Liberals are continuing to go after Bill O’Reilly this week as more holes have emerged in his story of covering the Fauklands War in Argentina in 1982.
Seven people who were dispatched with O’Reilly to cover the war for CBS have spoken out to discredit his account. The one man who hasn’t spoken out is the one man who was actually with him during the main night in question: his cameraman, who O’Reilly has always claimed was injured in the riots they were covering.
In a 2009 interview, O’Reilly claimed that his cameraman Richard Moreno was injured in the riots and that O’Reilly had to drag him to safety as he bled profusely from his ear. Moreno has refused to comment, but others who were covering the war with O’Reilly have said that the story was completely false.
“Nobody remembers this happening,” cameraman Manny Alvarez said, according to Daily Mail. “If somebody got hurt, we all would have know.”
Mia Fabius, the former office manager of the CBS Miami Bureau, has also spoken out, saying she has remained in contact with Moreno for years and he never mentioned being injured in the riots.
O’Reilly is also under fire for claiming in his book The No Spin Zone that “many were killed” in the protests he was covering.
“There were certainly no dead people,” Jim Forrest, who worked as a sound engineer, said. “Had there been dead people, they would have sent more camera crews.”
O’Reilly’s former coworkers are most angry about O’Reilly’s 2009 claims that he was “pretty much by himself” covering the riots because they were all “hiding in the hotel.”
CBS reporter Eric Engberg says that the whole team was out covering the riots, and he called O’Reilly’s story “the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard” and added that he “never ordered room service during a riot.”
Engberg claims that O’Reilly was sent home after he was told that his senior colleague Bob Schieffer would be doing his segment instead.
“I didn’t come down here to have my footage used by that old man,” O’Reilly angrily told his boss. He was sent home the very next day.
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