Claiming "I'm not making any comparison here," O'Reilly asserted that like Pelosi, Hitler also "practiced for hours before making a speech"

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On The O'Reilly Factor, after guest Tonya Reiman claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's body language during a recent speech suggested she "practices the speech too much," Bill O'Reilly responded: "You know who used to do that, who practiced for hours before making a speech? And I'm not making any comparison here. So, don't -- you crazy left-wing websites out there, it's not a comparison. Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler practiced for hours, all of his ... gestures and everything else before he went out there."

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During a "body language" segment on the September 30 broadcast of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly and guest Tonya Reiman discussed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) body language during her speech before the September 29 vote on the proposed $700 billion financial bailout bill. During the discussion, Reiman said: "I think that what happens is she [Pelosi] practices the speech too much and wants to come across as forceful and powerful and uses gestures that she might think are forceful." After O'Reilly stated, "So she's practicing," Reiman reiterated, "I think she does practice." O'Reilly replied: "You know who used to do that, who practiced for hours before making a speech? And I'm not making any comparison here. So, don't -- you crazy left-wing websites out there, it's not a comparison. Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler practiced for hours, all of his ... gestures and everything else before he went out there. So if you practice your gestures, and then you get out there and you screw them up, you just -- you should just be natural."

As Media Matters for America has documented, O'Reilly frequently attacks those with whom he disagrees -- such as the Daily Kos and Huffington Post -- by comparing them to the Nazis.

From the September 30 broadcast of The O'Reilly Factor:

O'REILLY: "Body Language" segment tonight: Three interesting situations beginning with Speaker Pelosi's unbelievable monologue yesterday before the bailout vote.

PELOSI [video clip]: Seven hundred billion dollars -- a staggering number but only a part of the cost of the failed Bush economic policies to our country. ... Now, eight years later, the foundation of that fiscal irresponsibility, combined with an anything-goes economic policy, has taken us to where we are today.

O'REILLY: Which is chaos. With us now, the doyenne of body language, the queen of physical motion, Tonya Reiman. Now, when we last left Nancy Pelosi, you were saying that her hand gestures don't match --

REIMAN: Her verbal --

O'REILLY: -- what she's saying.

REIMAN: Yeah.

O'REILLY: It's the same thing here?

REIMAN: I constantly see that. And one of the interesting things I saw tonight was, as she's pointing, it's like her fingers are stuttering. So, watch as she points.

O'REILLY: The fingers are stuttering.

REIMAN: It's almost as if there's a verbal exclamation point that she's trying to make as she makes a point. Watch.

O'REILLY: There it is. There it goes.

REIMAN: Ba-ba-boom. You see it? Ba-ba-boom. And she does this in this entire speech. I saw this consistently. And I always feel like her gestures are just too rehearsed.

O'REILLY: Is it maybe she's just not coordinated?

REIMAN: It's possible. That's absolutely possible.

O'REILLY: You know? You know who Joe Cocker is? The singer, the rock singer -- Joe Cocker, OK?

REIMAN: Yes.

O'REILLY: He gets out there, and he's doing all this, and he's just not coordinated, you know?

REIMAN: Right. But your gestures should be more natural. As we're talking, you know, there's certain gestures that are automatic.

O'REILLY: Do you think that Nancy Pelosi, while she's giving a stem-winder speech like that, knows what her hands are doing?

REIMAN: No. I think that what happens is she practices the speech too much and wants to come across as forceful and powerful, and uses gestures that she might think are forceful and powerful --

O'REILLY: OK.

REIMAN: For instance, she started off with the rigid point.

O'REILLY: So, she's practicing.

REIMAN: I think she does practice, yes.

O'REILLY: You know who used to do that, who practiced for hours before making a speech? And I'm not making any comparison here. So, don't -- you crazy left-wing websites out there, it's not a comparison. Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler practiced for hours, all of his --

REIMAN: Well, he was a nonverbal -- yeah.

O'REILLY: -- all of his gestures and everything else before he went out there. So, if you practice your gestures, and then you get out there and you screw them up, you just -- you should just be natural.

REIMAN: Well, his nonverbals were quite different. I mean, he had powerful --

O'REILLY: But let's get back to Pelosi.

REIMAN: Yes -- right, yeah.

O'REILLY: She's not natural.

REIMAN: No, they don't come across as natural.

O'REILLY: It's stilted.

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