a job…

  • john

    Yes, BR gave the umbrella a little push to hit the guy/camera……so what?

    BR knows better and next time should keep his mouth shut and his arms and elbows tucked in–DUH!

  • 8staple

    Liberal punk looking to make a name for himself

  • east end eddie

    I wish Bill beat the living crap out that wise ass. I he did not want to answer any questions, leave him alone.

    • rover

      east end eddie, I bet your father used to beat the living crap out of you for no reason at all

  • DarthEVaderCheney

    Well, let’s put it this way: If it had been me using my umbrella as a weapon, I’d be bailing myself out of jail about now. However… since it was the es’steamed’ Willy Wonka O’Really! nothing will happen. He went to Gingrich’s fundraiser. Case closed.

  • Does CBS post everything that comes their way?

    I’d file this under “non-news”.

    • Huh

      He did tell him to leave him alone…and the idiot kept asking the same question over and over…

    • Amused but not misled

      Slow news day?

      Remember Lizzy Grubman’s sidewalk drive was EVERY DAY news until 9/11/2011?

    • DarthEVaderCheney

      Well, after all, it IS a newspaper! One person’s treasure is another person’s trash… your choice!

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