On Monday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly had an exchange with Fox News senior political contributor Brit Hume over Center for Disease Control director Dr. Thomas Frieden, who O’Reilly was very down on.
Hume was skeptical of what Frieden’s resignation may accomplish in terms of improving the situation. However, O’Reilly was steadfast on his desire to see Frieden go.
Partial transcript as follows:
O’REILLY: But Frieden is the guy who is saying it. Doesn’t that concern you? Frieden is putting the preposterous crap out there. They couldn’t get aid in there. Like, they don’t have transports to get military and medical personnel in? Of course they do.
HUME: I have my doubts of whether this is a decision that’s being made by Frieden.
O’REILLY: It isn’t. He’s a puppet. He’s a puppet. A mouthpiece.
HUME: Look, he’s a subordinate official within a larger government who is, you know, who’s sticking to the policies that have been outlined above him, as far as i can tell —
O’REILLY: Yeah, that’s right.
HUME: — which is I don’t know that getting rid of him makes a difference.
O’REILLY: What do we want a puppet for? Resign. Have a little dignity, Frieden. Have a little dignity — misleading the American public. Come on, Brit! I mean, this is life and death for some people.
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