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Bill O’Reilly Upset Over ‘Vicious’ Coverage of Hacking Scandal

Bill O'Reilly - upset over other news organizations reporting hacking scandal

Bill O'Reilly - upset over other news organizations reporting hacking scandal

Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly is clearly upset about the hacking scandal involving parent company, News Corporation, it’s UK counterpart and the big boss, Rupert Murdoch. Unfortunately, in this case, he’s not upset about being employed by an organization that has reportedly been involved in illegal activities.

No, Bill O’Reilly is upset that other media outlets are reporting on it. Imagine that, the media reporting on a major scandal involving hacking of politicians, celebrities, 9/11 victims, police, corruption, arrests, resignations, etc. etc. etc. O’Reilly thinks that’s just “vicious” and “over-hyped.”

O’Reilly was speaking on his Tuesday show to Nile Gardner, a British member of the Heritage Foundation. O’Reilly noted that the scandal was a serious one, and said that any guilty journalists should be prosecuted. But then, he said that the scandal was being over-hyped.

“You have the New York Times absolutely running wild with the story,” he said. “Front page, front page, front page. Column, column, column. Vicious stuff, vicious stuff. And it’s all ideological, is it not?”

Gardner agreed, saying that there was a “witch hunt” against Murdoch and News Corp developing in the United States. He may have been referring to an FBI investigation currently looking into allegations about the phone hacking of 9/11 victims.

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How Ted Koppel Could Shut Bill O’Reilly Up For Good

Ted Koppel took on the issue of the “death of real news,” singling out Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann who, Koppel sad,” flaunt opinions as though they were facts.” O’Reilly has issued Koppel a challenge – to provide an example of O’Reilly lying on air, or giving an opinion not based on fact.

O’REILLY: This is a fact-based news analysis broadcast here, and the fact is that we’ve invited Mr. Koppel on the ‘Factor’ more than a few times… We want to discuss his ongoing beef.

O’REILLY: Ted Koppel..couldn’t give me examples of me lying on air and giving an opinion not based on fact… He couldn’t do it, and if he could he ought to come on in here and do it and he’d shut me up for good.

So, maybe Ted Koppel couldn’t do it, but Media Matters for America had the following ten examples… six years ago!

