White House communications director Anita Dunn called Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party.” Apparently, in reponse to this, Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume desperately tried to convince their audience of something else…

O’REILLY: Now you and I came up in the old school, where we were taught as a reporter you should be skeptical of everybody. I mean, that’s your job as a reporter.

HUME: Right.

O’REILLY: To be skeptical, skeptical of the Democrats, skeptical of the Republicans. It doesn’t really matter. And I have to say that when President Bush was in trouble in Iraq, this network and this program and your program, as well, routinely, routinely hammered President Bush on Iraq.

HUME: Well, we certainly — we were very faithful about covering all the bad news that came out of Iraq.

O’REILLY: Absolutely.

If by “hammered” O’Reilly means promoted the falsehoods that convinced 80% of those who relied on Fox News of why we went to war with Iraq, then sure. When other networks reported on violence, O’Reilly said it was “because they want to embarrass the Bush administration” and that reporting on daily bombings had “little news value.”

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2 Responses to “Selective Memories of Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume”

  1. Any casual student of history can tell you that attacking the press is a losing proposition for a White House. Obama is getting bad advice. Anita Dunn’s comments are music to Fox’s ears.

    The Democrats have overwhelming majorities in both Houses and they have the W.H. Why are they worrying about FNC’s influence? Apparently, Fox News has very little sway with voters.

    Whether it was Bush or Obama, O’Reilly and Hume have been consistent in their commentaries about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  2. FoxNewsBoycott says:

    Plunket, I’m not sure it’s the smartest move by Dunn because Fox News can, again, play the victim – become a martyr, if you will. I don’t necessarily think that it gives Fox News any more legitimacy because the WH is also exposing their falsehoods. You can’t please all the people all the time and Fox News will never be pleased – if the WH does nothing, they’re weak. If they take a strong stance, they’re bullies. It’s ridiculous.

    As for changing positions on the war, O’Reilly claimed to have “routinely, routinely hammered President Bush on Iraq,” but is known to have called those wanting to withdraw our troops “pinheads” and “crazies” and compared them to Hitler appeasers. Even after the WMD claim had been discredited, O’Reilly called Rev. Al Sharpton “a ‘Bush lied’ [about Iraqi WMD capabilities] guy” and asked if Sharpton was going to “write an apology letter to Bush.” He interviewed Newt Gingrich, who claimed, “those people who claimed there were no weapons of mass murder, in this case, are just plain wrong.” Hume described the Iraq Study Group’s report as a “stay-the-course document” that “did not reject the president’s policy on Iraq.” However, the ISG report specifically states that “[c]urrent U.S. policy is not working, as the level of violence in Iraq is rising and the government is not advancing national reconciliation.”

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