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Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:15 PM

 

Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem

Source: Mother Jones

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.

O'Reilly has repeatedly told his audience that he was a war correspondent during the Falklands war and that he experienced combat during that 1982 conflict between England and Argentina. He has often invoked this experience to emphasize that he understands war as only someone who has witnessed it could. As he once put it, "I've been there. That's really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I've seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven't."

Fox News and O'Reilly did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/bill-oreilly-brian-williams-falklands-war



NBC holds their flagship host accountable, but FOX will let Bill O'Reilly, of imaginary multiple Peabody awards fame, continue to lie and embellish his career with no consequence

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Reply Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Feb 2015 OP
kairos12 Feb 2015 #1
AtheistCrusader Feb 2015 #3
hibbing Feb 2015 #10
Name removed Feb 2015 #30
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2015 #36
TrollBuster9090 Feb 2015 #12
Chakab Feb 2015 #2
BlueJazz Feb 2015 #4
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2015 #5
tularetom Feb 2015 #6
NewJeffCT Feb 2015 #7
bvf Feb 2015 #8
JackRiddler Feb 2015 #9
TrollBuster9090 Feb 2015 #11
El Shaman Feb 2015 #13
El Shaman Feb 2015 #14
Judi Lynn Feb 2015 #16
Enthusiast Feb 2015 #19
ohnoyoudidnt Feb 2015 #26
mwooldri Feb 2015 #15
world wide wally Feb 2015 #17
davidpdx Feb 2015 #18
charles d Feb 2015 #20
Turborama Feb 2015 #21
Fred Sanders Feb 2015 #22
bulloney Feb 2015 #23
Botany Feb 2015 #31
Major Nikon Feb 2015 #24
riversedge Feb 2015 #25
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2015 #27
COLGATE4 Feb 2015 #28
Name removed Feb 2015 #29
ChairmanAgnostic Feb 2015 #32
erpowers Feb 2015 #33
KansDem Feb 2015 #34
bulloney Feb 2015 #35

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:23 PM

1. He conflated the Falklands experience with his Battle of the Loofah.

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:39 PM

3. WE'LL DO IT LIVE

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 11:09 PM

10. hehehe

I'm surprised he didn't say he was also a reporter during the epic battle of Grenada during Reagan.

Peace

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 23, 2015, 08:03 PM

36. The tide goes in, the tide goes out...

 

you can't explain it.

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 11:30 PM

12. What about his combat experience during the SECOND BATTLE OF FALAFEL?

I think he was with a 'Loofah' platoon.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:28 PM

2. What about his general problem of being a race baiter, a disgusting bully and

 

one of the most divisive voices in the history of American politics?

O'Reilly and the rest of his cohort tell ridiculous lies on a regular basis. If the media in the US had any credibility, they would have shunned Fox News years ago. Instead, they protect them to avoid ruining any chance of working their in the future.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:44 PM

4. Bill O'Reilly is bother by "distortions by left-leaning outlets" ???

 

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 09:54 PM

5. I'd love it if Billo was bloviating about Brian and then have him show up to kick his ass....

 

Then as he's getting chased all over the studio Brian is screaming, "We'll do it live!".

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 10:25 PM

6. This is almost as funny as the time he tried to get his wife's boyfriend fired from the police dept.

I hope she got a few million from him in the divorce settlement.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 10:33 PM

7. You're forgetting an important adage - IOKIYAR

It's OK If You're A Republican.

Of course, I always thought Williams was a Republican, but I guess he wasn't Republican enough?

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 10:59 PM

8. To quote Stephen Colbert,

 

Fuck that noise.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 11:07 PM

9. The entire apparatus is fictional.

 

The only treatment is for people to stop drawing any information from the corporate fake news shows.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 11:27 PM

11. When is he going to produce those two PEABODY awards for us to look at?

Oh, I think I know were we can find them.

