The liberal watchdog Media Matters noted:
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's Super Bowl pre-game interview with President Barack Obama showcased a laundry list of previously answered questions based on Fox's phony scandals.
On February 2, President Obama sat down with O'Reilly on Fox's broadcast network for a live interview ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII.
O'Reilly's questions were largely focused on Fox conspiracy theories regarding the the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and the IRS targeting investigation.
O'Reilly's colleague, talk-show host Greta Van Susteren, saw it differently:
How do you say politely give it a rest?
Because that's my flip response to President Obama as I hear him continuously blame Fox News. Fox, Fox, Fox, it's all Fox! Now, I don't want to be rude. I respect the president and his office, but his nonresponsive answers to serious matters like the IRS targeting is to blame Fox.
Besides being false, that is not at all particularly presidential. What is presidential instead is to demand his administration to get to the bottom of it, order his administration top to bottom to answer all the questions quickly and provide all the documents requested. No feet-dragging.
For a less predictable take on the interview, consider this piece by
Little wonder that both men agreed to the interview.
Meanwhile, those who want Obama to face tough questions saw an opportunity squandered, and were bored to tears by stuff we've already heard.