O’Reilly Hammers Mapes On Politics

By Brian 

Mary Mapes appeared on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday night, and Bill didn’t mention CBS News or MemoGate until the second segment. After playing a clip of President Bush denying that he received preferential treatment during Vietnam, O’Reilly began:

  O’REILLY: All right. So are a liberal?

MAPES: Well, I’m not sure what a liberal is. I’m more liberal than some people. I can tell you, my 8-year-old son thinks he’s being raised by the most conservative parents in the world.

O’REILLY: Yes, but politically. You know what I’m talking about.

MAPES: Well, I think like a lot of Americans, I’m all over the map. And it’s something, I mean, for me, like, who I vote for…

O’REILLY: Are you registered Democrat?

MAPES: You know, I don’t know.

O’REILLY: You don’t know?

MAPES: I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m independent or Democrat.

O’REILLY: All right.

MAPES: I know I’m not — in Texas, I’m not sure.

O’REILLY: So you would describe yourself politically as…

MAPES: Oh, my goodness. I’m liberal on some things. I’m conservative on some things.

O’REILLY: All right. That’s what I say.

MAPES: Well, can I say that, too?

O’REILLY: You can, indeed. When I’m reading your book, and I did read the book, on page 19, you show sympathy for Cindy Sheehan. Now…

O’Reilly then quizzed her about Sheehan, as he tried to “define how you see the world.”

Here’s the full transcript. After the commercial break, Mapes said CBS caved to a conservative blog attack…