|He is abrasive.
Posted: 3/6/2013 10:24:45 AM
It's his style and it's what made him a millionaire.
People watch him because they either love him or hate him.
His most memorable "heated" debate that I can think of was a few years ago when Barney Frank was on The Factor. Bill challenged the congressman on the housing crisis and Fannie Mae's/Freddie Mac's role.
His most famous meltdown (shout out to DL) was pre-Factor. It was during a commercial break when he hosted Inside Edition. You can watch it on Youtube if you've never seen it.
The biggest mistake I remember was the Shirley Sherrod affair. The Factor ran a clip a few years ago where it appeared she was making a racists decision while at the Dept of Agriculture. When the whole clip was shown O'Reilly admitted he was wrong and vowed never to run a clip again without viewing it in it's entirety.
Besides the above example you can't really say he is wrong when debating. He's debating his side and will make arguments for that side, be it abortion, govt spending, etc. You may disagree but you can't say he is wrong. If he says his favorite color is blue and makes an argument for it you can't say he's wrong.
As far as getting owned, I have never seen O'Reilly get owned. I've seen videos on Youtube that are titled "O'Reilly Gets Owned" which are put on Youtube by people who hate O'Reilly. Usually those people have downloaded numerous videos titled "(Fill-in-the-Blank) Gets Owned." Which is always O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck and never a liberal.
I've also seen clips on The Daily Show and Colbert Report where segments will be edited to about a 10sec sound bite to make O'Reilly look bad. It's a comedy show where liberal writers add quirky comebacks where everyone laughs and hopefully no one takes seriously.