BillO: “I have more power than anybody other than the President”

Well, nobody ever said humility was Bill O’Reilly’s strong suit.

Think he’s overstating things, just a bit? Don’t get me wrong, I do watch the Factor on a fairly regular basis – but mainly for the guests.

And I’m not sure I can recall the last time he “got things changed.”

FOX broadcaster Bill O’Reilly is not lacking for pride.

“I have more power than anybody other than the president, in the sense that I can get things changed, quickly,” he told Newsweek for a profile out this week.

The Newsweek story paints the picture of a successful – if self-satisfied – television host whose ratings dominate his primetime competition with ease.

The powerhouse viewership has brought him real influence in American politics, he claims.

“I don’t have to go through the legislative process; I don’t have to do any of that. I can just bring it to the people, and say, look, this has gotta be dealt with,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly argues that an appearance on his show can be valuable even for his worst enemies, and that his aggressive lines of questioning can benefit those who can handle it.

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