Fox talk show host Bill O’Reilly may have finally found some common ground with his critics.
After predicting earlier this year that the Supreme Court would strike down the Obamacare health plan, O’Reilly said he would apologize for being an idiot if he was wrong.
O’Reilly said on March 26, according to the New York Daily News, "This is absolutely a mandate, it's absolutely a force, it's absolutely police powers from the federal government, and it's going to be 5-4.”
He half-heartedly apologized for not considering John Roberts’s position further. Roberts ruled that Congress could not require individuals to buy insurance or face a penalty but could do that through taxation.
“I’m not really sorry,” O’Reilly said, according to seattlepi.com, “but I am a man of my word. Truthfully, I never in a million years thought the Chief Justice would go beyond the scope of the Commerce Clause debate and into taxation. I may be an idiot for not considering that.”
O’Reilly had been off the air last week, and made his apology on Monday. Before that, he criticized CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz and website Media Matters for remembering what he said in March, calling them “far left coots” for “making a big deal out of this.”
Regular guest Bernard Goldberg said "far left smear sites" were going after O'Reilly. "You may be many things Bill, but naïve isn't one of them," Goldberg said, according to Irish Central. "You made a big, loud prediction, so of course they're going to go after you."