Bill O’Reilly Calls Helen Thomas a ‘Pinhead’

As NewsBusters reported over the weekend, liberal antagonist Helen Thomas was deliciously smacked down during last Friday's press briefing by White House press secretary Dana Perino.

Fox News's Bill O'Reilly must have heard about this wonderful event, for on Monday's "O'Reilly Factor," the conservative host played some of the encounter for his viewers, and then offered his own opinion.

What follows is a partial transcript of this segment (video available here):

BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Time now for "Pinheads & Patriots."

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On the pinhead front, far-left Washington correspondent Helen Thomas put forth that the American military is targeting civilians in Iraq and got scolded for it.

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DANA PERINO, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I find it really unfortunate that you use your front-row position bestowed upon you by your colleagues to make such statements. It is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing rooms suggest that we at the United States are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.

HELEN THOMAS, JOURNALIST: Do you know how many we have at the start of this war?

PERINO: How many -- we are going after the enemy, Helen. To the extent that any innocent Iraqis have been killed. We have expressed regret for it.

THOMAS: Regret? That doesn't bring back a life.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'REILLY: Pinhead label for Helen Thomas. I think so.

I don't think you're alone, Bill.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.