Trapped Rat Bill O’Reilly Completely Cracks Up As He Threatens New York Times Reporter

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In an interview with the New York Times Monday evening, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly personally threatened a reporter over the paper’s coverage of the controversy surrounding O’Reilly’s claims that he was in a war zone when he covered protests in Buenos Aires in 1982. O’Reilly has found himself mired in a scandal after Mother Jones released a report Thursday accusing the host of embellishing stories of his work as a correspondent for CBS in the 1980s. Over the past few days, O’Reilly has resorted to personal attacks and insults to defend himself as former colleagues have come forward and confirmed that the former Inside Edition exaggerated or outright lied about his experiences.

During the broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor Monday night, O’Reilly aired footage that he obtained for CBS regarding a protest in Buenos Aires that he covered for the network in 1982. O’Reilly has long contended the protest, which occurred in the aftermath of the end of the Falklands War, constituted a combat or war zone and that he witnessed extreme violence, including multiple people killed. He’s also claimed over the years that a soldier pointed a machine gun right in his face — at times, he’s said it was multiple soldiers — and he also saved the life of an injured photographer.

On his Monday night show, he aired the clips and stated he was totally vindicated by the video evidence. He also brought on a former NBC bureau chief to defend him and agree that the Argentinian protest constituted a combat zone during a time of war. O’Reilly also said that he hoped this can all stop now and that everyone can move on.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Fox News:



Of course, airing the video really did nothing to refute any of the allegations made against O’Reilly, and while he found one reporter who backed up his claims of being in a dangerous war zone, there is a growing number of former CBS colleagues and other reporters who dispute his accounts. Both The Guardian and Mother Jones pointed out Monday evening that the video clips from CBS at the time do not back up O’Reilly’s claims that multiple people were shot and killed during the protests, that he saved the life of a seriously injured photographer or that he was personally threatened by a soldier. Nor does the video evidence suggest that O’Reilly was in what can be considered a combat zone in a war-torn country.

As stated before, the Fox commentator has used bombastic rhetoric over the past few days as a way to discredit and attack those who are disputing his record as a CBS correspondent. Generally, he’s called anyone who questions his ‘war’ coverage a “far-left zealot” (a term he used again Monday night) and has personally attacked Mother Jones’ David Corn and former CBS colleague Eric Engberg. O’Reilly even suggested that Corn needs to be placed in the “kill zone.” He used that bullying tactic again Monday night with a Times reporter who interviewed him over the scandal.

Below is from the Times’ article:

Mr. O’Reilly’s efforts to refute the claims by Mother Jones and some former CBS News colleagues occurred both on the air and off on Monday. 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.”

Times reporter Emily Steel confirmed on Twitter late Monday evening that she was the one that O’Reilly threatened. Even though Fox has noted that it has O’Reilly’s back during this controversy — a far cry from how NBC reacted to the Brian Williams fiasco — it appears that the Fox talking head is like a cornered rat and is lashing out in irrational and despicable ways. Seriously, threatening a reporter?

40 Replies to “Trapped Rat Bill O’Reilly Completely Cracks Up As He Threatens New York Times Reporter”

  1. Billo is a unhinged nutjob. Fake news will never hold him accountable for his lies. Fake news ‘s whole agenda is built on daily slime and lies.

  2. War zone chic –

    Brian Williams up to his chin in a flak jacket.

    Bill O’Reilly in a breezy Aloha shirt open at the collar.

  3. The spin zone – liar Bill spinning his lies, then hissy fit ensues. Bill needs to go, he is no journalist – just a lying scumbag.

  4. By Bilious O’s standards I’m sure that it seems reasonable to threaten any journalist who might exaggerate a story or report in a way that doesn’t coincide with his personal observations. After all, Bilious O himself is not a journalist and couldn’t possibly understand journalistic integrity.

  5. “Some crowds and crew were knocked to the ground.”

    So it was slightly more dangerous than “the war on Christmas,” another deadly conflict Bill O’Falafel covers every year.

  6. He also threatened to destroy the Woman who sued him for sexual harassment….he’s a bloviating narcissist

  7. O’Reilly has bad-mouthed the all other news networks non-stop for so long now, how can he expect anything else from his “journalistic colleagues”? He’s a sociopathic boob.

  8. If it doesn’t stop, he’s afraid even Fox “News” may abandon their defense of him. That won’t happen though. He’s the perfect fit for the disinformation station.

  9. All this proves that global warming is real. I mean with all the hot air that comes from O’Reilly’s mouth, he alone is responsible for the melting polar caps. Seriously, we all know that he is an arrogant, know-it-all, dick-less dirtbag. What kind of man threatens a female reporter? The kind who is a spineless coward that is angry that his scumbag lies and ideology is being exposed. It is so obvious that Bill is a self serving liar. Anyone who denies this in the face of clear evidence is a Kool-Aid drinking douchebag.

