OpEdNews Op Eds

The Proofiness of Bill O'Reilly

By       Message David Corn     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 2/23/15

Author 90177
Become a Fan
  (4 fans)
- Advertisement -
Trying to back up his wartime reporting claims, O'Reilly selectively quotes the New York Times--but the Times reporter refutes him.

From commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BillOReillySept2010.jpg: Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly
(image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org))
  DMCA

Last week, after Mother Jones published an article by Daniel Schulman and me reporting on Bill O'Reilly's mischaracterizations of his wartime reporting experience, the Fox News host replied with insult, denial, threatening rhetoric, and bombast.

Insult: He called me a "liar," a "despicable guttersnipe," and "garbage."

Denial: Though the story included video of O'Reilly stating he had been "in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands," O'Reilly insisted, "I never said I was on the [Falklands] island, ever."

- Advertisement -

Threatening rhetoric: In one of his many comments to other reporters (while continuing to ignore the questions we sent him before publication), O'Reilly declared that I deserve "to be in the kill zone."

Bombast: O'Reilly proclaimed, "Everything I said about my reportorial career -- EVERYTHING -- is accurate."

And that was just in the first 24 hours. Eventually, O'Reilly added another element to his arsenal: proofiness.

After nearly a day of hurling invective, O'Reilly opened his cable show Friday night with a monologue that assailed me as a smear-meister. But he also tried to win the day by producing documents that, he asserted, showed how he had been unfairly tarred. "In what I consider to be a miracle," he declared, "I found this CBS internal memo from 33 years ago praising my coverage" of a protest in Buenos Aires that happened just as the 1982 Falklands war ended.

Our article had pointed out that O'Reilly's later accounts of this protest -- which he called a "combat situation" -- contained significant contradictions with the factual record. He has claimed that soldiers fired into the crowd, that "many" people were killed, and that "I was out there pretty much by myself because the other CBS correspondents were hiding in the hotel." (The Mother Jones article said nothing about how O'Reilly covered the protest at the time.)

Go to Mother Jones to read the rest of this article.
- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

http://www.motherjones.com/
David Corn is  Mother Jones ' Washington bureau chief. For more of his stories,  click here . He's also  on  Twitter  and  FacebookRSS  |    David is (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Can Obama Disrupt the Shutdown Narrative?

Cheney on Torture: Lying or Ignorant?

Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs Problem

George W. Bush's CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public

Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington

The Iranian Nuclear Deal: What the Experts Are Saying