Over the years, one of the more interesting, and random, traditions on Super Bowl Sunday has been seeing the President of the United States engage in some sort of interview with a news anchor for the network hosting the big game. It’s hard to really figure out how exactly this came to be, mostly because of the fact that there is nothing less political than drinking booze, eating chicken wings, and watching a pack of giants smash into each other.
Nonetheless, this is the tradition, and it was confirmed today that for the first time since 2011, Bill O’Reilly is going to be interviewing President Barack Obama on Fox prior to Super Bowl XLVIII. The last interview that the two parties had was during the last Super Bowl, where Bill was in a pretty horrible position in that if he was too hard on the President, he’d be criticized for not showing the sort of respect to the head of our country; meanwhile, he was criticized after the fact by some conservatives for not being hard enough. (Fox News’ audience is predominently conservative.)
As for why Bill is serving as the interviewer here in the first place, the big reason is that unlike CBS, NBC, or ABC, Fox does not have a national news division. Therefore, they have to almost outsource this coverage instead over to their sister cable network to get the job done, and O’Reilly is one of the most prominent members of that team. Not only that, but he is actually one of the hosts at this point who tends to look at multiple sides of the story. We found his first interview to at least be interesting television, and we will keep an eye on this one as well.
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