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Bill O’Reilly May Have Pulled a Brian Williams


Is Bill O’Reilly the new Brian Williams? Well, one is a highly respected news anchor while the other is blowhard book salesman with his own show on FOX – but both have been accused of making false claims about covering war zones.

Just two weeks after NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months without pay for misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003, Bill O’Reilly has been accused of making false claims about his  coverage of the Falklands War in 1982.

Mother Jones’s David Corn reports that O’Reilly’s stories don’t add up with the facts from the war. O’Reilly has said on multiple occasions that he had spent time in a “war zone” while covering the Falklands conflict as a reporter for CBS News, but CBS News’s chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer says that the only “war zone” was in and around the islands, and “nobody from CBS got to the Falklands.”

For example, in his 2001 book, The No Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America, O’Reilly stated, “You know that I am not easily shocked. I’ve reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands.” And in a 2004 column about US soldiers fighting in Iraq, O’Reilly noted, “Having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands war, I know that life-and-death decisions are made in a flash.”

Turns out O’Reilly’s dramatic stories from his time in the Falklands combat zone were actually from Buenos Aires – a thousand miles from where the fighting was. Schieffer, who was the network’s lead correspondent covering the war at the time, said he “came close” to reaching the Falklands, but the task proved “impossible.” He, O’Reilly and other CBS reporters were based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Shortly after the Mother Jones report was published, O’Reilly went on an angry tirade, calling the story a “giant piece of defamation,” “a lie,” and a smear.

“I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was!” O’Reilly told Politico.

He went on to call one of the writers, David Corn, a “disgusting piece of garbage,” a “guttersnipe liar,” and a “far-left assassin.”

While Brian Williams got a hefty suspension for padding his war reporting, Bill O’Reilly will continue on with the O’Reilly Factor. Makes sense. If FOX News got rid of every anchor who lied or exaggerated, there wouldn’t be anyone left. The whole “Paris No Go Zone” fiasco alone would have cost them half their staff.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Between Two Ferns

Current EVent Cat - Between Two Ferns

President Barack Obama appeared on Zach Galifianakis’s mock talk show Between Two Ferns to promote the Affordable Healthcare Act website, but at least one political pundit doesn’t believe comedy should be used to promote Obamacare: Bill O’Reilly.

The heavily scripted Funny or Die video included interview questions about Obama’s legacy:

Galifianakis: “What does it feel like to be the last black president?”

Obama: “What’s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?”

And a discussion about North Ikea:

Galifianakis: “So how does it work? Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf? I read somewhere that you’d be sending Hulk Hogan to Syria. Or is that a job more for Tanya Harding?”

Obama: “He’s not our ambassador.”

The Between Two Ferns video quickly went viral, but it wasn’t well received by everyone. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly blasted the mock interview, arguing that Abe Lincoln would NEVER do a Funny or Die video.

“The Affordable Care Act is dubious, to say the least, and using a comedic website to enroll people is a little bit desperate, don’t you think?” O’Reilly said. “I mean, I’m all for PR, and if [White House Spokesman Jay] Carney wanted to go on Funny or Die, fine. But the president of the United States? All I can tell you is, Abe Lincoln would not have done it.”

Well, that’s true considering the technology wasn’t quite up to speed in the 1860s, but Lincoln was actually a known prankster with a great sense of humour – so he totally would have done a Between Two Ferns style interview.

Although O’Reilly deemed the interview “demeaning” and “a farce”, he can’t argue about its effectiveness. A government health care spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that 19,000 viewers of the Galifianakis video had already clicked through to visit Healthcare.gov.

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Zimmerman Prostests Turn Ugly, Bill O’Reilly Sums Up Protesters

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In an unsurprising turn of events, the George Zimmerman verdict protests are turning violent.

In Los Angeles 150 people broke away from a peaceful demonstration on Monday night and began attacking people, stomping on cars, breaking store windows, and setting fires. Fourteen people were arrested amid the Zimmerman related vandalism and assaults as 350 LAPD officers swarmed the Crenshaw district to control the riot.

The city’s police chief said his officers would adopt a tougher approach to any further disturbances and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged protesters to remain peaceful.

