Fox News' bully may be in hot water for lying about his war correspondence. But his lies go much deeper than that
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Much like suspended NBC anchor Brian Williams, Bill O’Reilly’s war stories are unraveling. His tales of reportorial derring-do – in Argentina, El Salvador, Ferguson, Northern Ireland – are turning out to be stories of derring-didn’t.
O’Reilly addressed the Brian Williams controversy in a February 5 segment for The O’Reilly Factor. “You go on Letterman– I’ve been on there many times– and you want to please. You want to be interesting. You want to be fascinating. You want to be cool…. It is easy for me, but for some people it’s hard,” O’Reilly explained.
“He knows what he did was wrong. A lot of people exaggerate their life experience, and he got caught…. I don’t think Americans care anymore. I think they’re so used to being lied to, they’re so cynical about the media, they don’t trust the media at all,” O’Reilly added.
And O’Reilly should know, because it turns out that he’s among the people who “exaggerate their life experience.” But so far, the reports of O’Reilly’s strained relationship with the truth have neglected a very important point: He doesn’t just lie about his own experiences – he lies about everything. And because “everything” includes important political issues, most of his lies are much more damaging than his claims to have drawn fire in the Falklands. From a myriad of examples, we’ve focused on five instances where O’Reilly’s not just lying, but where he demonstrably knows he’s lying, and doing so to better fit a right-wing slant.