    If it was someone like Chris Matthews who did what O’Reilly did, imagine what the reaction from Faux News would be. They would be covering it non stop like it was the most important news event of the century. Give me a break. And if any right winger is offended by my post, I MAKE NO APOLOGIES.

  10. His exaggeration is company policy, for the Goebbels Channel what constitutes a “war” is laughably small. With their logic a war is just standing up to the Reich Wing’s propaganda and fear mongering or by just saying NO! With the courage that the Reich Wing lacks.

  11. Looked an sounded like ferguson, not no war zone. Rubber bullets an tear gas is NOT a War Zone. No dead bodies as he claimed either! But Fox has no dignity, an will NOT pull O’Reilly or even sanction him for his lying to the American Public, an lying in his book! We know NOW who has integerity na who does not! We know NOW who is fair an Balanced an who is not!

  12. O’Reilly is gonna implode. Soon. On Air. They will have to take him out with/in a Strait Jacket. His personality deems it. Or he will blurt out The “F” word or other cuss word on camera (It will, of course be bleeted out) Then he may get up and walk off the set. Then, there it is….he’s done.

  13. The name calling and “careless” comments remind me of a 3rd grade class. Note that O’Reilly’s comment was reported as “irresponsible” reporting. We are entitled to protection from such actions. From the comments here, one would think bodily harm was threatening. Get real people.

  14. I think you all are crazy, people do not care what you guys say. Brian Williams is an idiot and O’Reilly tells the truth, he has a right to defend his character. After all you have none, so how would you know anything

  15. Can We Stop Pretending Anything Will Happen to Bill O’Reilly? Yes, yes, yes, David Corn, you are correct: Fox “news” serial felcher Bill O’Reilly exaggerated his reporting from a “war zone” during the Falkland Islands conflict. At best, he was at a carnival that lost control. You got him, man, caught him dead to rights. He is a lying motherfucker who only compounds his crimes by insisting that he’s not lying. He is a hypocritical cockhead, a bullying shitheel, and a fraudulent, petty bitch. And, yeah, yeah, his lies are worse than Brian Williams’s because at least the NBC anchor didn’t pretend to have saved somebody’s life. So the fuck what? All that reporting and two bucks will get you a tall Starbucks that tastes like bitter defeat (the new flavor for the end of winter). – See more at:

  16. O’Reilly hosts the most popular show on TV today! Why would Fox News fire him? Last night, he had credible people that corroborated his story and there was videotape to prove it. Left Wing journalists think it’s OK to slander people if it furthers their agenda. Just in case you are not aware, he is Independent. I’m a conservative and disagree with him very often. Admit it, you never watched it. Your credibility is zero.

  17. Canada does it right. Throw the Fox “Opinions” out of the country.

    Fox is entertainment for weak minds, not news. They are faux reporters. It is pretty sad when Al Jazeera represents one of the more truthful news sources. Journalism is no longer ethical. Glad I grew up watching Cronkite.

  18. Bill is a chickenhawk trying to sound like a brave man. He wrote in Semper Fi, nov 18, 2004: Having survived a combat situation … during the Falklands War, I know that life and death decisions are made in a flash.

    That lie is an insult to our combat vets and every war journalist who were wounded or killed in a warzone.

  19. It has appeared to me for many years that Mr. O’Reilly is a bully with a poorly concealed sociopathic streak. I would add a strong dose of egomania to the mix. It fascinates me why there is a certain number of people who are motivated to watch his act.

  20. Wow. Many, many, many screws loose. He’s the first and most obnoxious commentator on the air whenever ANY actual real news organization personality gets into hot water. He lied. Plain and simple. The video he showed proved NOTHING. NOBODY was killed on that tape. It was NOT a ‘war zone.’ He didn’t “save” anybody. And multiple, multiple former co-workers have publicly stated he lied. His response and Fox’s proves beyond any doubt that the only passing resemblance to actual ‘news’ in their broadcasts is what they choose to try to call it. If you wanna see what happens when REAL reporters get caught lying, check out ‘Brian Williams.’
    What makes people so outraged? Responses like yours – perfectly willing to ‘overlook’ the obvious outrageous lie, while screaming for the heads of anyone else on any other network for any reason. Hypocrisy. Plain and simple.

  21. “O’Reilly also said that he hoped this can all stop now and that everyone can move on”….i’m so sure he does.[WINK]

  22. Then why did he get NBC to back his lie instead ANY CBS reporters or sound tech or cameramen, especially the one that was supposed to have been injured? They have you right where they had me until 2011.STUPID. They have you there now.

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