O’Reilly Challenges Ramos: ‘You’re Not a Newsman Anymore. You’re an Advocate’

By Mark Joyella Comment

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly challenged Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos Wednesday night to explain his advocacy on immigration, accusing the anchor of surrendering his status as a journalist. “You’re an anchorman. How can you possibly cover illegal immigration fairly when you’re an activist? You’re a proponent of allowing them amnesty. How can you possibly cover the story?”

Ramos, who has battled with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump over his immigration policies–including a noteworthy encounter that included Ramos being removed from a Trump news conference–insisted that he was “just a reporter.”

O’Reilly said “you’re not a newsman anymore. You’re an advocate now,” suggesting that Ramos was in the wrong job, and should consider doing what O’Reilly does as a nightly commentator.

Ramos, who said O’Reilly wasn’t “the right person to lecture me on advocacy and journalism,” said “sometimes as a reporter, you have to take a stand. When it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, dictatorship, human rights…and that’s the only thing I’m doing.”