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O'Reilly vs. Obama for the Pregame Superbowl

January 6, 2011

Fox’s O’Reilly to interview Obama before the Super BowlPolitical junkies will have some action to look forward to before this year's Super Bowl contenders take the field.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is going to interview President Obama as part of Fox's Super Bowl pregame show. It's a huge get for O'Reilly, who hosts the top-rated show on cable news. And for Obama, it's a chance to reach a large audience tuned in to the hours of pregame coverage.

But the sit-down is still surprising given the occasionally contentious relationship between the White House and the Rupert Murdoch-owned network, home to top conservative hosts like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. At times, things have gotten very tense.

Some top aides publicly bashed Fox News, with the president even putting on his media-critic hat to weigh in.

"I've got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration," Obama said on CNBC in 2009. More recently, Obama described Fox News as "destructive" for the country's growth.

Still, Obama — and other administration officials — have sat down for numerous interviews on Fox News.

Obama last appeared on O'Reilly's show near the end of the 2008 presidential campaign. Although Obama's a sports fanatic, it's safe to expect that O'Reilly won't only be asking about who he expect to win the game.

The Huffington Post's Sam Stein, who confirmed the news with the White House, points out that it's not unprecedented for the commander-in-chief to do an interview before the Super Bowl. Last year, Katie Couric interviewed Obama before the game broadcast on CBS.

The Drudge Report first reported the Obama-O'Reilly interview, which is set to air on Fox Broadcasting on February 6.

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