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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Fox News's O'Reilly Excoriates Brian Williams; FailsTo Look In A Mirror

“I’ve been there. That’s really what separates me from most of these bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I’ve seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven’t.” Fox News, Bill O'Reilly.

The video segment did not delineate the extent to which Mother Jones reported on O'Reilly's "bloviating." Ring of Fire Radio offers a concise summary of the Mother Jones accusations against the nation's number one "bloviator." 

Ring Of Fire Radio

  • 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.”
  • Conservative journalist Tucker Carlson, in a 2003 book, described how O’Reilly answered a question during a Washington panel discussion about media coverage of the Afghanistan war: “Rather than simply answer the question, O’Reilly began by trying to establish his own bona fides as a war correspondent. ‘I’ve covered wars, okay? I’ve been there. The Falklands, Northern Ireland, the Middle East. I’ve almost been killed three times, okay.'”
  • 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.”
  • In 2008, he took a shot at journalist Bill Moyers, saying, “I missed Moyers in the war zones of [the] Falkland conflict in Argentina, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland. I looked for Bill, but I didn’t see him.”
  • In April 2013, while discussing the Boston Marathon bombing, O’Reilly shared a heroic tale of his exploits in the Falklands war:
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. 
But as MJ pointed out, in The No Spin Zone, O’Reilly’s “own account of his time in Argentina … contains no reference to … experiencing or covering any combat during the Falklands war,” and that there is nothing “indicating that [he] witnessed the fighting between the British and Argentine military forces – or that he got anywhere close to the Falkland Islands.”
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O'Reilly responds.  

Watch below via Fox News:

Mediaite covered the O'Reilly response, but you visiting the Mediaite site will expose you to comments from conservatives who often read as paid trolls.

Post by Mediaite.

Addicting Info's Stephen Foster also published an (great read) piece on O'Reilly lies. The Foster piece was developed from the perspective of the veteran.  As a veteran, I have deep beliefs there is nothing more contemptible than uber wealthy celebrities claiming false battlefield of war zone escapades.

“We’ve made some mistakes in the past but very few … We take great pains to present you with information that can be verified … Reporting comes with a big responsibility; the Founding Fathers made that point very clearly. They said to us, ‘We’ll give you freedom. We’ll protect you from government intrusion. But, in return, you, the press must be honest.”
Words matter!

Fox News will not take any action regarding O'Reilly's apparent foray into fantasy "war zone machismo." The evening host ifs the network's flagship demagogue and Fox News viewers do seem to possess values that a need for honest reporting. They tune-in for nightly doses of anti-Obama, anti-administration and anti-progressive rhetoric. Sadly, the network consistently outpaced both CNN and MSNBC in Nielsen's ratings reporting.
"We've made mistakes in the past..."

Inflating Bachmann Rally Crowds (Jon Stewart, The Daily Show)

Hannitys correction via Chris Matthews Hardball

And, O'Reilly uses a platform of "we've made mistakes...", to set a foundation for his defense against clear "Bloviated" lies. 


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