Sunday, March 01, 2015

99 times that Bill O'Reilly lied.

Courtesy of The Daily Dot:

Coming so quickly after Brian Williams lost his NBC anchor job for his own falsehood about war-time experience, the timing for this new wave of scandals is pretty bad for O’Reilly. Blood in the water, new charges of lying haven’t been refuted so much as they’ve been met with more lies. 

For a journalist, that’s a damning indictment. 

But O’Reilly transcends mere journalism, as made evident by the fact that he hasn’t received the slightest slap on the wrist for this ongoing series of transgressions. He’s a commentator, an entertainer, and a world-class rage salesman who has a mile-long history of professional wrongs. 

This isn’t a vague criticism; it’s provable by looking at objective fact and comparing it to O’Reilly’s words.

And as proof of that the Daily Dot offers proof of ninety nine lies told by Bill O'Reilly.

Here are the first ten:  

  1. O’Reilly bragged repeatedly he won two Peabody Awards hosting Inside Edition in the 90s. He won zero. 
  2. O’Reilly bragged that, woops, he actually had won a Polk Award hosting Inside Edition. He won zero of those, too. To be specific, the show did win that award—a year after O’Reilly stopped hosting. 
  3. O’Reilly then said he never claimed to have won a Peabody Award. He actually did make that claim, repeatedly, using the award as proof that Inside Edition was not a tabloid show but very good journalism. He later admitted to making the original Peabody claim, but now he just says the Peabody guys are unfair liberals. 
  4. Repeatedly claiming he’s “an average guy,” O’Reilly has claimed that he “came from nothing” and “you don’t come from any lower than I came from on the economic scale.” Actually, O’Reilly’s mother has repeatedly talked to the press about regular vacations the family took to Florida, that O’Reilly went to private school and college, and that they lived in an affluent New York suburb. 
  5. In 2006, O’Reilly boasted that he gets 6 million viewers every night. He got 2 million then. Today, he’s posting “huge numbers” because he’s addressing the Argentina controversy—so he’s getting about 3 million viewers on a night. 
  6. Responding to critics who say Fox News is too conservative, O’Reilly has long claimed to be a “normal guy” and a registered independent. It turned out, contradicting that claim, that he was a registered Republican. 
  7. He insisted that he is really an Independent and that when he registered to vote in 1994, there was no independent option and that he was “somehow assigned Republican status.” In 2004, comedian (now a senator) Al Franken went back and looked at O’Reilly’s voter registration form. Actually, there was an Independent option right next to the Republican box. O’Reilly had chosen Republican and then lied about it for the next decade on television. 
  8. NPR’s Mike Pesca reported O’Reilly’s political registration in 2001 on the radio. O’Reilly called it a “hatchet job” and said, “I’ve never heard of Mike Pesca.” Pesca had interviewed O’Reilly on tape for an hour for the report. 
  9. In 2004, O’Reilly said Iraq was producing chemical weapons in the run up to the 2003 Iraq war. They were not. 
  10. O’Reilly said Al Qaeda was working with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq even after the claims were widely disproven. They were not.
There are of course 89 more. Some are minor, some are quite major, but all of them are lies. 


  1. Anonymous4:08 AM

    One of the "points" made in the New York Times article that I read about O'Reilly was that he is NOT a newscaster, thereby absolving him of having to be truthful. Kind of bizarre reasoning, isn't it?

    1. Anonymous5:46 AM

      I read in my paper today that his publisher is 'standing by Mr. O'Reilly. He's one of our biggest authors." IN other words, he brings in the bucks, so we don't care if he lies.
      Oh, and now that we know he is a serial lair, where's that big bad liberal media Sarah is always whining about? Seems they only force liberals to resign for lying...

    2. Anonymous8:04 AM

      I love that they didn't say he's one of their BEST authors, just one of their BIGGEST.

  2. Anonymous4:14 AM

    Too bad Fox won't fire him.

  3. Caroll Thompson4:20 AM

    I normally don't write any O/T comments, but I thought you would enjoy this G. An article in the Boston Globe with Alaskans wondering who stole our snow and the Globe answers 'we did'.

  4. Anonymous4:31 AM

    With qualifications like that Fox "News" will promote him. It's great and sad when somebody doesn't realise they're a joke.

    Great material for comedians - at least he's good for something

  5. Anonymous5:14 AM

    Mr Magoo is an ego driven fool, just like Trump. I wonder why he does not run for the WH, since he claims to be so popular?

  6. Anonymous5:47 AM

    No. 7, sounds like Sarah's attempt to say Todd was never registered with the Alaska Independence Party, Mr. Co-Governor America and reality show Patriot athlete was a successionist for seven years in the checked box.

    No. 8, just because you've never heard of a reporter, doesn't mean you are off limits to their investigation.

  7. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Whoo, soon ol' Bill will catch up with Palin. Too bad she's not a journalist so the race won't be 'official'. Bill's been around much longer so have to give the old gal props for sheer tenacity and determination in continuously setting her panties afire.

  8. Anonymous8:04 AM

    Love the header photo! It's perfect.

  9. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Well, there's the whole sexual harassment thing, too.
    And the fact that he had the police chief of his town fire the cop who was having an affair with his wife.


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