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No Spin Pwned

Last Thursday, Barack Obama appeared for the first time on Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor." The Fox program uses a nice bit of that Rotational-Movement-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named to package the interview:

"'Factor' Exclusive," reads the online teaser. "Obama in No Spin Zone for first time." The video splash also identifies the spot as a "Factor Exclusive."

Wouldn't it have been embarrassing if some other news outlet totally scooped the Factor, scoring the first Obama interview with the Factor before the Factor?

Fact: Based on a number of factors, the O'Reilly Factor is still the best O'Reilly Factor of all the O'Reilly Factors.

The O'Bama interview will continue on tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday. If I'm lucky, O'Reilly will repeat my new favorite line, which I intend to shamelessly appropriate as my own: "I'm asking this as an American as well as a journalist."

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