Bill O’Reilly And The Truth

It’s not like O’Reilly made this stuff up out of whole cloth. He almost did those things he’s claimed… almost.

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I have been trying to avoid the Bill O’Reilly story. It’s tough to keep away. It’s compelling. He’s compelling.

I don’t think he’s been telling the truth.

Let accept one fact first: On-the-air O’Reilly is masterful.

There are few, maybe none, who do what he does better. It disappoints me we’re usually on the opposite side of his political arguments, but that doesn’t take away his TV talents.

Did O’Reilly lie or strongly exaggerate when he talked about his experience in the Falklands War? Yes. I have no doubt.

Did he stretch the truth when in his book “Killing Kennedy” he claimed:

As the reporter knocked on the door of de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s home, he heard the shotgun blast that marked the suicide of the Russian, assuring that his relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald would never be fully understood.

By the way, that reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly.

Again. the evidence indicates Bill’s version doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Should he be punished? Brian Williams certainly was for his exaggerations and self inflating fiction.

I wish the O’Reilly answer was a resounding yes, but I’m not so sure. As someone who was harshly punished, I know it doesn’t always fit the crime.

Don’t we all inflate our resume just a little? Have you ever embellished a story to make it better? It’s not like O’Reilly made this stuff up out of whole cloth. He almost did those things he’s claimed… almost.

If O’Reilly does get smacked around it will be because he pushed back too hard. Instead of apologizing or backtracking he mounted attacks against the original reporter of the story and a New York Times reporter later trying to advance it.

During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.”

That’s pretty low.

Bill O’Reilly was once sued for sexual harassment. He claimed, as he does now, to be innocent. He said he would fight the charges. In the end he quietly settled for millions.

I’ll be interested to see this play out.

2 thoughts on “Bill O’Reilly And The Truth”

  1. Zero tolerance for lying! Brian William lied & now his mic’s turned off & for good reason after lying for 12 years. Bill O’Reilly’s lying must receive same recourse pure and simple as it would if a weatherman faked a cast with blizzard like conditions blazing behind oneself with a kroma key backdrop and video of stormy conditions projected onto it when in reality only cloudy skies prevailing. Even latest fiasco with VA chief admitting he lied about his service involvement not to mention Vietnam War Veterans claiming battlefield experiences and not being there. Obvi is fact that people who lie are living a fairy tale and must be allowed to on their own private turf far from public viewing & scrutiny on TV.

  2. We’ve come a long way since the most trusted newscaster in America died. Why can’t they just tell it like it is? Not as they would have it. Let’s just say I didn’t really have that experience but, wished I did. Come on folks your under the microscope. People are watching. What do you think is going to happen when your in the public eye? If you want to be on television you better watch what you say and do.

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