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Jesse Watters, the O’Reilly Factor Ambusher, Ambushed

ThinkProgress.org was able to catch up with Jesse Watters and ask him a few questions before he was able to hop in an elevator. He tried to avoid the questions, having had them asked numerous times, and was caught in a few lies. First he stated that he didn’t know who ThinkProgress.org was. Then he stated that he sat down with Amanda Terkel. And as he got in the elevator, he stated that he didn’t refuse to comment for the NY Times.

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Of course Watters knows about ThinkProgress – he said he called them, though nobody at ThinkProgress agrees, and he followed Amanda Terkel for hours and then she stopped on the street to talk to him. She never “sat down” with him. As for the NY Times claim, reporter Brian Stelter stated, “I called Mr. Watters repeatedly at his office #, and he referred my calls to Fox’s PR people. He refused to comment.”

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Jesse Watters Finally Ambushed… Sorta

John Cook from Gawker.com finally met up with Jesse Watters, a producer for The O’Reilly Factor,  outside of his Huntington, NY house on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, they didn’t get an interview as they avoided confrontation and allowed Watters to leave, without incident, or a word spoken.

After two months of tracking and waiting for such an opportunity, the result is a disappointment, but the nonconfrontational nature of the “ambush” goes further in showing how much of a coward Watters is. If he can dish it out, he should be able to take it. But alas, he wasn’t even asked to take it. He was given courtesy, but he had none to give in return.

Are any of us really surprised?

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NYTimes Address O’Reilly’s Connection To Doctor Killer

As you probably have heard by now, especially if you follow this blog and watched the Keith Olberman video posted yesterday, many people are placing the blame of Dr. George Tiller’s death on Bill O’Reilly‘s shoulders. At least, blaming him for inciting violence against Dr. Tiller.

Here are a few choice things O’Reilly has said over the years about Dr. Tiller:

  • “Tiller the baby killer”
  • “blood on his hands”
  • “I wouldn’t want to be these people if there is a Judgment Day”
  • “If I could get my hands on Tiller…”

Over the past four or five years, it has been documented, Bill O’Reilly referenced Dr. Tiller 29 times! Make that 29 separate episodes of The O’Reilly Factor. At one point, he even sicked favorite ambush journalist, Jesse Watters, on Dr. Tiller, who was forced to call 911.

Of course, Bill O’Reilly was quick to blame “far-left zealots” and “Fox News haters.” While he claims that everything he said about Dr. Tiller was true, it does little to assuage the fact that it’s the number of incidents and the language used that are the real issues. It can also be said that, based on the quotes listed above, O’Reilly included hurtful subjective rhetoric that has no place on a “news” channel, or he is an absolute liar.

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Gawker Still Trying to Ambush Jesse Watters

Jesse Watters, the producer for The O’Reilly Factor who likes to ambush and harass unsuspecting people and then calls it journalism, is still being hunted by Gawker.com.

Apparently Gawker bloggers learned of Watters’ new $545,000 home, located in a cul-de-sac in Huntington, NY, and have been talking to his neighbors (and the cops called on them). A cul-de-sac has one way in and one way out, so it’s just a matter of time. Hopefully the bloggers more luck ambushing Jesse Watters this time around….

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Greta Van Susteren vs. Bill O’Reilly

As you know, Bill O’Reilly is known for having his people conduct ambush-style reporting. Recently, The O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters has made a name for himself for this very reason. Fox News, obviously, sees no problem with this lack of journalistic integrity.

Someone should tell Greta Van Susteren that she works for Fox News. Here she is after the White House Correspondents Dinner, to which she brought Todd Palin…

The reporter may have been working – but he was not. He was at a social event and not looking to be ambushed by a surprise interview.

This looks like another case of Fox News personalities wanting to dish it out, but not being able to take it.

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@JesseWatters Fake?

It’s come to light that the @jessewatters account on Twitter may be fake and doesn’t actually belong to The O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters, who Gawker.com is trying to interview. Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter), a reporter for the Washington Times, posted the following:

@JesseWatters is a BOGUS account. This is not the real Factor producer Jesse Watters. Block this feed, do not follow. It is an imposter... I talked with the real Jesse Watters. He’d like to shut down the fake @JesseWatters. Help him by getting this message out. Tks!!

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O’Reilly Producer Caught Lying

If you’re like me, you’re following Gawker.com and waiting to see if they ever catch up with The O’Reilly Factor producer, Jesse Watters, much less get to ask him the questions they’ve outlined on their site. Their questions cover the following topics.

On Twitter, Watters stated that he doesn’t consider what he does ambushing, but the evidence shows an entirely different story. These facts are from the horses ass mouth so-to-speak.

Exhibit 1) A blog post by Watters titled “Producer’s Notebook: Ambushed.”

Exhibit 2) O’Reilly interview with Watters – O’Reilly: “Back of the Book” segment tonight, ambush journalism… With us now “Factor” producer Jesse Watters, one of our field guides.

The questions also cover several instances where Watters position is, basically, they need to ambush because people refuse to come on the show. However, it’s hard for someone to accept an invitation when one isn’t offered.

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Ambushing the Ambusher

In complete absence of journalistic integrity, The O’Reilly Factor’s producer Jesse Watters ambushes and harasses people who are critical of the show or O’Reilly’s agenda. Gawker.com wants to see how he likes it…

Apparently Watters can dish out the ambushing, but can’t take it. He has repeatedly refused interviews, so Gawker.com has resorted to using the same tactics against him. Hopefully they’ll have some video soon, but they’re still waiting outside of his last known address.

Update: Jesse Watters is now taunting the Gawker stalkers on Twitter (@jessewatters)

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Jesse Watters Confronts GE Execs at Shareholders’ Meeting

The O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters, apparently a GE shareholder, attended a meeting in order to confront GE executives about alleged media bias concerning MSNBC and Keith Olbermann. Known for his tactics of ambushing and harassment, Watters had Fox News cameras waiting, but didn’t identify himself as an employee of Fox News.

Why does O’Reilly and his ilk need to sink so low when they claim their ratings are so high?

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Shocking: O’Reilly Producer is a Hypocrite

If you recall, Jesse Watters is a producer of The O’Reilly Factor who was recently involved in the harassment of ThinkProgress writer Amanada Terkel. The hypocritical producer, whose apparent job includes stalking people and ambushing them to further O’Reilly’s agenda. Over 80% of the past dozen targets have been considered liberal or critical of Republicans.

Well, one could call this irony, but it’s really not unexpected… The New York Times tried, repeatedly, to interview Jesse Watters. Watters repeatedly denied. You see, that’s not irony. It’s simply hypocrisy.

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ThinkProgress Writer Ambushed by O’Reilly Producer!

Amanda Terkel, a writer for ThinkProgress.org, recounts her recent involvement in an incident in which she was followed, harassed and ambushed by Jesse Watters, a producer working on behalf of Bill O’Reilly. The basis for the harassment was Terkel’s reporting on the hyprocracy of Bill O’Reilly being slated to speak at an event hosted by the Alexa Foundation, a group commited to supporting rape survivors. The following is a quote from Bill O’Reilly:

Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she’s out of her mind, drunk.

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