Bill O’Reilly said he would admit to being ‘an idiot’ if health care was upheld

This article was originally published on June 29, 2012.



March 26, 2012 is the day Bill O’Reilly was interviewing Caroline Fredrickson about the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, The Affordable Care Act. Fredrickson is a constitutional scholar and president of The American Constitution Society.

You may watch their interaction on the left hand side of this article.

At the end of the conversation O’Reilly taunted the much more composed Fredrickson by saying, “Ms. Frederickson, you’re going to lose, and your argument is specious. We appreciate you coming on. But this is absolutely a mandate. It’s absolutely a force. It’s absolutely police powers from the federal government, and it’s going to be 5 to 4.”

Mr. O’Reilly was correct about one thing. The ruling was indeed 5 to 4 in favor, not against. This is what makes his closing comments that much more delicious when he said, “If I’m wrong I will come on, and I will play — I will play your clip. And I will apologize for being an idiot. But I think you’re desperately wrong.”

Caroline Fredrickson closed the conversation simply by accepting his challenge. She said, “All right. Well, I look forward to it.”

36 hours have passed since The Supreme Court declared their decision, and no member of The O’Reilly Factor has commented on Mr. O’Reilly’s commitment.

We will see if he is a man of his word, but I will not be holding my breath. This is, after all, the same Bill O’Reilly who just last year tried to manipulate police forces to investigate the boyfriend of his estranged wife.