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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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Tucker Carlson Admits to Sending Emails as “Keith Olbermann”

A Philadelphia news web site, Phawker, released a set of emails supposedly from MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. The emails contained harsh criticism and insults about Olbermann’s boss, MSNBC President Phil Griffin.

In one email, “Olbermann” says that Griffin is “not my boss (thank god), nor is he intellectually qualified to be…I’ll be anchoring on election night 2012, long after Phil Griffin has moved on to a job for which he’s actually qualified, perhaps on QVC.”

In another, “Olbermann” writes that “I could have Phil Griffin fired tomorrow if I felt like it, trust me. And if he keeps yapping about me in public, I may. For the moment, however, keeping Phil around is like having a drunk chimp in the office — more amusing than threatening.”

The truth is that it was actually Fox News’ Tucker Carlson who sent the emails, posing as  Keith Olbermann.

Straight from the horse’s mouth…

On Tuesday night, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone reached Carlson by phone. Carlson confirmed that he had, in fact, sent the emails posing as Olbermann.

“Could you resist?” Carlson said. “It was just too funny. The flesh is weak.”

Apparently, the emails were sent from keith@keitholbermann.com – Tucker Carlson stated that he purchased the domain “keitholbermann.com” in July and that people could email him at that address.

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Maddow on Olbermann Suspension & Fox News

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MSNBC Suspends Olbermann Without Pay Over Donations

You’re probably wondering two things: 1) why is there a post on FoxNewsBoycott.com about Keith Olbermann, and 2) don’t Fox News personalities frequently support conservative candidates? Answering the second question first, absolutely, which answers the first question.

Apparently MSNBC has decided to suspend political commentator (read not journalist) Keith Olbermann indefinitely, without pay. Olbermann donated the maximum amount to three candidates during the midterm election and someone higher up (MSNBC President Phil Griffin) got their panties in a bunch. Granted, journalists should be unbiased, but as with Fox News personalities like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, he’s a commentator known for voicing his opinion. The difference, of course, is that his opinion is, typically, far more liberal than the others mentioned and/or Fox News does not have a similar policy covering this issue.

The following statement was released to Politico:

OLBERMANN: One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the re-election campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky…I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.

So, what about Fox News?

Over 30 people on Fox News’ payroll have shown their support of the GOP over 600 times during the midterm elections. Here’s who they are, should Fox News decide to hold their employees up to the same standard that MSNBC did:

Check out Fox News’ GOP Connections here.

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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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ColorOfChange.org’s Efforts Against Glenn Beck Sponsors on Countdown

Keith Olbermann addressed the several companies who pulled their ads from Glenn Beck‘s show on Fox News, thanks to the efforts by ColorOfChange.org. Thank you to the people at ColorOfChange.org for the great work!

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Glenn Beck Makes Unsubstantiated Claims About Keith Olbermann

It’s easy to find direct quotes of Bill O’Reilly’s violent rhetoric. It’s not so easy for Glenn Beck to make similar claims about Keith Olbermann or Frank Rich. Beck has been trying to refocus the negative attention from Fox News somewhere else and fails miserably.

BECK: Keith Olbermann has railed against recruiters. Keith Olbermann has railed against the baby killers that our U.S. soldiers are.

So far, nobody can provide evidence that neither Olbermann, nor Rich, have made offensive comments about U.S. soldiers, or recruiters, similar to those said by Bill O’Reilly about Dr. George Tiller.

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Olbermann Retires O’Reilly Schtick, Quarantines Fox News

If you’re not aware of who Dr. George Tiller is, he’s the doctor who was recently murdered, allegedly, because he performed late-term abortions and was therefore dubbed “Tiller the Baby Killer” by Bill O’Reilly and his ilk. Of course, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t see any fault of his own, but instead blames the liberals for using Dr. Tiller’s death against Fox News.

This is a must watch, a must forward and a must talk about piece from Keith Olbermann. Regardless of your views of how biased you think his show is, he does a great job covering Bill O’Reilly’s involvement in essentially making Dr. George Tiller a target. Olbermann finishes the segment stating that he will no longer focus so much of his time and effort on O’Reilly. He also calls for Fox News to be “quarantined,” meaning to not support any business that supports or airs Fox News, something that FoxNewsBoycott.com has been suggesting since the site’s launch.