  1. O’Reilly falsely claimed Bush didn’t oppose 9-11 Commission. O’Reilly defended President George W. Bush from a Kerry-Edwards ’04 TV ad highlighting Bush’s opposition to creation of the 9-11 Commission by denying that Bush had ever opposed the commission. In fact, Bush did oppose the creation of the 9-11 Commission. (10/21/04)
  2. O’Reilly falsely claimed Iraq had ricin. O’Reilly responded to a caller to his radio show by defending the Iraq war: “They did have ricin up there in the north — so why are you discounting that so much?” In fact, the Duelfer report (the final report of the Iraqi Survey Group, led by Charles A. Duelfer, which conducted the search for weapons in Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion) indicates that Iraq did not have ricin. (10/19/04)
  3. O’Reilly repeated discredited claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda link. O’Reilly interrupted a former Clinton administration official who tried to correct the record on O’Reilly’s claim that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi constitutes a direct link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. He also allowed a conservative guest to repeat without challenge other discredited claims about Iraq’s supposed involvement in terrorism — claims O’Reilly has himself cited in the past. (9/27/04)
  4. O’Reilly fabricated “Paris Business Review” as source for success of French boycott. O’Reilly falsely claimed “they’ve lost billions of dollars in France according to ‘The Paris Business Review’” due to an American boycott he advocated of French imports. Media Matters for America found no evidence of a publication named “The Paris Business Review.” (4/27/04)
  5. O’Reilly cited phony stats to argue that taxes on rich are excessive. O’Reilly tried to “blow off” the argument that wealthy Americans ought to pay more taxes by citing phony statistics about the tax burden the rich currently bear. (6/30/04)
  6. O’Reilly confused on elementary economics. O’Reilly told a caller on his radio show, “We [the United States] have a trade deficit with everybody, because everybody wants our stuff, and we’re not wild about snails” — indicating that he doesn’t know the definition of “trade deficit” and implying that the United States runs a trade surplus with France. In fact, in the first four months of 2004, the United States had a $3 billion trade deficit with France. (6/10/04)
  7. O’Reilly doctored quotation to suggest Soros wished his own father dead. During his smear campaign against progressive financier, philanthropist, and political activist George Soros, O’Reilly doctored a 1995 quotation by Soros to make it seem as if Soros wished his own father dead. (6/1/04)
  8. O’Reilly questioned if Kennedy would show up to Democratic convention … as Kennedy spoke behind him. O’Reilly teased an upcoming segment of The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast live from the Democratic National Convention, by saying of convention speaker Senator Edward Kennedy: “When we come back, we’ll let you listen to Ted Kennedy for a while, if he shows up.” In fact, Kennedy had already shown up and had been speaking for several minutes, as O’Reilly need only have turned around to see. (7/27/04)
  9. O’Reilly disparaged Democrats with trifecta of voter falsehoods. In a discussion about what went wrong for Democrats in the November 2 election, O’Reilly claimed that Democrats “lost votes from four years ago”; that “18- to 24[-year-old]s didn’t go” to the polls; and that “[c]ommitted Republicans didn’t carry the day for the president; independents did.” All three claims are false. (11/4/04)
  10. O’Reilly on the radio: Three lies, one broadcast. Lie No. 1: Bush tax cuts didn’t create the budget deficit. Lie No. 2: “Socialistic” French, Germans, and Canadian governments tax at 80 percent. Lie No. 3: Canadian, British, and French media are “government-controlled,” but Italian media is free. (7/7/04)

There are plenty of other examples of falsehoods and opinions flaunted as facts… take a look at the Bill O’Reilly category.

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Fox News Commentator Agrees With Jon Stewart’s Criticism

Comedy Central’s host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, frequently roasts Fox News and their personalities, such as Bill O’Reilly. This week, on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News commentator Bernie Goldberg agreed with Stewart’s statements about Fox News’ hosts using generalizations in reference to liberals. Last week Stewart brought up Fox News’ hypocrisy and told the network to “go f–k yourselves.”

O’REILLY: Does Stewart have a point here?” Bill O’Reilly asked. “Are we being hypocritical by generalizing about some people?

GOLDBERG: I’ll just speak about me. He does. I am pleading guilty. And that’s a sincere plea of guilty. I said that liberals think people who live in the middle of the country are a bunch of jerks, and obviously all liberals don’t think that. But I will tell you what, an awful lot of liberal elites think that. I worked with these liberal elites for 28 years at CBS News, and they were always throwing around the term white trash, by which they meant poor southerners who didn’t go to Harvard. I’m not sure why that makes them trash. As far as the middle of the country is concerned, you know, this was flyover country where people flew the flag on the Fourth of July and went bowling and ate at Red Lobster. You know, they were a bunch of hicks. But even all liberal elites don’t think that. So I am saying I was wrong, Jon Stewart is right.

Of course, Goldberg went on a rant about Stewart and even compared him to “a safe Jay Leno with a much smaller audience.”

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Bill O’Reilly, Fox & Friends Survey Falsehoods

Fox News personalities are on the forefront of spreading misinformation about health care reform and here’s one example that takes the cake.

Bill O’Reilly, citing the New England Journal of Medicine stated that  “46.3% May Leave Medical Profession” and “If half of the nation’s doctors are considering bailing on the profession if Obama-care passes, that is a frightening consequence.”

Here’s what the “poll” actually stated:

46.3%of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.

Misleading, yes, but that’s not the most interesting part. The New England Journal of Medicine states that they never produced a health care survey!

For example, on Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said: “The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report and did a survey, and they said the impact of reform on primary care physicians, 46 percent, they say, feel reform will force them out or make them want to leave medicine.”

