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After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn't "half as responsible as the men who forged the nation." He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other "distortions" by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O'Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don't withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in. [Source]
Well, if that's the standard they are embracing, then let them apply it to Bill O'Reilly as well. Back in 2006, O'Reilly took an extended book promotion tour to Kuwait where he visited with soldiers and signed copies of his book. Reports at the time described how "servicemembers asked O'Reilly about his own tour of duty in Kuwait during Desert Storm." That might have been an interesting story except for the fact that O'Reilly never did a tour of duty in Kuwait during Desert Storm, or anywhere else since he never served in the military at all.
O’Reilly denied the magazine's allegations in an interview Thursday night.
"I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was,” he told Politico. “I was in Buenos Aires... In Buenos Aires we were in a combat situation after the Argentines surrendered."
The authors of the Mother Jones piece argue that a protest, where Argentines demonstrated against the military junta’s decision to pull back from the conflict, did not constitute combat in a war zone. They said there is little evidence to suggest there was major violence during the protest.
"It's a hit piece," O'Reilly told Politico. "Everything I said about what I reported in South and Central America is true. Everything."
He also called the author of the piece, David Corn, a “despicable guttersnipe.”
Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.
watch O'Reilly expecting him to give you the straight up news, you're about as silly as all those hip, young things who think Jon Stewart was their straight up anchor.
originally posted by: IAMTAT
Not really the same thing.
I don't really like the guy, but O'Reilly is a commentator...and doesn't represent his network.
Williams is/was a Network News Anchor...and does represents his network's news product.