by Nicole Flatow
On March 26, American Constitution Society President Caroline Fredrickson stood up to Bill O’Reilly and stood by the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”
She countered his “polemic exaggeration” with the “calm and factual,” even explaining that the penalty for not purchasing health care is justified under the power to tax.
O’Reilly, exasperated by his inability to match Fredrickson’s factual assertions, concluded with his prediction that the law would be struck down by the Supreme Court.
“If I’m wrong,” he said, “I will come on and I will play your clip, and I will apologize for being an idiot.”
Since the Supreme Court issued its decision to uphold the law Thursday, O’Reilly hasn’t said a thing about his promise to Fredrickson, in spite of mounting news coverage, and calls for an apology.
On CNN’s Reliable Sources, Margaret Carlson asked, “Where’s the second clip? - ‘I’m an idiot.’” (h/t Media Matters)
In coverage of the O’Reilly/Fredrickson showdown by The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Fredrickson explained that she contacted O’Reilly’s producer to set up a second appearance, but hasn’t heard anything back.
Although O’Reilly was on vacation last week, he did have time to call into the show and “rant” about the court’s decision.
“But,” notes Wemple, “there wasn’t quite enough time to fit in an apology to Fredrickson.”
Join Media Matters and ACS in telling O’Reilly “we are waiting” for an apology, and tweet at the hashtag #BillOreillyWeAreWaiting.