There was a touchy situation this morning in the gym at Nashua North High School after an Obama rally with Bill O’Reilly and an Obama staffer. The Obama staffer wasn’t just any staffer however, it was Marvin Nicholson, John Kerry’s former body man:
Bombastic Fox News host Bill O’Reilly got into a confrontation with an Obama aide after O’Reilly started screaming at him as he tried to get Barack Obama’s attention following a rally here.
Reuters captured this photo:
Lynn Sweet reports, “The incident was triggered when O’Reilly–with a Fox News crew shooting–was screaming at Obama National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson “Move” so he could get Obama’s attention, according to several eyewitnesses.
“O’Reilly was yelling at him, yelling at his face,” a photographer shooting the scene said.
O’Reilly grabbed Nicholson’s arm, said “move” and shoved him, another eyewitness said. Nicholson, who is 6’8 said O”Reilly called him “low class.”
Secret Service agents came after O’Reilly pushed Nicholson and the agents flanked O’Reily.
Obama had his back turned at this point and did not see any of this. O’Reilly yelled “sir” at Obama and Obama walked over, not aware of what happened and told him he had an overflow crowd to visit. According to the time code from a photographer shooting the two, Obama and O’Reilly talked about 12 seconds near 11:45 a.m. eastern time.
This 2nd photo from Reuters shows Obama talking to O’Reilly after the incident (oh to be a fly on the wall):
Anyone who knows Nicholson, via the ’04 Kerry campaign, knows Marvin is just as nice as they come. Shame on O’Reilly. What a piece of scum. Pushing around staff members is not the right way to go about getting a story.
The Obama campaign should bar Bill O’Reilly from covering any other events.
Big Head DC is trying to claim Marvin Nicholson is blowing the incident out of proportion and that “at no point was Secret Service involved.” Bull shit. There’s photo’s showing the Secret Service stepping in and showing O’Reilly clearly reiled up. FYI, Big Head DC, the tall guy with his back to the camera wearing a black shirt is Marvin Nicholson.
NBC’s Mark Hudspeth quotes Marvin Nicholson:
“I’ve worked two campaigns, and I’ve never had a member of the press lay hands on a staff member before,” Nicholson said.
And TV Newswer (also claiming NO Secret Service involvement – WTF)) notes:
O’Reilly’s comments about all this, and the videotape of the incident, will be on Fox News this afternoon during the 3pmET hour.
The photos above taken by Reuters speak loud and clear about O’Reilly’s actions.
UPDATE 10:41 pm pst: Hours later this story is still abuzz on Memeorandum and it’s been reported by CBS, CNN, Slate, and the N.Y. Times blog The Caucus who felt inclined to add a response from Bill O’s producer, essentially claiming Marvin wouldn’t move so it must have been okay for Bill O’ to push him out of the way. WTF?
For more on Marvin Nicholson, see this great piece from the N.Y. Times during the ’04 election: “Meet Marvin Nicholson Jr., chief of stuff.”
UPDATE 2: Marvin Nicholson talks to CNN about the incident with Bill O’Reilly:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nD2fD1rqEo