Just a week after NBC News anchor Brian Williams was caught lying about war stories, an investigation has been launched into some of Bill O’Reilly’s stories as well.
The magazine Mother Jones is currently combing through the Fox News host’s war stories to see if they can find any inconsistencies.
Back when O’Reilly worked for CBS News, he covered the wars in El Salvador and the Fauklands, and he’s since claimed that he saw combat numerous times in the latter. However, Mother Jones is now claiming this might not be the case.
“Nobody got to the war zone during the Falklands war,” said a CBS News producer, adding that certainly, “no CBS person got there.”
“Nobody from CBS got to the Falklands. I came close,” recalled CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer, according to Mediaite. “We’d been trying to get somebody down there. It was impossible.”
O’Reilly wrote in one of his book about witnessing a huge riot in the Fauklands in which “many were killed.” He also recalled having a gun pointed to his head, and says he witnessed “major violence up close and personal.”
Here’s what Mother Jones has to say about his stories:
O’Reilly’s account of the protest in Buenos Aires is at odds with news reports from the time—including the report from his own bureau. The CBS Evening News that night aired about a minute of video of the protest, apparently including some of the footage that O’Reilly and his camera team had obtained. It showed angry Argentines yelling and denouncing the junta that had lost the war… The CBS report said nothing about people being killed. It does not match O’Reilly’s dramatic characterization of the event in his book.
Unlike many others in the media, O’Reilly has stepped up to defend Williams, criticizing the country for “enjoying the destruction of this man.”
It’s no surprise that it didn’t take long after that scandal for liberals to come after a conservative news host. Hopefully, O’Reilly is able to weather this storm, because angry liberals everywhere are more than ready to sharpen their pitchforks.