Bill O’Reilly, one of the most arrogant and pompous broadcasters to ever take to the airwaves, believed a man who ran up to him with a video camera Wednesday night might have had a knife.
So the Fox News anchor shoved an umbrella in the man’s face.
According to the Talking Points Memo:
Branden Lane of Milwaukee, who is part of a group called Wisconsin Jobs Now and was in D.C. as part of the Take Back The Capitol movement, told TPM he was standing outside the Willard when someone pointed out O’Reilly walking out of the hotel. He followed him, camera in hand, asking him if he was Gingrich’s fundraiser.
“Leave me alone right now,” O’Reilly tells the man.
“Mr. O’Reilly, were you at Gingrich’s fundraiser?” Lane asked.
The video then shows O’Reilly’s open umbrella hitting the camera. “Sorry about that,” O’Reilly says as the wind flipped his umbrella inside out.
O’Reilly tried to persuade a police officer to arrest Lane, but the cop did not pursue the matter.
TPM compiled the above video with footage from the incident as well as an interview with Lane and O’Reilly’s statements on Fox News where he calls for a law to prevent people from running up to him with a camera.
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