He loaned them to the good people over at THE PARIS BUSINESS REVIEW.

http://www.parisbusinessreview.net/


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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 11:55 PM

14. P.S. BS:

#t=16

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Response to El Shaman (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 12:40 AM

16. Super oily, twisted, pathological liar. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 08:58 AM

19. In other words, the perfect Fox anchor.

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Response to El Shaman (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 08:53 PM

26. They sure love to try to project the image of them being badasses.

I was listening to Hannity a few weeks ago and he went on for several minutes about the guns he owns and all the various martial arts training he takes. I do know a few liberals with experiences, but it does seem like the more conservative a person is, the more they feel the need to tell everyone about such things they have done and often embellish.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 12:34 AM

15. John Simpson wearing a Burka. Bill O', your argument is invalid. nt.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 02:57 AM

17. yeah. But they don't care at Fox

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 07:14 AM

18. And people wonder why he attracts flies when he opens his mouth.....

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 11:09 AM

20. Yeah, but

 

did anyone ever really consider Bill to be an actual journalist?

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 12:13 PM

21. The Guardian are on it...

Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly accused of exaggerating war zone exploits

Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly has falsely claimed to have reported from war zones and has made a series of exaggerated statements about his career, according to Mother Jones magazine.

The magazine accused O’Reilly of having his “own Brian Williams problem”, after the Fox News host was fiercely critical of NBC News anchor Williams, who was suspended for six months after he made exaggerated statements about his reporting.

Mother Jones said O’Reilly has described being under fire in “war zones” in South America during the 1980s, when in fact he was miles away from any armed conflict.

O’Reilly had “repeatedly told his audience that he was a war correspondent during the Falklands war and that he experienced combat during that 1982 conflict between England and Argentina”, said the magazine.

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/feb/20/fox-news-bill-oreilly-accused-of-exaggerating-war-zone-exploits?CMP=fb_gu

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 05:41 PM

23. ESPN radio interviewed O'Reilly on his recently released biography.

O'Reilly in his book made it sound like he competed in college varsity sports, but it was actually club sports. When the ESPN hosts Dan LeBatard and Jon "Stugotz" Weiner called him out on his athletic exaggeration, O'Reilly hung up on them.

Couldn't handle the truth, I guess.

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Response to bulloney (Reply #23)

Sat Feb 21, 2015, 10:19 AM

31. Bill said that he was the best punter in the nation and that he was so good in baseball ..

.... The Mets brought him in for a try out.

And on a CBS interview Bill O said that God came to him in the middle of the night
and told him to write the book, "Killing Jesus."

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 08:28 PM

24. With Faux news, lying is an asset, not a liability

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 08:39 PM

25. Whow--read lots of the long story--O'Lielly really

is a bunch of lying crap!!



some good comments:


Wesley Adetunji • a day ago

Wow....I always hated Bill O'Reilly but I would've never accused him of being THIS bad until now


Jim C Wesley Adetunji • a day ago

One really can't overstate what a lying, cowardly piece of scum Bill O'Reilly is, he's a classic republican/conservative chicken hawk .


cujokay Jim C • a day ago

Jim,

You're being so vague. You should say what's on your mind! lol!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 10:22 PM

27. I want to know about the time he raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi

I could hear him tell that war story again and again.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #27)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 11:40 PM

28. Mt. Suribachi, hell! He was on the ground reporting

live when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sat Feb 21, 2015, 11:22 AM

32. No, he doesn't.

Not at all. You see, Brian Williams and all those librul newsies are a danger to society. If they dissemble, they deserve to be fired. When it comes to Fox News readers and bloviators, they are first and foremost performance artists, who are gently guiding this deluded, badly ruled nation away from its socialist, Kenyan, muslin, anti-Murrican ways and bring it back to god.

So you see, Billo did not lie. He did not dissemble. He was doing his job, taking back Murrica.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sat Feb 21, 2015, 11:59 PM

33. Good Reporting

The article seems to be a good report. The authors, contrary to what O'Reilly said, put forward clear evidence, using O'Reilly's own words and news reports to prove that O'Reilly, on multiple occasions mislead people about his reporting experiences. The Mother Jones report proved that Bill O'Reilly did the same thing Brain Williams did. On multiple occasions Bill O'Reilly made statements about his reporting experiences that did not correspond with the truth.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sun Feb 22, 2015, 02:27 PM

34. He and FOX are pathological liars...

...laughing all the way to the bank.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Feb 23, 2015, 07:35 AM

35. The fact that Faux Snooze has given no indication of suspending or firing O'Reilly speaks volumes

about their standards for credibility and accuracy in reporting.

Faux Snooze knows they have a captive audience that tunes in to their media just to hear what they want to hear. Facts be damned. It's high time that people wake up and regard them as a RW propaganda piece and nothing else. The fact that they have a seat at major news conferences and the like is a joke.

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