A leading veterans group is calling on Fox News to take Bill O’Reilly off the air after it was uncovered that Fox News host lied about his history as a war correspondent.
In a statement, Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org, said, “NBC acted completely appropriately in taking Brian Williams off the air and looking into claims he’s made over the years. Fox News has to do the same thing. The issue, for me, isn’t that Fox has been caught off guard and didn’t realize O’Reilly was telling possibly false tales. That I can accept. It’s what do they do about it now? That will tell us a lot about how seriously they take their news organization.”
The mainstream media, except for Fox’s cable news competition, have largely treated the O’Reilly/Corn story as a case of he said/he said. The media is giving Bill O’Reilly an open platform that he is using to smear Mother Jones and David Corn. What O’Reilly is also doing is distracting from his own statements.
The 400,000 member organization VoteVets has it right. It is a matter of consistent treatment. The media is happily willing to overlook the fact that O’Reilly’s story makes no sense. O’Reilly’s has made up his own definition of a combat zone. Bill-O’s claim that he saw combat is similar to a journalist claiming that they were at Ground Zero on 9/11 while they were in Atlanta.
The odds of Fox News taking O’Reilly off the air are zero. The reason for this confidence is that Fox News isn’t a real news organization. Fox doesn’t care about their credibility because they don’t have any.
What is most troubling is the media’s willingness to overlook O’Reilly’s lie. By standing with their ratings cash cow, Fox News has shown that it isn’t just O’Reilly who should be taken off the air. It’s also their whole sham “news” network.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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