NEW YORK (INTELLIHUB) — Trust wise, I guess you could say that Bill O’Reilly has bitten the dust. Although I never trusted him in the first place this latest news cycle may remove him from the map as a trusted source altogether. The question is: will Fox step back?
“The story speaks for itself”, Daniel Shulman, Senior Editor of Mother Jones said in response to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, talking about the infamous Bill O’Reilly, an egotistical Fox News host who reportedly lied to his viewers on more than a few occasions over the years.
This all comes to the forefront after NBC’s Brian Williams was yanked from the airwaves, by corporate, shortly after reports surfaced that Williams had been lying to his viewers on the air in a similar situation.
O’Reilly, now in the spotlight, has previously bragged himself up, claiming “to have been in a combat zone, in a war zone, during the Falklands conflict.”, according to Shulman. But “the only place combat took place during that war was the remote Falkland Islands which were 1200 miles from Buenos Aires where Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the press corps.” were covering local protests.
Shulman added that O’Reilly even belittled his “colleagues at CBS at the time”, when he [O’Reilly] blatantly made it known that they [his colleagues] were “cowering in their hotels” during the rather peppy protests which likely aroused O’Reilly’s ego.
Shulman, in response to Chris Cuomo also mentioned the fact that “Bill O’Reilly has also claimed that the Argentinian troops [during the protests] open fired on civilians and killed many people.”, contrary to actual accounts.
The bottom line is that O’Reilly wasn’t in a war zone and it’s drawing some attention as most people are now getting their news off the Internet from sites like Intellihub and others like it.
“We’re journalists and it matters what we say and how we say them. We have to be as accurate as we can be.”, said Shulman.
CNN’s Brian Stelter jumped in during the broadcast adding his two-cents, saying, “What’s striking about O’Reilly’s response is the anti-Brian Williams; Brian Williams apologized and went silent–O’Reilly started calling your [Shulman’s] colleague David Corn a gutter snipe, a piece of garbage, a liar, a left wing assassin.” in what appeared to be a rampage spawned by fear.
CNN’s Cuomo then questioned: “Brian Williams–NBC ended up taking him off the air, you think Fox does anything to O’Reilly?”
“I think that Fox is a very different network than NBC”, Stelter responded, almost insinuating that FOX would likely keep O’Reilly employed and may only brush off the incident as a minor infraction.
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What’s funny about all of this is that awhile back Bill O’Reilly reported on the Brian Williams situation on his show The O’Reilly Factor while damaging information about Williams was still fresh and surfacing, all the while knowing that he himself has previously lied to his listeners.
Boldly, O’Reilly opened the show saying, “We saw Hillary Clinton say she was under fire in the Balkan’s, it wasn’t true. We saw Richard Blumenthal say he served in Vietnam, that was false, but the people of Connecticut elected him to the Senate anyway.”
O’Reilly then asked his panel: “Is this case any different?”
Howard Kurtz, the host of Media Buzz responded, “This is a huge creditability crisis for Brian Williams at NBC because when the top rated network anchor tells a story, and repeatedly tells a story, that is blatantly false people wonder: why would why would a journalist of his stature do such a thing?” Little did Kurtz know, at the time, during the show, he was talking with one of the biggest liar journalists of all-time [O’Reilly], who weeks later would be exposed for very similar lies.
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Kurtz said, “If another NBC correspondent had told that kind of false story on the air he would be lucky to get away with a reprimand”.
Bill O’Reilly said in reference to Williams lies, “He knows what he did was wrong. A lot of people exaggerate their life experience and he did. He got caught.”
Now as all of this new news comes out on O’Reilly we can only wait and see if Bill will admit what he did was equally wrong.
And for any Bill O’Reilly lovers out there who believe that the man is actually an angel–here is a clip you need to watch–it explains it all. Enjoy.
“Let’s do it live!” — Bill O’Reilly.
Who will be the next mainstay of the mainstream media to be exposed?