David Kirkpatrick

December 10, 2008

Bill O’Reilly v. Hendrik Hertzberg

This is a very funny account, from Hertzberg’s perspective, of an O’Reilly-created flap between Hertzbert, Newt Gingrich and O’Reilly based on Hertzberg’s commentary in the New Yorker about Gingrich’s reaction to Anti-Prot 8 protesting after election day.

I’ll have to say I think the New Yorker, and editor David Remnick got the best of this entire exchange.

From the link:

Update: One more exchange between Ron Mitchell, the O’Reilly producer at Fox, and David Remnick, from late this afternoon (Friday, December 5th).

Mitchell to Remnick:


Much has been said about all this over the last few days. I just still want to make sure that you are comfortable with the whole situation. If you think that you have not been treated fairly, please let me know, and we can do something with you on the air.


Remnick to Mitchell:


Dear Mr. Mitchell,


Thanks for your courteous note. It’s an interesting contrast in tone with the the fantastical on-air description of Rick as a left-wing zealot, the nonsense that he had refused a real interview before sending a crew to his apartment building, and the sneering descriptions of Rick, me, and the magazine from Mr O’Reilly on air. Quite a performance. So while I appreciate your note, you’ll forgive me if I pass in wanting to engage this any more. What I said at the start stands: I thought Rick’s piece, considering Newt Gingrich’s language, was, as you might put it, fair and balanced.


Respectfully yours, David Remnick