Obama bashes Fox News in O’Reilly interview on Benghazi, IRS scandal

President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama has a simple answer for why some people still believe the Benghazi attack involved a cover-up to protect his re-election campaign: Because Bill O’Reilly and Fox News told them so.

The President sat down in the White House for a prerecorded interview with O’Reilly, part of which aired Sunday before the Super Bowl. The two men were clearly not at ease, with Obama growing increasingly flustered and frustrated during the head-to-head. O’Reilly grilled the President over the 9/11 attack in Benghazi and whether or not he lied to the American people about the motivation behind the attack.

“Your detractors believe you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out,” O’Reilly said. “That’s what they believe.”

“And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that,” Obama shot back with a laugh.

“No, I’m not telling them that,” O’Reilly said. “I’m asking you whether you were told it was a terror attack.”

“And what I’m saying is that is inaccurate,” the President responded. “We revealed to the American people exactly what we understood at the time.”

And when it came time to talk about the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service, the President was once again quick to point fingers at O’Reilly and Fox News.

“What some people are saying is that the IRS was used at a local level in Cincinnati, maybe other places, to go after — ” O’Reilly said, before the President cut him off.

“Absolutely wrong,” Obama said.

“But how do you know what, because we still don’t know what happened?” O’Reilly pressed.

The President countered that multiple hearings have taken place, ruling out the possibility of the IRS being used to target conservatives and their organizations. Obama implied that any other speculation or questioning was simply being furthered by the Right.

“These kinds of things keep surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said.

The rest of the interview will air Monday evening on The O’Reilly Factor.

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