Bill O’Reilly Scandal Grows As 8th Former Colleague Calls His War Coverage Claims Absurd

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Joe Strupp at Media Matters got yet another of Bill O’Reilly’s former colleagues from CBS News to talk about the Fox News host’s alleged “combat situation” coverage in Buenos Aires during the Falklands War, calling his description of his reporting “absurd.”

Even back then, O’Reilly’s colleagues thought he was “grandstanding”. From Media Matters:

Charles Krause, a CBS News correspondent from 1980 to 1983 who reported from Buenos Aires during the same period as O’Reilly, is the latest to contradict the Fox News host. In an interview with Media Matters, Krause called O’Reilly’s descriptions of his reporting “absurd.”

He also recalls O’Reilly being there for a short period of time and not having “any significant role in our coverage of the war.”
“I don’t recall him doing any major story that anybody remembers and he was there a very short time, then he was recalled, I don’t know why,” Krause said. “He wasn’t a team player and people thought he was grandstanding, basically.”

Yes, that sounds like our Bill O’Reilly. He has never been known as a team player by people inside the industry.

Krause joins the half a dozen journalists and personnel from CBS who were working with O’Reilly in Buenos Aires and who dispute his claims. O’Reilly has countered reality with two Fox personalities vouching for him and calling David Corn names, which says more about how Fox conducts itself and its standards than it does about reality.

This morning, Fox News issued a statement standing behind the embattled host.

O’Reilly wasn’t anywhere near the actual war, but he has tried to turn a protest a thousand plus miles away into a “combat situation” in order to justify repeatedly claiming to have reported from “on the ground” in a war zone. His colleagues who were there dispute this description.

Kraue told Media Matters that the reporters were not in any danger, “The only danger that we were in was we were staying at the Sheraton Hotel, which was this massive, modern tower overlooking the city. We were in no danger whatsoever.”

Also, in spite of O’Reilly’s bombastic descriptions of an injured cameraman — “I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete. And the army was chasing us. I had to make a decision. And I dragged him off, you know, but at the same time, I’m looking around and trying to do my job, but I figure I had to get this guy out of there because that was more important” — Media Matters reports, “Krause also said he does not recall any CBS cameraman being injured and bleeding.”

Krause isn’t alone in this. Former CBS correspondent Eric Engberg, who was in Buenos Aires with O’Reilly, told CNN host Brian Stelter on Sunday, “It wasn’t a combat situation by any sense of the word that I know. There were no people killed. He said that he saw troops fire into the crowd. I never saw that, and I don’t know anybody who did, and I was there on the scene. What’s interesting is not only did I not hear any shots, I didn’t see any ambulances. I didn’t see any tanks. I didn’t see any armored cars. All of the things that you would have expected to see had people been shot.”

So no one else who was there covering the conflict from Buenos Aires can corroborate O’Reilly’s claims. In fact, they do the opposite.

Even if he had been involved in a violent protest, a protest is not “an active war zone.” A protest is not “on the ground” in an “active war zone.” This statement alone is evidence of O’Reilly’s mischaracterization of himself as a war correspondent who covered the Falklands War “on the ground” from “combat” situation and war zone.

Update 12:52 PM: Bill O’Reilly’s only defense just fell apart. Bill Meislin is now disputing Bill O’Reilly’s version of his report from The Times that he read on the air on Sunday, writing on Facebook, “Bill O’Reilly cut out an important phrase when he read excerpts of my report from The Times on air Sunday to back up his claim that Buenos Aires was a “war zone” the night after Argentina surrendered to Britain in the Falklands war.” So dies the “report” conservatives have been desperately hawking as proof that O’Reilly wasn’t lying.

20 Replies to “Bill O’Reilly Scandal Grows As 8th Former Colleague Calls His War Coverage Claims Absurd”

  1. Bill is a coward, a lying piece of excrement. After all, he was hired by fox to lie to America – so hes just doing his job.(promoting fox’s immorality) He’ll probably get a raise.

  2. Fox defends the lie ; how could they not, thats their whole propaganda schtick ; they have created ““The Lie School”
    Of propagandized reporting””; any lie is fine trying to win the up coming election or degrade any one not loving their garbage.

  3. What do you expect? Fux Propaganda……. I mean Fox News is owned by foreigners, one of whom is a Saudi prince. I’ts no wonder that Fox is the way it is. No patriotism, lots of treason. Fox should be shut down.

