Newsmax interviews FNC’s Bill O’Reilly and gets an earful about MSNBC and CNN. Not surprisingly, O’Reilly has much to say about how “nice” Glenn Beck and Greta Van Susteren are and why he believes MSNBC and CNN are not working. CNN declined to comment.
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“CNN was at the top of the hill when we came in 13 1/2 years ago,” he tells Newsmax. “What happened to CNN? Basically they stayed where they were 10 years ago. They did not change with the times.
“We live in a very intense country, a very difficult time. CNN does not reflect that urgency. They basically report the news. And they do a good job.
“But people in the United States now, they know the news already, because they have the Internet, they have talk radio, a lot of vehicles, so they want analysis and perspective from a cable network, particularly in prime time. They don’t want to hear [the news] again. CNN doesn’t give you that, so that’s why they have fallen off dramatically.
“MSNBC made the key mistake of hiring bad people. It’s as simple as that. They’ve got a bunch of guttersnipes on their network and even if you’re a liberal, which is what they sell, you don’t like these people.”
On Fox, on the other hand, Glenn Beck is a “nice guy,” Greta Van Susteren is a “nice person,” Shepard Smith is a “good personality,” and Sean Hannity is a “Republican and identifies himself that way. So it’s real people.
“And then you turn on MSNBC and you see these people attacking personally, they’re throwing all kinds of stuff around. People go, ‘It’s unpleasant. I’m not going to watch it.’ And they don’t.”
He says he advises commentators who appear on Fox not to be malicious.
“You can make your points. But I’ll tell an Ann Coulter or Laura Ingraham – sometimes they might get a little rambunctious – make your points, but you donÂ’t have to attack personally. Most Americans don’t like that stuff.”