O'Reilly may have a "Brian Williams problem," but it’s a different kind of problem…
Following NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ suspension for falsely claiming he came under rocket-propelled grenade fire in Iraq, Bill O’Reilly went on a tear on his show, suggesting that people should question the other “distortions” put out by left-leaning media outlets.
In response, Mother Jones decided to do a little digging of their own on Bill O’Reilly’s past coverage of the 1982 Falklands war. The MJ article by David Corn and Daniel Schulman stated that “O’Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don’t withstand scrutiny – even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.”
Despite O’Reilly’s past claims to have been in a “war zone,” it is clear he never set foot in a war zone. No American reporter ever made it out to the Falkland Islands where the actual fighting took place. Also, how could O’Reilly save his camera man in a protest in Buenos Aires where “A major riot ensued and many were killed?” An event not reported on by anyone, not even O’Reilly himself.
Obviously, Mother Jones asked some important questions concerning the integrity of Bill O’Reilly and his reporting. Bill’s response to Mother Jones however was typically conservative. Instead of responding to the details of the story, he attacked the writers, David Corn and Daniel Schulman. He called David a “liar,” a “left-wing assassin,” and a “despicable guttersnipe.” O’Reilly also said that David deserved “to be in the kill zone.”
The original article in Mother Jones is only two days old and it already looks like Brian Williams, despite his fibs, is proving to be a bigger man than O’Reilly. Williams didn’t bitch, whine or insult, he apologized and took his punishment.
Bill O’Reilly will never apologize or even explain why he misled the public multiple times about the Falklands war, I sincerely doubt he’ll even apologize to the Mother Jones writers. Conservatives rarely admit to any wrong doing (I.E. Iraq War, torture, etc.)
Similarly, I doubt O’Reilly will be punished by Fox News even if he were to admit wrongdoing. Quite frankly, if you were to suspend every Fox News anchor who has misled the public, the network would never be on the air.
Say what you want about Brian Williams and NBC News, but you can’t argue with the fact that despite recent events, NBC will always maintain more credibility than Fox News and Brian Williams will always be a higher class of human being than Bill O’Reilly.