Love him or hate him, you have to respect Bill O’Reilly for being able to get back into character when the tape is rolling.
Lessons For Podcasters
Aside from the time it took him to yell at his producer, O'Reilly was relatively quick at being able to get himself together enough to properly deliver the needed message. With a good edit, you'd never know anything other than a perfect performance actually happened.
The problem is that you never know if you're going to get a "good edit." This is true whether you send your editing to somebody else or you do it yourself. It's easy to miss things.
I have a friend in radio who flubbed a line when recording a segment and immediately flipped out. He was great at quickly getting back on track, which may have been how he missed about three seconds of material that shouldn't have gone out over the air and did.
In the end, it wasn't a big deal, certainly not an embarrassment like the clip above, which has followed Bill O'Reilly for the last 30 years. Still, had the FCC heard what my friend said, it would have been a problem for the station he was on.
The solution, which is good advice for all people who work around microphones, is to assume all microphones are on. Never say anything you wouldn't want going out to the public.
Don't care what the public hears? Consider this:
When you make a mistake, consider the time it will take to fix it. All podcasters make mistakes, so "fixing things" come with the territory, but the longer you take to move on from one, the longer it's going to take for you to get your episode out (if you edit) or get to the point your listeners are waiting for (if you don't).