Tina Brown and Barry Diller’s Daily Beast (A thousand more hours, a thousand more hours!) has a video of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly dispatching a correspondent to ambush interview The New Yorker‘s Hendrik Hertzberg on the streets of New York. Apparently Mr. O’Reilly felt Mr. Hertzberg misquoted his interview with Newt Gringrich, and wanted him to apologize. (This comes via Michael Calderone’s Politico blog.)
What’s amusing about the video isn’t the low-budget Michael Moore wannabe street interview segment—because The O’Reilly Factor has featured those before—but Mr. O’Reilly strained—almost gagging—pronunciation of Mr. Hertzberg’s (and later in the segment, New Yorker editor David Remnick’s) name. To watch it, it’s almost as if the host were forced to speak the name of some sort of exotic (and probably snooty) French entree when all he wants is a simple hamburger and fries.
Why can’t those East Coast elitists’ parents just have given their sons simple, all-American names like… Newt?