Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly may not be as friendly as they used to be, but they can both take solace in the fact that both of their ratings this past week were outstanding. Some of this, of course, is due to the presidential debate that took place Monday. When computing ratings at Showbuzz Daily, Bill O’Reilly attracted an average of 3.75 viewers a night, and Megyn Kelly wasn’t too far behind with a 3.5 million average.
On Thursday evening, Bill O’Reilly talked about President Obama’s town hall meeting with CNN and had a lot to say.
“There are just 40 days left before Barack Obama becomes a lame-duck president,” O’Reilly pointed out right before noting that Obama participated in the town hall with “friendly folks.”
O’Reilly then showed a video where Obama discusses why he doesn’t say the words “Islamic terrorism.”
“I learned from listening to some of these Muslim families both in the United States and overseas is that when you start calling these organizations ‘Islamic terrorists,’ the way it’s heard by our friends and allies around the world is that sometimes Islam is terrorist,” Obama told the audience before adding that innocent Muslims feel under attack.
O’Reilly then accused Obama of having a naïve view of the world. First, O’Reilly did point out that most Muslims aren’t violent people. However, he added that many Muslim nations heavily contribute to terrorism. He used Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Africa as examples of countries that give Muslim terrorists free reign.
Megyn Kelly had a week of criticism for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. However, on Thursday evening, Kelly noted that Donald Trump was closing the gap with Hillary Clinton in battleground states.
“Today we have been pouring over data from RealClearPolitics.com and found some dramatic numbers in the seven key states that together represent more than a third of all of the electoral votes needed to win. According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Donald Trump is now leading in five of the seven top battleground states,” Kelly told her audience at the beginning of her show.
Kelly added that Trump was up five points in Iowa, more than two points in Nevada, two in Ohio, and one point in North Carolina. She said it was pretty much a dead heat in Florida, and while Clinton is still leading in Pennsylvania, Trump has narrowed the gap to less than two points in a state that pundits suggested he could not win.
Tom Bevan, the Real Clear Politics co-founder, then appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show.
“It’s been really close for basically the entire month of September. And so you know, Trump is going to try and run up his numbers in the North and the panhandle. Clinton will run up her numbers in Southern Florida and then the battle will be fought as it always is in Florida in that I-4 corridor of Hillsborough County around Tampa is where that state will be decided,” Beven predicted when it comes to Florida.
It would be interesting to find out how (or if) the polls change now that the New York Times has revealed that Trump’s tax records show he could have avoided taxes for nearly two decades. Trump claims that the New York Times has illegally obtained his tax records. It will be interesting to see how Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly tackle the topic this week.
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