NBC News’ Chuck Todd told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday morning that he never considered former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly a true “conservative.”
“Look, I agree with you,” the “Meet the Press” host told Hewitt, a self-described “partisan” who had just said O’Reilly wasn’t really a traditional conservative.
“He was — to me, what he did — he was the tone-setter,” Todd continued. “He was sort of that anti-political correctness.”
“He was the opening act that brought the crowds, but he became almost more fun to watch than the concert itself, sometimes, but he was the entertainer, probably more entertainer than any of the others.”
Todd further called O’Reilly’s Wednesday statement on his departure “incredibly self-aware.” (RELATED: O’REILLY RESPONDS…)
“He said ‘informed and entertained,'” Todd explained. “He used the word entertained.”
“No real journalist would use that.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.