In the latest exposure of an anchor on television embellishing their “war record” Bill O’Reilly is under fire for allegedly lying about his experiences in 1982 as a “war correspondent for CBS News during the Falkland’s War. O’Reilly has stated numerous times that while working for CBS News he reported from the Falkland Islands during the war between the junta in Argentina and the United Kingdom under the government of Margaret Thatcher. The fact is there wasn’t a single America reporter on any of the islands involved so this cannot possibly be true.
Conservatives rolled on their collective floors with delight over the fallout from the repeated lies told by NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams about his war reporting record. Now, conservative mouthpieces like Rush Limbaugh are not impressed with the pounds of evidence showing that O’Reilly, like Williams, has lied about his record. Limbaugh claims that piece about O’Reilly’s war reporting record by Mother Jones is both irrelevant and politically motivated.
In classic Fox News form, O’Reilly came out swinging yesterday to a group of reporters. O’Reilly never made any apologies instead he attacked the reporters from Mother Jones, especially David Corn whom he called, “a guttersnipe liar.” And in his interview with TVNewser, O’Reilly made a typically conservative violent comment about what should happen to Corn after he is vindicated of these accusations, saying, “When everybody writes the truth, I’ve talked to about eight or nine reporters, and when they verify what I’m saying, because it’s easily verifiable, then I expect David Corn to be in the kill zone. Where he deserves to be.” Harsh stuff to say the least from the TV talk show host.
This will be quite an angry fight between Fox and Mother Jones. If victory in this battle for journalistic integrity means Bill O’Reilly is suspended or fired then Mother Jones will almost certainly lose unless more people come forward to tell the actual truth about where Bill O’Reilly was in 1982. Conservatives generally don’t care about things like journalistic integrity unless a lack of it can be displayed by someone they consider a Progressive member of the MSM. Fox news isn’t really news it’s more of a salad of tidbits designed to reinforce the ideological beliefs of the base of viewers despite the facts. The fact that they are number one among cable news stations and have been dominant here for many years, is a testament to their ability to preach to a choir of 50 million plus Americans who are certainly conservative in all things publicly. The bottom line here is that Brian Williams lied, numerous times, for 11 years. About this fact conservatives demanded his departure from NBC News. Bill O’Reilly has lied about his record for 33 years, but conservatives both in the media and the rank and file don’t have a problem with this. And here is the definig difference against a real journalistic enterprise like NBC News and a conservative political entertainment organ like Fox News. The former has journalistic integrity standards and the latter does not.
Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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