Bill O’Reilly is a political commentator and TV host most known for his show “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. Before O’Reilly became known for expressing his political views, he studied history at Marist College, when he also went abroad in London and played semi-professional baseball. After graduating, O’Reilly continued his studies at Boston University to pursue broadcast journalism. During this time, O’Reilly interned for several newspapers and local stations, which led to his early career in Scranton, Denver, Portland, Hartford, and Boston as a news anchor. O’Reilly’s work eventually earned him two local Emmy awards for excellence in investigative reporting, which led to his next job as a news correspondent for CBS network news. With all his success, O’Reilly launched his show “The O’Reilly Factor” in 1996, commenting on top political news, which he continued to host until 2017.
During his time on “The O’Reilly Factor” O’Reilly candidly expressed his conservative political views, which included marijuana. O’Reilly voiced his support for a limited form of decriminalization that would fine casual users and jail dealers, but he’s completely opposed to recreational marijuana. He has also shut down legalization advocates by constantly making stoner jokes and looking down on adult users, like former presidential candidate Gary Johnson. O’Reilly has been wrong about marijuana use before, when he got in a heated argument in 2014 with drug addiction specialist Dr. Carl Hart. When Hart suggested O’Reilly’s percentage of minors consuming marijuana in America was wrong, O’Reilly told Hart to take it up with the National Institute of Health, which he did because Hart is a council member of the institute. Just a few minutes later, O’Reilly admitted his number was wrong, but his stance on marijuana legalization remains the same.