Nashua Knockout: Bill O’Reilly and Obama National Trip Director Marvin Nicholson Enter the Octagon

Some say O’Reilly threw a punch while others say he pushed Nicholson. Either way, it sounds like things got ugly in Nashua New Hampshire:

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.

Nicholson claims that O’Reilly shoved him several times:

An aide to Barack Obama said talk-show host Bill O’Reilly shoved him several times at the rope line after a campaign event today.

Marvin Nicholson, Obama’s trip director, said the commentator from Fox News Channel pushed him and called him “low class” after Nicholson refused to get out of the way of his cameraman’s shot.

“I’ve worked two campaigns, and I’ve never had a member of the press lay hands on a staff member before,” Nicholson said.

The Factor should be a hoot.

Update 4:47 PM CST:
Gateway Pundit has a photo of the standoff.

Update 4:30 PM CST:
Added video of an O’Reilly interview. Bill’s version is that he “gently removed” Nicholson because he was blocking the Fox camera.

Others Blogging

Firedoglake
Jonah Goldberg predicted it. Glen Reynolds nodded in sage assent. The campaign of Barack Obama will inevitably lead to violence on the campaign trail. ” I seriously think certain segments of American political life will become completely unhinged,” said Goldberg. We scoffed. And yet — it has come to pass

Crooks and Liars
SO BillO thinks he’s above the rest of the press corp and caused a violent incident. FOX calls Marvin —Obama’s body guy. The guy that is always beside Barack Obama. Is Bill O’Reilly going to be stalking any of the Republican candidates today?

Daily Kos
Funny how a big bully like Bill O’Reilly thinks of a taller guy doing his job as “low class.” To the point: Obama refuses to play O’Reilly’s rigged game, and the animosity dates back over a year.

Video: Glenn Beck’s Botched Surgery

The New York Observer describes the unusual video:

In the vid, Mr. Beck, unshaven and emotionally on edge, speaks directly to the camera for more than seven long minutes about his recent surgery (for what? it’s unclear), how it went awry, and how he was left on the brink of suicide as a result. Mr. Beck, while tearing up at times, called the weekend hospitalization “one of the darkest moments” of his life, spoke of “drug-induced” visions, and said the experience could have been a scene from the horror movie Saw.

“By Saturday night, if they would have come into the room with a handgun and said, ‘okay we can give you some more medication or we can give you this handgun, and you can go ahead and blow your brains out’ I would have honestly taken a handgun at that point and ended it,” said Mr. Beck.

I guess we’ll learn more once he gets back to work:

Well it all started out fine. How it all ended with me in the hospital for 5 days and sent home with patches they give people (I found out later) who are at ‘end of life’ for pain is a journey I would like to forget, but know I won’t anytime soon. Today, New Years Day, is the first time since Christmas that I have been able to even attempt to play with the kids so, needless to say, I am not going to make it back for broadcast this week.

We should see Glenn back on air Monday.

Others Blogging:

Hot Air
He’s always been the “eccentric” of the conservative punditocracy. This won’t do anything to change that. Poor guy; sounds like a bad acid trip with stabbing pain on top.

Gawker
We wish him a speedy recovery, obv, and are excited to see what his righteous, Raymond Chandlerian doctor-hatred will bring forth when he returns to the air. Also we are very seriously (or perhaps ghoulishly) curious as to what the hell this is all about.

Matamoros Comic Book Focuses on the Fight Against Radical Islamists

John Cox, of the Cox & Forkum cartoon team (2003 Interview), has illustrated a new book that should appeal to BoW readers:

Chuck Sobietti was a seventeen-year veteran of the U.S. military. He’d seen it all – Gulf War I, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan – but nothing in his experience could prepare him for one fateful day in Iraq and its aftermath.

Part political thriller, part war story, and part “classic” action comic book, Matamoros follows one of America’s heroes in the “Long War” – an ordinary guy who discovers that only extraordinary situations exist when the enemy is a protean entity which refuses to adhere to the laws of war or the laws of civilized nations.

Written by Sleet and Darius LaMonica, and illustrated by John Cox of the Cox & Forkum political cartoon team, Matamoros is the first comic book focusing on the U.S. military’s fight against radical Islamists.

Buy the book (It’s only $3.00) and visit the Matamoros blog.