This is false.

Media Matters for America contacted the New England Journal of Medicine, which confirmed it neither conducted nor published the “survey.”

NEJM spokesperson Jennifer Zeis told Media Matters that the study had “nothing to do with the New England Journal of Medicine’s original research.” She also made clear that the study “was not published by the New England Journal of Medicine,” and said that “we are taking steps to clarify the source of the survey.”

The “report” that right-wing media are citing actually appeared in Recruiting Physicians Today, which is an employment newsletter produced by “the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine.” According to Zeis, that report actually “was written by the Medicus Firm,” the medical recruitment firm that conducted the “survey.”

UPDATE: Following inquiries from Media Matters, the “NEJM CareerCenter” website has now posted the following statement, making clear that Recruiting Physicians Today is a “free advertiser newsletter” whose content is “produced by physician recruiting firms and other independent groups involved in physician employment” and that Medicus was responsible for conducting and publishing the “survey” in question…

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Bill O’Reilly’s Heath Care / Abortion Falsehood

Bill O’Reilly recently stated on his show that the current health care bill would “require American taxpayers to fund abortion” and “we now have taxpayer money linked up with the termination of a fetus.”

Actually, the Senate Bill, before the House, forbids insurers from using federal subsidies to do so, except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest. It specifically states, “the issuer of the plan shall not use any amount attributable” to the subsidies created under the bill “for purposes of paying for such services.” The bill that passed the Senate requires insurers to collect a separate payment for such services so that federal funds are not used as O’Reilly falsely stated.

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Remember This Bill O’Reilly Attack Piece?

Seven years ago, today, Bill O’Reilly invited a 9/11 victim’s son on his show, only to berate and lecture him for opposing the war in Afghanistan. Stay classy Bill…

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NPR Responds to Bill O’Reilly’s Attack

Bill O’Reilly, apparently upset about a cartoon (“Learn to Speak Tea Bag“) on NPR‘s web site, blasted back by questioning whether NPR is a “left-wing Jihadist deal.” So, today, NPR posted the following poll on their site:

NPR is …

  • A left-wing Jihadist deal.
  • A crypto-Communist front.
  • A toady for the Obama administration.
  • A toady for the Bush administration.
  • A toady for the Brezhnev administration.
  • A flag-waving, armband-wearing supporter of waterboarding, Lon Nol, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
  • A Hanoi-supporting, Pelosi-admiring Marxist front that ignores the fact the President of the United States was really born in Kenya.
  • A respectable news organization, despite its decision to run the Political Junkie blog on its Web site.
  • An invaluable news organization.
  • Other:

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Bill O’Reilly Misinforms in Attack Against Al Franken

It’s been confirmed that Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was, in fact, instructed to enforce a rule that limits speeches to ten minutes. That didn’t stop Bill O’Reilly from spreading misinformation about Franken’s denial of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-CT) request to continue speaking past the 10 minute mark.

O’REILLY: Franken, who was in a rotation presiding over the Senate, objected to Lieberman continuing his remarks in a stunning display of disrespect.

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O’REILLY: But many others did take it personally, including John McCain.

McCAIN [clip]: I’ve been around here 20-some years. First time I’ve ever seen a member denied an extra minute or two to finish his remarks.

It was claimed that Franken’s enforcement of the rule was “disrespectful” and “unprecedented.” He also allowed Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to claim that Franken was “[a]bsolutely not” telling the truth in regards to the instructions that Franken was following.

O’REILLY: Is Franken telling the truth?

DeMINT: Absolutely not. I can’t believe he’s throwing Harry Reid under the bus.

However, both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Lieberman himself have confirmed that Franken was following instructions.

Additionally, Senator John McCain, who claimed that it was “unprecedented” actually imposed a similar limit in the past.

