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Bill O'Reilly's Eating Crow Moment

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    The bloviator in chief has found himself in an awkward situation after Mother Jones released a detailed report showing that his stories covering the war in the Falklands as a CBS reporter just don't add up and some may be outright lies. The fact that O'Reilly lied isn't the issue considering he spews out hatred and lies on a nightly basis. Why this matters is because O'Reilly lampooned NBC's Brian Williams for journalistic malpractice while being guilty of the same exact thing. You can't feign outrage at someone for embellishing stories while doing the same thing yourself.

    O'Reilly has responded just as I expected he would--attacking the writers while ignoring the greater fact that he has been caught up in a lie. And unlike NBC, Fox News is standing behind their man. This is of no surprise because it's not like Fox cares much about legitimate reporting in the first place, so we shouldn't really expect anything else from them. Hell, this will probably boost O'Reilly's ratings because those damn liberal elites are out to get him.

    I encourage everyone to read the piece detailing numerous lies O'Reilly is being taken to task for. More people need to call him out for his blatant hypocrisy.

    Article: Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Jared -- Thanks for posting this. I have been following the dialogue in the news, and am rather amused, but not surprised by O'Reilly's response, what one would expect from a typical bully. I've read about this memory thing before when Hillary Clinton made obviously untrue statements about being under fire in Bosnia. It's what psychologists call the "illusions of memory". And when confronted with the facts, some people cannot even then accept that their memories of events were in any way wrong.

    In this Psychology Today article, The Illusions of Memory, Leonard Mlodinow discussed how John Dean's memory of events in Nixon's Watergate hearings contradicted what was secretly recorded on tape by Nixon himself. Mlodinow sums it all up:

    "Moreover, when pressed for the unremembered details, even well-intentioned people making a sincere effort to be accurate will inadvertently and unconsciously fill in the details by making things up, employing their expectations, desires, prior knowledge and beliefs. And finally, people will believe the memories they make up."

    From Hillary Clinton to Brian Williams to Bill O'Reilly...they all made stuff up that was easily fact checked. They believed their own lies. The difference is that Clinton and Williams owned up to their distortions of the truth. Bill O'Reilly cannot do that as it would undermine his TV persona that he has worked so hard to cultivate. He is No.1 at Fox News and the news outlet and O'Reilly will do everything in their power to protect his image. And hey, the best way to do that is go on the offense and deny. It remains to be seen if O'Reilly is digging a bigger hole for himself, or it will all pass. Fox News viewers don't watch anything but Fox News so they would never know the real truth.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Bill O'Reilly was the subject of the Sunday morning talk shows on CNN and CBS. They're reporting is even more damning against O'Reilly than the Mother Jones article. The former CBS correspondent who was in Argentina with him is calling O'Reilly an outright liar.

    I was looking for good footage from this morning to post here, but couldn't find it yet.
  • Center Left
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    I would love nothing more than for everyone (or a great majority) to see O'Reilly for what he is. A liar and a joke. Which would lead to him finally not being able to spew his words for the world to see. When intelligent people call him out in person, he just yells over them and diverts the conversation away from himself. He 'thinks' it's in a clever way. It amazes me how his fans blindly follow his word, even with there being opposite statistics of what he lies about. It also bothers me greatly.
  • Liberal
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    Any fan of his show already has something wrong with them ( NO BRAIN ) I doubt this will have any impact. People see what they want to see. Fox news feeds the idiots what they yearn to hear. Rush Limbaugh is the king of mis information. He set the standard. O'Reilly is a rookie compared to the Fat Opiate King
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    ClayTaylorNC Wrote: I would love nothing more than for everyone (or a great majority) to see O'Reilly for what he is. A liar and a joke. Which would lead to him finally not being able to spew his words for the world to see. When intelligent people call him out in person, he just yells over them and diverts the conversation away from himself. He 'thinks' it's in a clever way. It amazes me how his fans blindly follow his word, even with there being opposite statistics of what he lies about. It also bothers me greatly.
    I think it has more to do with groupthink mentality. O'Reilly's followers want to believe him, so they do. Facts and information to the contrary don't mean anything to them. It's the 'us versus them' thinking. If a liberal exposes a lie that he said then it must be a political witch hunt.

    Bill O'Reilly is a joke. Everyone outside of his followers knows that, but he does have a bunch of ardent followers. I don't see Fox News dumping him anytime soon. As I said in my first posting--when has Fox ever cared about actual journalism? This is probably a good thing for their bottom line in the long run.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    "It's reported today that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly told a reporter for The New York Times that if O'Reilly felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate, “I am coming after you with everything I have. You can take it as a threat.” The reporter was interviewing O’Reilly about a story that O’Reilly had faked reports on the Falkland Islands War in 1982. (This is the same Bill O’Reilly who accused me on his show of being a "communist," when I wasn't present to rebut his wild accusation, and still hasn't allowed me on the show). Bill O'Reilly is a bully and a coward, and you can tell him I said so." -- Robert Reich

    I copied this verbatim from Robert Reich's Facebook post. I think he would be okay with that in case Bill O'Reilly is checking up on the forum posts here.

    https://www.facebook.com/RBReich?fref=nf
  • Center Left
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    It's interesting how similar Brian Williams and O'Reilly's situations are but how each is being handled by their employer. Fox doesn't seems to really care what it's people say as long as they toe the line.