…That’s easier said than done, especially after O’Reilly chose to start threatening reporters. His best move now would be to do the difficult, responsible thing, the thing truly great journalists have been doing for decades: admit he screwed up, apologize and try to move on.
That might damage his brand as the swaggering no-spin guy, and it might even lose him some viewers. But it would begin to restore his reputation in a profession that isn’t perfect and doesn’t expect its practitioners to be — but also doesn’t expect valid questions to be answered with the snarling, empty threats of a coward. 1