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Sean Hannity Still Insists Waterboarding Is Not Torture

A month after Sean Hannity said he would be waterboarded to show his support for our troops, Erich “Mancow” Muller took up the challenge. Mancow called it off after six seconds and stated, emphatically, that waterboarding is “absolutely torture.” He made an appearance on Countown with Keith Olbermann and said that it’s worse than drowning and that he would have said anything to make it stop, thus proving that it’s an unreliable method of obtaining accurate information.

After the initial offer to be waterboarded, after Mancow “manned up” and took the challenge, and after Mancow declared that it is, in fact, torture, Sean Hannity still insists that it’s not. He called Mancow and told him, “It’s still not torture.” Mancow replied, “Sean, it is torture.”

Mancow also praised Olbermann and called him a “stand up guy” for donating $10,000 to the Veterans of Valor.

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Keith Olbermann Donates $10k to Charity in Mancow’s Name, not Sean Hannity’s

It made big news yesterday when Erich “Mancow” Muller was waterboarded live on his radio show. It happened to be on the one month anniversary of Sean Hannity‘s offer to do the same to support the troops. Of course, Hannity has not followed through on his word. Keith Olbermann, showing what charity and support looks like, withdrew his offer to donate $1,000 per second to charity in Sean Hannity’s name, calling him “unnecessary.” Instead he decided to give $10,000 to charity in Mancow’s name, even though Mancow only lasted around six seconds.

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Sean Hannity Silent About Waterboarding

It’s been over a week since Sean Hannity accepted Charles Grodin’s waterboarding challenge. His offer was to raise money for the troops. Keith Olbermann offered to donate $1000 per second to charity. A volunteer has been found to administer the torture. A web site or two have been started to try and get him to keep his word. Is it because Glenn Beck‘s waterboarding poll shows that his viewers believe (3 to 1) that it’s torture? So, what’s the deal, Hannity? Here are a few theories…

  1. You really do think it’s torture and you’re scared
  2. You can’t admit that you made a stupid mistake
  3. You don’t know what goes on outside your bubble
  4. You secretly hate our troops & don’t want to donate
  5. Fox News has told you to shut your trap
  6. You’ve stuck your head in the sand like the last 8 yrs
  7. You hope this will just go away if you ignore it

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Volunteer Found to Waterboard Sean Hannity

First Sean Hannity, while talking with Charles Grodin, agrees to be waterboarded. Then, Keith Olbermann takes him up on it and offers up $1,000 per second that Hannity can withstand the torture method. Now, Olbermann has found a willing participant in this game of chicken. Former Army interrogator and SERE school instructor, Mike Ritz, has come forward to administer the waterboarding for charity. A $30,000 bonus has been offered if Hannity admits that, after being waterboarded, it is torture.

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Waterboard Sean Hannity for Charity?

Sean Hannity consents to waterboarding. Then the bar is raised when Keith Olbermann offers $1000 per second. Now, there’s a new web site devoted to the charitable waterboarding session…

At WaterboardSeanHannityForCharity.com, you can email mock donations of one dollar per second. Not good enough? You can provide stipulations (i.e. He has to be standing on a bucket for seven hours with no bathroom breaks). There is a disclaimer that your email will be forwarded to MSNBC, Fox and Sean Hannity’s favorite charity.

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Olbermann Raises the Bar for Hannity’s Waterboarding

I don’t really agree with this since nobody should be subjected to waterboarding, but since Hannity has offered to do it, by all means… Now Keith Olbermann has called him out and is offering $1000 for every second that Hannity can last. Of course, this money will go to charity.

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Jesse Watters Confronts GE Execs at Shareholders’ Meeting

The O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters, apparently a GE shareholder, attended a meeting in order to confront GE executives about alleged media bias concerning MSNBC and Keith Olbermann. Known for his tactics of ambushing and harassment, Watters had Fox News cameras waiting, but didn’t identify himself as an employee of Fox News.

Why does O’Reilly and his ilk need to sink so low when they claim their ratings are so high?

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