  4. Seriously folks, is anyone surprised that O’Reilly is just a hack “news” person?? His age demographic is white and over 70. If that’s not a candidate for ‘fossilhood’, then what is?

  5. Standards? Faux Noise don’t need no stinking standards. All standards do is tie their hands. You are suppose to believe everything they tell you ’cause its all “fair and balanced”. [WINK]

  6. Fox
    Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo, 2/20/2015: A Response to Mother Jones

    “I never said I was on the Falkland Islands as Corn purports. I said I covered the Falklands War, which I did.”
    What Bill O’Reilly has said about his time during the Falklands War

    “2001: O’Reilly wrote in his book “The No Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America… “I’ve reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falkland Islands.”

    So was he on the ground IN the Falkland Islands or not?

  7. Hey Bill-O PINHEAD!! He has a “face for radio”, and since he cannot trade on his boobs or legs like the females at Faux do, he HAS to pump himself up with lies about his bravery. He sure looks old and beat-up. No wonder his wife got herself a younger man.

  8. If he’s such a heroic reporter, why doesn’t he go over to the Middle East with a real war correspondent like Richard Engle and do some real war coverage? Never has and never will happen. He’s on the right network, the liars’ club of Faux “News”.

  9. He want’s to be known as the “Macho” type War Correspondent like Engel, who by the way is a REAL WAR CORRESPONDENT–he goes where the s-hit is real. But as most comfortable armchair reporters or pundits or commentators he is they do their war stories from the Studio and make their un-aware audience think that they know what it is all about. The been there done that attitude. But NO, Bill has not gone to any war zone in the Middle East. Has he? Brian Williams has.

  10. Bill O’Reilly is a typical bully. Full of bombast, willing to pick on people who can’t defend themselves, willing to brag about stuff he hasn’t done. But behind all that is a weak little man. O’Reilly, like Hannity and others at FOX, is an empty paper bag; no brains, no guts, nothing to offer anyone but insults, innuendo, and lies.

  11. I have caught fox news in many a lie, it is easy to fact check, but the moment a so-called news channel lies and leans the news to help their agenda it is no longer news but propaganda. This is what Hitler and the Nazis did right before they took over Germany. I think fox news should be ashamed for deceiving Americans, the problem there is simple minded people thrive on hate and fox fuels that fire, one for there own agenda two for the bank accounts. If they can get loyal followers to watch all the commercials they can charge more and make more. People stop watching them and find out the real news, its not hard to do

  12. There is still hope for the future my American friends! We also had a nutbar news outlet in Canada we affectionately called Fox North. As of Valentine’s day Sun News Network is no more…and the silence is golden.

  13. Well I guess it’s about time for Bill to be taken off that 24 gold pedestal he built for himself and moved to the Fox News mantelpiece alongside Beck and Palin and all of the rest of those fool that sold their souls and made a deal with that devil Rupert Murdock.

  14. I don’t usually publicly indulge in schadenfreude, but I must admit, I am truly having a great time watching this unfold!

  15. O’Falafel is lying. He knows he’s lying; anybody with half a brain who reads the statements he’s made realizes he’s lying.

    So what does he do? Throw temper tantrums and threaten NYT reporter Emily Steel.

    Liar, bully, sexual harasser: some conservative values, huh?

  16. Ah yes. I remember it well. Mag the Hag, The UK’s St Ronnie, ordering the British Navy to steam off to fight over some worthless islands in the South Atlantic known either as the Malvinas or the Falklands. Perhaps St Ronnie learned from the Falkland War he should invade Grenada to cover up his boo boo of posting guards without ammunition to guard the Beirut Barracks. After all, Reagan didn’t want the press to discover he was partly responsible for the Beirut Barracks bombing. So he diverted their attention to a nothing war.
    The UK and the US have been going downhill since Mag the Hag and St. Ronnie were in their glory.

  17. I did something last night that I don’t normally do: I wasted an hour of my time watching O’Reilly. One solid hour of whining, bloviating (of course) and calling everyone who’ve proven his lies “pinheads,” among other nasty names.

    That’s ALLS he’s got! No proof of his claims, no evidence of his bullshit imaginative fantasies!

    Thank you David Corn, for this and for burying Mitt Romney with that “47%” videotape!

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