Bill O’Lielly — err, O’Reilly — has had it rough lately. The liberal media has latched onto one or eleventeen different lies he has told throughout his career, and won’t stop pestering him with those oppressive left-wing attack mechanisms known as “facts.”
Mother Jones has dredged up footage of O’Reilly’s 1982 coverage of the 10-week war between Britain and Argentina. When hearing the Fox host describe what he “saw” in the Falklands (until recently), one would wonder how he got out alive. Previously, O’Reilly described a terrifying “war zone,” in which Argentine soldiers chased down and murdered civilians right in front of him, and O’Reilly emerged a hero:
I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete. And the army was chasing us. I had to make a decision. And I dragged him off, you know, but at the same time, I’m looking around and trying to do my job, but I figure I had to get this guy out of there because that was more important.
Though O’Reilly claimed he was in a combat situation,” it was revealed that he was with all other U.S. reporters — safely nestled away in Buenos Aires, more than 1,000 miles away.
After O’Reilly’s former colleagues practically climbed over one another to dispute his assertions, he finally attempted to explain away his problem by explaining that he wasn’t near the Falklands — he was actually talking about a violent protest that erupted after the Argentines surrendered. Soldiers, according to O’Reilly, still rained live ammunition down on the demonstrators killing “many,” and of course he still valiantly rescued a cameraman as soldiers attempted to murder him and his colleagues.
New footage, which was not part of that which CBS released last week, features O’Reilly providing the voiceover. Surely a bloodbath of the caliber described by the heroic, “on-the-ground” Fox News icon would be newsworthy. However, as Mother Jones’ David Corn and David Schulman point out:
What’s notable about O’Reilly’s report is what’s not in it. He does not refer to Argentine soldiers gunning down civilians or mention any deaths. He says nothing about soldiers chasing him and his crew. And there’s no reference to a CBS cameraman being injured. (A reporter who witnesses soldiers shooting protesters and killing many civilians would presumably be compelled to report on those horrors.)
His report depicts exactly what other journalists and eyewitnesses have said took place: a violent demonstration in which tear gas and rubber bullets were deployed. In this 1982 report, O’Reilly called the demonstration a “disturbance.” But in later years—on his Fox News show, in his writings, and at speaking engagements—he has claimed that the event was a bloody melee that amounted to “combat” in a “war zone.”
“In my reporting, I told it exactly the way it was,” O’Reilly said last week. In his report, young CBS correspondent Billy O’Reilly proves Fox host Bill O’Reilly to be a liar:
More than 10,000 people gathered in front of the presidential palace tonight a full 30 minutes before President Leopoldo Galtieri’s scheduled outdoor address. The mood was bitter. Anti-British and -American signs were hoisted. But most of the insults were directed toward Galtieri’s government for surrendering on the Falklands. Police were pelted with coins. And some journalists behind the lines were hurt. Then suddenly the police struck back, firing tear gas and rushing the crowd.
There were many arrests. But still some in the crowd would not leave. Fires started up, and groups re-formed, continuing to denounce the military regime. Galtieri’s outdoor address was canceled but later he appeared on nationwide TV as scheduled, admitting the Falklands struggle is over for now but vowing Argentina will never give up its claim to the islands. Galtieri made no mention of the evening’s disturbance, and Argentine television labeled it a minor incident. Bill O’Reilly, CBS News, Buenos Aires.
O’Reilly’s lies have been piling up. In fact, things have gotten so terrible for the embattled pundit that even Fox News felt it necessary to grab him reassuringly by the shoulders…and toss him under a passing bus.
Regarding O’Reilly’s assertion that he personally witnessed “Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs,” a Fox News spokesman told the Washington Post that O’Reilly was not being forthright about his experiences. In actuality, he was shown pictures of bombings. It just sounds much more exciting when he was there, though.
O’Reilly seems to have built a sizeable portion of his career on photographs. O’Reilly also claimed that he was in El Salvador and “saw nuns get shot in the back of the head.” After Media Matters scrutinized O’Reilly’s claims and revealed footage that proves — by O’Reilly’s own admission — that he did not arrive in El Salvador until after three American nuns were murdered on December 2, 1980. Ultimately, O’Reilly admitted to Mediaite that he was referring to photographs rather than actual experiences.
As O’Reilly’s career continues to burn and the lies continue to pileup, one must wonder: is anything O’Reilly says true?
In the end, the answer is simple: He’s on Fox, which reports the truth just 18 percent of the time — so it’s not like anyone expects him to be honest anyway.
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