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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.