Friday, February 20, 2015

Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem | Mother Jones

Bill O'Reilly's bloviating got him sent home quickly by CBS producers in Buenos Aires during the Falklands war.  His single-day on the ground has long been one of my sister Nancy's favorite stories (she was a CBS producer there).  O'Reilly's too - but in his retelling it's the story of his heroic days as a war correspondent.  Alas the war was 300 miles offshore and my fellow Levittowner's  involvement was helping to get a CBS camera man hurt during a riotous nationalist demonstration.  
Nancy has just posted this comment on her Facebook page
"Bravo Mother Jones for tearing apart Bill O'Reilly's bogus claims of reporting from a war zone during the Falklands / Malvinas crisis. I was there and my recollection was that Bill was with us in Buenos Aires for about 24 hours when our bureau chief called the foreign desk and told them to pull O'Reilly out. That call was made after Domingo Rex the "South American cameraman" O'Reilly refers to called Larry Doyle, the bureau chief, and said get this guy out of here. He's going to get us killed. "Out of here" was the protests outside the Casa Rosada. I'm sure Domingo would have a very different version of what happened than O'Reilly's."  - gwc
Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem | Mother Jones
by David Corn and Daniel Schulman

"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."

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