Bill O'Reilly: President Trump will ultimately win case against CNN's Jim Acosta

“The White House has a right to impose decorum in a press conference."

Chad Hartman
November 16, 2018 - 11:57 am

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While a judge granted a temporary restraining to CNN today that forced the Trump administration to immediately restore the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, the case has yet to go to trial, and political pundit and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly thinks the president will ultimately prevail in court.

“The White House has a right to impose decorum in a press conference. That's what this was about, and ultimately the White House will win legally,” he told WCCO Radio Chad Hartman on Thursday.

In O’Reilly’s view, Acosta is more of an opinion journalist than a reporter, which he argued is in line with how CNN and MSNBC operate.

“You know that he (Acosta) wants a pie fight. So does CNN, so does MSNBC. They don't want to report the facts,” O'Reilly said. “They're not in the business of news transmission. They want a brawl."

Hartman also questioned O'Reilly about the numerous allegations of sexual harassment he has settled out of court.

In 2016, he allegedly paid out $32 million to a longtime network analyst who accused him of harassment, forcing her into a sexual relationship, and sending her gay pornography, as reported by the New York Times. The Times also reported that O'Reilly had settled claims with five other women for about $13 million.  

O'Reilly told Hartman that the reporting was biased.

“The reporting was desperately unfair. The truth was not sought. My attorneys and I are remedying these things in the legal system, not trying it on the media. Never get a fair cut on the media ever,” he said.

As to why he was fired, he said it had more to do with internal politics than the allegations against him.

“There was an internal struggle for power after Roger Ailes left that organization. And if you watch Fox today, it's not the same that it was. Everybody knows that. And also there were business interests overseas with Sky and a whole bunch of other things that impacted on whatever decision they met,” he said.

“But I did nothing that would warrant this action. And subsequently, my contract was paid off. Um, that was, uh, you know, they had to do that legally and they did it. So there you go.”

O'Reilly's latest book in his bestselling history series "Killing" is "Killing the SS," and depicts the hunt for former Nazi war criminals after the Second World War. 

Listen to the full interview here: