As a working-class kid who attended Harvard, what was your impression of the student body and faculty? Alfred Basso CHARLESTON, S.C.
Well, the faculty at the Kennedy School of Government was pretty good when I was there. The most interesting class I had was Persuasion, and I use a lot of the points I learned there on the air to try to get people to listen to you, and to make your point so that they understand it.
Have you ever changed your mind on an issue as a result of an interview you've done? Ben Doty, SYCAMORE, ILL.
I am open to hearing [a subject's] point of view, but I must tell you that we are very thoroughly researched. It's not Larry King, with all due respect to Mr. King. When I come in, I come in armed and dangerous. But if somebody impresses me, I'll think about it more, and if I change my mind, I'll tell the audience.
Everyone calls you a conservative, but you classify yourself as independent. Why? Stephen Wells, TORONTO
I hold some traditional conservative positions, absolutely, but I hold liberal positions as well. When I go out on the street, the real conservatives look at me askance: How come you're not attacking Obama? How come you believe in global warming? But that's never picked up by the left-wing media.
Would you ever consider working for CNN or any news network other than Fox News? Raymond La, STUART, FLA.
I work for people. I don't work for a network. So if there's a person over there who I respect, and they wanted me to do a certain thing, I would consider it.
You have become a more vocal supporter of environmental policies in recent years. Was there any particular event that prompted this change? Saleem H. Ali, BURLINGTON, VT.
I've always been a green guy ... ever since I read Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson. Obviously, we have to have energy here, but why we don't have alternative energy, like Brazil, is a scandal. As far as what I can do, I have to travel quickly, therefore I use transportation that uses energy, but I hardly use gas anymore. I'll walk.
Do you think it's O.K. to say "shut up" to someone you are interviewing? Daniel Cruz, WATERBURY, CONN.
I've said "shut up" six times in 12 years, and they all deserved it. They were either bloviating, filibustering or lying.
After a contentious interview, what kind of dialogue takes place during commercial breaks? Brent Taylor, DALLAS
I've never had anybody be angry with me in a commercial break. I mean, they know what they're getting into coming in here. In the beginning there were a couple people that were startled, but now even the dimmest person knows what The O'Reilly Factor is, and they're going to be challenged.
Given your defense of Sarah Palin's judgment on Bristol Palin, do you take back what you said about Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy--that her parents were to blame? Emil Caillaux, LIMA
When I talked about the Spears parents, I said the parents were pinheads because they didn't supervise their young daughters. I stand by that remark. There's no evidence that the Palins did not supervise their daughter or their other children.
Did your interview with Barack Obama change your opinion of him? Edward Pniewski LANSING, MICH.
I don't endorse candidates, and I don't tell people who to vote for, but I learned something about him: that he's a sincere man and a tough guy. His policy is what he says it is. He's no phony. He's telling you: I'm going to set up a big government apparatus, I'm going to redistribute income and I'm going to use more soft power than hard power abroad. What he says is what he believes.
If your story were made into a movie, who would you want to play you? Andrew Y.H. Sun, LOS ANGELES
Clint Eastwood is 78, but maybe at 52 Clint would have been the guy. Absolutely would have been the guy.
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