“The trial that we saw in Florida has ignited passions but we have to make sure that it will not ignite the city,” Mayor Garcetti said.

“We are a better city than what we have seen tonight in the hands of a few people, and we will make sure that the community here in South Los Angeles is safe on its streets.”

But just who are these protesters? Well, those who are upset by the George Zimmerman verdict can be classified into two groups: those who “simply hate America” and those who “believe the country is flat-out racist” and “suffer a victim mentality” – in Bill O’Reilly’s mind anyway.

After discussing some of the protests that began after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder, the Fox News host explained how everyone who disagreed with the verdict was basically a sore loser.

“So the anti-American folks are using the acquittal of George Zimmerman to vent their hatred,” O’Reilly said. “America in general had nothing to do with the death of Trayvon Martin. It was a calamity, not a product of policy.”

“Now the second group of Americans emotionally invested in the demise of George Zimmerman are those who believe their country is flat out racist. That blacks and other minorities don’t get fair play from the justice system, the economic system or the social system. Many of these Americans are nursing personal grievances. Others are victims of the victim mentality.”

O’Reilly’s list of people who “hate America” grows pretty much anytime anyone does anything he disapproves of, but this time it seems legit. If you’re upset with the decision of six jurors you clearly hate America, but if you’re upset with the decision of millions of Americans who voted for Obama, you clearly love America. Makes total sense.  

Via: BBC News

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Fox News Invents a War on Easter

War on Easter

Because the war on Christmas is still 9 months away and Fox News needs to fill the air with something, there is now a war on Easter.

Bill O’Reilly took it upon himself to start the war on Easter rants last week on his show, the O’Reilly Factor. According to O’Reilly, we won the war on Christmas (really?) and now we must protect Judeo-Christian traditions by winning the war on Easter.

O’Reilly was angry about the decision of five public school districts to rename Easter eggs and bunnies spring eggs and spring bunnies.

Why is this war on Easter happening?

Because “secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated, and they are trying to diminish any form of religion.”

In a weird twist, O’Reilly also insinuates that if we don’t stop the war on Easter, women will be running around having abortions for any reason at any time. Just like they do in Canada. Ummm… I’m pretty sure that’s not true… but that’s a whole other issue.

The Easter issue also outraged the hosts of Fox and Friends after the principal of one Alabama elementary school instructed teachers not to have events linked to Christianity because one classroom could represent as many as six different religions.

Principal Lydia Davenport says “Kids love the bunny and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter bunny’ so that we don’t infringe on the rights of others because people relate the Easter bunny to religion; a bunny is a bunny and a rabbit is a rabbit.”

The Fox news hosts argued that schools should be able to have the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs because it doesn’t have anything really to do with Easter.

“This is how it becomes so ridiculous,” Host Gretchen Carlson said, “Let’s just call it Easter and move on. Next week, you don’t have to worry about it.”

Yes, next week the war of Easter will be over. Until Fox needs something to talk about next year.

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Even Bill O’Reilly is Down with Gay Marriage

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly claims that gay marriage opponents have a weak argument and are basically a bunch of bible thumpers.

On the O’Reilly Factor last night, the conservative host discussed the ongoing Supreme Court cases regarding same-sex marriage with his colleague Megyn Kelly. Both O’Reilly and Kelly agreed that public poicy should not be determined by religion and arguments against same sex marriage were not very persuasive once the religious aspect was removed. Who knew Bill O’Reilly would come out in favour of gay marriage? Well, he’s not necessarily “in favour”, but he says he doesn’t really care one way or another… I’ll take it!

“I agree with you 100 percent, the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals,” O’Reilly said. “That is where the compelling argument is. We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else.”

“That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”

“I support civil unions, I always have,” he added. “The gay marriage thing, I don’t feel that strongly about it one way or the other. I think the states should do it.”

Attention gay marriage opponents: when Bill O’Reilly starts to sound more reasonable than you, it’s time to start second-guessing yourself. I’m talking to you, Saxby “I’m not gay so I’m not going to marry one” Chambliss.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Bill O’Reilly segment if he didn’t take a jab at the Democrats. He calls both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama “phonies” and “sleazy politicians” for changing their opinions on gay marriage based on public support.

Here’s the clip:

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