*Bill O’Reilly is putting the notes from his Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama up for auction, suggesting someone should have the chance to own a piece of “journalistic history.”
The Fox News host announced on his program Monday that his handwritten notes from the interview, signed by both him and Obama, were up for auction – with the starting bid at $10,000. The proceeds will benefit the Fischer House, a charity that helps the families of severely wounded veterans. He acknowledged that Obama has been a “tremendous help” in raising money for wounded vets.
If $10,000 is too steep, O’Reilly said for a donation $25 or more to the Fisher House, people will receive a replica copy of the notes.
Not to be outdone, Steven Colbert – fresh from his appearance at the White House State Dinner, where he was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama – is auctioning off the microwave oven he claimed to have stolen from O’Reilly’s green room during his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” in 2007. [Scroll down to watch.]
*Bill O’Reilly‘s extended interview with President Barack Obama, taped after the live sit-down before the Super Bowl, aired Monday on the Fox News Channel to huge ratings.
Their testy exchange drew 4.204 million viewers for “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m., according to Neilsen.
It’s O’Reilly’s best total audience numbers since his coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings, when Fox News drew 4.825 million viewers April 15, the day of the marathon attack, and 7.626 million viewers April 19 during a Shep Smith-hosted special in the slot on the night of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture.
Monday night’s “Factor” also garnered 626,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 news demo.
*A number of Republicans got riled up on Wednesday over a tweet from MSNBC regarding Cheerios’ new Super Bowl ad featuring the biracial family.
“Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” MSNBC tweeted, while also linking to its report on the ad with video.
The post from MSNBC’s official Twitter account alluded to the racist backlash that followed the original 2013 Cheerios ad with the same interracial family.
Well, the “right wing” didn’t take too kindly to MSNBC’s accusations of racism. Hours later, MSNBC deleted the tweet, said it “deeply regrets” sending it, and called it “offensive.”
*Continuing his talk show blitz to plug his Netflix documentary “Mitt,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” Monday where he criticized President Barack Obama while weighing in on the state of national affairs – more than a year after Obama beat him in the 2012 presidential campaign.
Romney told Fox host Sean Hannity that the public lost faith in President Obama over promises he made regarding the Affordable Care Act.
“He really didn’t have an agenda for his second term and he’s groping to find one,” Romney said of Obama. “You’re not accomplishing a real legacy as a president unless you can work with people in both parties.”