O'Reilly: Did he actually say that word, enchanted?
Goldberg: I cannot picture any journalist asking Franklin Roosevelt if he was enchanted.... Because they were men of a different era, they were men of a John Wayne era. Today's men...especially men in journalism, they're softer.... They want to know about your feelings.
O'Reilly: I don't know what that means. I know what the enchanted forest is...
Goldberg: It's the kind of question that fits our metrosexual times, if you know what I mean.
We know exactly what you mean, Bernie. You mean "homosexual times." Now it's possible that O'Reilly and Goldberg were not aware that Zeleny is in fact a gay man—something Media Matters, for some reason, didn't point out—which would render their jocular insinuations that the Times pansy asked a pansy question something just short of bigotry. But the high-school locker-room banter, with all the subtlety of a Sean Delonas cartoon, tells a different story.
The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb also got in on the act, writing that "Jeff Zeleny embarrassed himself and his paper when he asked Obama what was the most 'enchanted' moment of his first 100 days. I was unable to see whether the question was read out of a My Little Unicorn notepad."