Fox News host Bill O’Reilly dissed conservative talk radio host and icon Rush Limbaugh at an event in New York City Wednesday evening.
According to the Daily Beast, O’Reilly told the audience, “I’m not Rush Limbaugh or Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), where everything has to fit into my worldview… I’m a fact-based guy. A lot of people don’t understand that.”
O’Reilly made his remarks about being a “fact-based guy” days after he tried to convince his viewers that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) did not lose his primary race last week to Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) because of the amnesty issue. O’Reilly conveniently ignored the fact that Dave Brat said amnesty was the “central” issue in the race.
“The central policy issue in this race has become Cantor’s absolute determination to pass an amnesty bill. Cantor is the No. 1 cheerleader in Congress for amnesty,” Brat wrote. “This is not the Republican way to fix our economy and labor markets.”
And as Breitbart News reported, a post-election poll of the district’s voters found that “52% of primary voters said that Cantor’s position on immigration was either the ‘main reason’ they voted for his opponent David Brat or had a ‘significant part’ in influencing their vote.” In addition, “26% of voters changed from Cantor to Brat in the final two weeks,” which was when “Brat, with the help of conservative talk radio hosts Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, hammered Cantor for supporting amnesty.”
O’Reilly may have had his reasons for wanting to spin last week’s shocker in his “no spin zone” because, as Breitbart News reported, “O’Reilly, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), supported the Senate’s amnesty bill, which the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of the American workers O’Reilly has vowed to look out for.”