‘Combat zone tales’: Fox News’ O’Reilly in 10-minute rant, another journo speaks out
O'Reilly, 65, used a whole 10-minute segment of his Friday
episode of the O'Reilly Factor to tear Corn apart for the article
at the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones that features
investigative and breaking news reporting. The dispute came just
a week after NBC news anchor Brian Williams took himself off air
for lying about his time in Iraq.
O'Reilly, a former CBS News reporter, pointed out: "Mother Jones, which has low circulation, is considered by many the bottom rung of journalism in America. However, in this internet age, the defamation they put forth gets exposure."
"And so I have to deal with this garbage tonight. I'm sorry," he added, calling Corn "an irresponsible guttersnipe."
Mother Jones alleged in its report by David Corn and Daniel Schulman on Thursday that "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."
O'Reilly replied on his show: 'Basically David Corn, a liar,
says that I exaggerated situations in the Falklands War and
Salvadoran War. Here is the truth...'
He said that after learning of the surrender [Argentina's to Great Britain], "angry mobs in Buenos Aires stormed the presidential palace, the Casa Rosasa, trying to overthrow the government of General Leopoldo Galtieri."
Please, Fox News, don't reprimand Bill O'Reilly. To do so would imply Fox cares about facts and truth. Why start now? http://t.co/a1RmpHzeh3
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 22, 2015
"I was in the street with my camera crews," O'Reilly
recalled, adding that "violence was horrific, as Argentine
soldiers fired into the crowds, who were responding with violent
acts of their own."
According to O'Reilly, his video of the combat led the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather that night. Later, he sent a report that ran nationwide. To prove his words he showed an internal memo from CBS News praising his coverage of the protest.
The trust and credibility that O'Reilly hasn't even remotely come close to building up over the course of his career is gone.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) February 22, 2015
"I never said I was on the Falkland Islands, as Corn
purports, I said I covered the Falklands War, which I did,"
the Fox News host said.
A retired CBS correspondent, Eric Jon Engberg, wrote in a Facebook post that “we - meaning the American networks - were all in the same, modern hotel and we never saw any troops, casualties or weapons” in Buenos Aires, which, according to O'Reilly's former colleague was nothing but an "expense account zone.”
Devastated to learn Bill O'Reilly didn't single-handedly win Falklands War after all. But they can't take his Vietnam medals away! #OhReally
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) February 22, 2015
"Somewhere it has been reported that O'Reilly has claimed he
was the only CBS News reporter who had the courage to go into the
street because the rest of us were hiding in our hotel,"
“If he said such a thing, it is an absolute lie,” Engberg wrote. “Everyone was working in the street that night, the crews exhibiting their usual courage. O'Reilly was the one person who behaved unprofessionally and without regard for the safety of the camera crew he was leading,” he added.
Two quotations. Bill O'Reilly debates Bill O'Reilly on the topic of Bill O'Reilly. pic.twitter.com/LuUVDOsjX5
— JRehling (@JRehling) February 22, 2015
“This account from a veteran CBS News correspondent and a
former colleague of O’Reilly - who witnessed O'Reilly's short
stint in Buenos Aires at the end of the Falklands War - is
additional confirmation of what we reported and raises additional
questions for O’Reilly,” Mother Jones' Corn told The
O'Reilly told TVNews on Thursday that Corn belongs "in the kill zone," for which Mother Jones demanded an apology. O'Reilly explained his phrase was "simply a slang expression."
— ViewFromWise (@ViewFromWise) February 22, 2015