Will the media remain supportive of President Obama?

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O'REILLY: Thanks for staying with us. I'm Bill O'Reilly.

In the "Weekdays with Bernie" segment tonight, as we've mentioned in the "Talking Points Memo," most liberal commentators are silent about the ISIS and Putin situations right now.

The most generous TV journalist who supports President Obama continues to Brian Williams, the anchor of the NBC Nightly News.

Joining us now from North Carolina, the purveyor of, Mr. Goldberg. So, overall, are you surprised at the way ISIS and Putin are being covered by the national media.

BERNIE GOLDBERG, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, when it comes to the national media, Bill, very, very few things, if anything, surprise me. Let me give you an overview of this, answer your question this way.

As a general rule of thumb, when the American people lose confidence in President Obama and his poll numbers go down, when members of his own party who have supported him on everything start to lose confidence --


-- in President Obama, yes, then there will be some reporters who tend to hold him more accountable than they ever did in the past, OK. But if the gist of the question about whether I'm surprised is about whether, --


-- somehow, the media have turned a corner and, now, they're getting tough on him, I said no in the past and I'm saying no again tonight. And I'll give you a current example.

Catherine Herridge, the first-class journalist at Fox News, comes up with a story the other day that says, in part, that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, received detailed and specific --


-- intelligence regarding the rise of ISIS at least a year before they started gobbling up land in Syria and Iraq. That strikes me as an important story. The President, just last week, still didn't --


-- have a strategy regarding ISIS in Syria even though, for at least a year, he's been getting detailed information about them, right.

So, how do the networks, the big three networks where most Americans still get their news, how do they play the story. They don't.

O'REILLY: Yes, they don't have anything --

GOLDBERG: Nothing.

O'REILLY: Right.


O'REILLY: Right.

GOLDBERG: So, any implication -- and I don't know if you were implying it but others have -- that the media are now getting tough on him. Yes, some reporters are. Some reporters are doing their job.

But, overall, they will tend to emphasize whatever positive is left of this presidency and de-emphasize the negative.

O'REILLY: Well, now, the only -- Friedman in "The New York Times," as I mentioned last night is --


-- probably the only one that I saw this week defending President Obama because Friedman has been saying, "He's being cautious and deliberate," and "You have to do it this way," and all -- you know, I don't see a sense of urgency.

As you just pointed out, if you know about something for a year and you don't have a strategy at the end of the year, that's on you.


O'REILLY: That's your fault, especially when Americans are getting their heads cut off. But the other thing that struck me was, I gave the assignment last night to our producers, "Watch CNN and MSNBC. Watch all their primetime shows."

Now, those shows, as you know, are notorious, notorious for sticking up for President Obama. They all do it, almost a hundred percent of them, on a daily basis.

Nobody did it last night. No one. And that struck me as fairly significant.

GOLDBERG: Yes, it's significant. I don't know how significant but it's significant to this extent.

When you do things or don't do things, in President Obama's case, that are indefensible, when you make a statement about an American getting his head cut off and, eight minutes later, you're playing golf, when you say in a statement that we have to crush ISIS, we have to destroy them and then, a few seconds later, you say that, maybe, they're a manageable problem.

Yes, I'll use the word you used on this program a month or so ago -- it becomes cartoonish if you defend that. You can't defend that. And I'll make a prediction.

O'REILLY: Do you think --

GOLDBERG: Let me make a prediction briefly.

O'REILLY: Go ahead.

GOLDBERG: I think something will happen between today and election day. You know, an October surprise type of thing.

And if and when it does, the same media that is sort of turning on Obama or not commenting at best about him, they will be back on the bandwagon --

O'REILLY: Yes, sure. They're looking for a way to get this because, as I said, emotion investment.

Last question, 30 seconds. Brian Williams, obviously, came across last night as somebody who --


-- was, you know, giving President Obama credibility on the fight against ISIS. Do you think he knows what he's doing or is this, you know, just an anchorman reading the lead.

GOLDBERG: No, he's not just reading the lead. He's an anchor and he's been around a while. This one -- if anything surprises me, --


-- this one surprises me. You can't say the President was unambiguous and clear when he was the opposite. He was ambiguous and unclear.

O'REILLY: That's right. And everybody said, and even Williams' own correspondent's said it. So, why is Williams doing that.

GOLDBERG: I don't know. I mean, it's --

O'REILLY: All right. That's a good answer. I don't know either. I don't know why he's doing it.

Bernie Goldberg, everybody. Both Bernie and I don't know.

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