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Keith Olbermann Dares Bill O’Reilly & Glenn Beck to Sue for Defamation

Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are upset about a character on the fictional TV show Law & Order mentioning their spreading of hate and ignorance, so Keith Olbermann calls them out and dares them to sue. Of course, if they take this to the U.S. courts, and not the court of public opinion of like-minded viewers, their spreading of hate and ignorance will be used against them. They would rather play the victim and whine about it on TV where nobody can debate them. Here is Keith Olbermann’s response:

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Bill O’Reilly Confuses Obama & Osama, Forgets He’s Live

Normally, Fox News Channel airs a taped version of The O’Reilly Factor, but last night’s was, apparently, a live broadcast, which Bill O’Reilly seemed to forget at one moment. When he mistakenly started to refer to Osama bin Laden as “Obama,” he mentioned having to “cut that again.”

O’REILLY: Pinheads and patriots, on deck, tonight starring a Congressman who says, you’re never going to believe it, Pres. Bush allowed Obam…uh…Osama…I’m going to have to cut that again.

Of course, it could have been worse… it could have looked like this:

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SPLC Pres Says Bill O’Reilly Owes $10,000 For Lost Bet

Bill O’Reilly and Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) President J. Richard Cohen talked about Lou Dobbs this summer and in the course of their discussion a bet was (sorta) made. Now that Dobbs has been canned, it appears O’Reilly should pay up…

O’REILLY: CNN is never going to fire him, you know that…

COHEN: I’m not quite as cynical as you are Bill. I think that if enough people speak out, CNN will listen and be more responsible in the future.

O’REILLY: You wanna bet?…I’ve got ten grand for Habitat for Humanity on the table if you wanna bet me.

COHEN: How about ten grand for the Southern Poverty Law Center?

O’REILLY: But I’m not going to take your money. There’s no real bet there — he’s not going to get fired.

Cohen posted on the SPLCenter blog, “You lost the bet. Time to pay up!” Later on in the post, he stated, “I think that if you’ll stop spinning for a moment, you’ll agree that in the court of public opinion, you lose.”

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Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Care About the Constitution

As far as the 9/11 trials go, when it doesn’t support his view, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t care about the Constitution. At least, that’s what he told Fox News‘ Judge Andrew Napolitano. In response to Napolitano’s accurate assertion that the Constitution provides the right to be tried in the location where the crime was committed, O’Reilly stated, “I don’t care about the Constitution!”

O’REILLY: So why is he entitled to come to New York City to be tried in the civilian criminal court if he’s arrested in Pakistan?

NAPOLITANO: Because the document you don’t want me to talk about says when the government is going to prosecute you, it must do so in the place where the alleged harm was caused.

Here is Article 3, Section 2 of the United States Constitution:

The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

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5th Anniversary of Bill O’Reilly’s Sexual Harassment Settlement

Five years ago today Bill O’Reilly settled the sexual harassment law suit against him.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Research of Limbaugh’s Race Baiting

Make that lack of research…

Bill O’Reilly claims that “[f]air-minded Americans know that playing the race card is easy and hateful. The only thing we can find about Rush Limbaugh is that he thinks quarterback Donovan McNabb is overrated by some people who want black quarterbacks to succeed.” O’Reilly needs to fire his research staff, or learn to use Google himself… Here’s what he should have found, and aired, if he wanted to be “fair and balanced:”

Not only does O’Reilly prove that his research is biased, inept, or nonexistent, he distorted reality in regarding to Media Matters For America’s reporting of O’Reilly’s own comments.

OREILLY: Now, I’ve been through this. A couple years ago, I said on the radio that having dinner in Harlem at Sylvia’s Restaurant was the same as having dinner anywhere in America. The context was my grandmother, who was very afraid of blacks, even though she never even met a black person. Her fear was irrational. And I made that point quite clearly.

But the vicious website Media Matters put forth I was denigrating a black-owned restaurant. And some people actually believed it without even listening to the radio broadcast, which I posted on billoreilly.com so everybody could hear it. Well, there goes my NFL career.

Actually, MMFA provided the audio and transcript. Here’s what O’Reilly said about Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem:

And I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.

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Selective Memories of Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume

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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