If You’re Keeping Score, Add The LA Riots To List Of Things Bill O’Reilly Has Lied About


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On Thursday evening, The Guardian published a report claiming six people who worked with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly during the 1992 Los Angeles riots have disputed his past remarks that he was attacked by protesters and concrete rained down on him. At the same time, Media Matters reported that more people have come forward to refute O’Reilly’s claims that he was on the front porch of George de Mohrenschildt’s house when the Russian emigre killed himself with a shotgun blast in 1977. Meanwhile, The O’Reilly Factor host has also tried to explain away his apparent exaggerations over his reporting in El Salvador by parsing the meaning of the word ‘see.’

The Guardian interviewed a number of O’Reilly’s former colleagues from his time with the tabloid program Inside Edition regarding claims he’s made about his personal coverage of the LA riots. In 2006, O’Reilly told a website that rioters were “throwing bricks and stones at us” and “concrete was raining down on us.” Earlier this week, in a conversation with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the Fox host told Hewitt that his group was attacked by protesters and bricks were thrown at them.

However, O’Reilly’s former Inside Edition colleagues who were with him at the scene say that nothing of the sort ever happened when they went to cover the riots. Instead, they think O’Reilly may be wildly overstating an encounter with a homeowner who tossed a chunk of concrete at a camera when O’Reilly’s team was setting up on a street near the man’s home. Per those present or who had access to footage at the time, nobody was hit by bricks, concrete wasn’t rained down on anyone and protesters did not attack O’Reilly or any other reporters.


Regarding the specific incident former colleagues believed O’Reilly is referring to, The Guardian wrote the following:

Several members of the team suggested that O’Reilly may instead be overstating a fracas involving one disgruntled Los Angeles resident, who smashed one of their cameras with a piece of rubble.

Two of the team said the man was angered specifically by O’Reilly behaving disrespectfully after arriving at the smoking remains of his neighbourhood in a limousine, whose driver at one point began polishing the vehicle. O’Reilly is said to have shouted at the man and asked him: “Don’t you know who I am?”

O’Reilly has also come under fire over allegations that he completely made up a story in his best-selling book Killing Kennedy. In the book, he claimed he was present with de Mohrenschildt killed himself in Palm Beach, Florida, even though O’Reilly was a reporter in  Texas at the time. Earlier this week, Media Matters interviewed two reporters who worked with O’Reilly at the time and have said there was no way O’Reilly could have been there that day. On Thursday, the media watchdog site published a report in which they interviewed three more former colleagues who disputed O’Reilly’s story.

One of the men Media Matters interviewed, Hugh Aynesworth, a former Newsweek bureau chief, vehemently denied that O’Reilly was anywhere near the scene at the time of de Mohrenschildt’s suicide.

Hugh Aynesworth, a former bureau chief for Newsweek and the Washington Times, strongly refuted O’Reilly’s JFK claim. The Dallas Observer reported on February 26 that the de Mohrenschildt suicide scoop came from the Dallas newspaper “where Aynesworth was working. It was his story, he says. He did go to Palm Beach, and he says now there was nobody around the news scene that day named Bill O’Reilly.” Aynesworth, a “JFK assassination expert,” says he was on the scene “within hours” of the suicide, adding, “I didn’t see him [O’Reilly] there. I was at the police department or that house for hours, and he just was not there.”

Another allegation that popped up this week surrounds O’Reilly’s assertions that he had seen nuns gunned down in El Salvador during his days as a CBS correspondent. However, O’Reilly didn’t make it to El Salvador until 1981. The incident when three nuns and an American worker were raped and killed by the Salvadoran national guard happened in 1980. O’Reilly has since tried to explain the discrepancy by saying he saw pictures of the shot nuns when he arrived in El Salvador and that he never meant he physically saw them being shot. Of course, that is beyond silly on it face, especially because he said on at least one occasion that he’s “seen guys gun down nuns in El Salvador.”

What started with an article in Mother Jones last week regarding O’Reilly’s embellishments on his Falklands War reporting has now snowballed into numerous accusations of exaggerations and lies over a period of years. In response, O’Reilly and Fox News have basically used the ‘vast left-wing conspiracy’ excuse to blanket O’Reilly from accusations, which will likely work with his rabidly far-right base of viewers and keep O’Reilly safely on the air. However, the one thing O’Reilly has always craved, beyond fame and notoriety, is credibility and acceptance from the news journalism crowd he supposedly despises for their partisan agendas. That acceptance and credibility isn’t coming anytime soon, my friend.

28 Replies to “If You’re Keeping Score, Add The LA Riots To List Of Things Bill O’Reilly Has Lied About”

  1. He said he was in the Falklands. Now he says he was in Buenos Aires, covering Falklands-related protests.
    He said he saw “guys gun down nuns in El Salvador.” Now he says he saw photos. (LOL.)
    He said he heard de Mohrenschildt shoot himself. Now it turns out he was in a different state when that happen. Let me guess: he’ll say he has super powers and heard it from Texas.

    Fortunately for O’Falafel, his viewers don’t gave any integrity or brains, so he will be just fine.

  2. Truthfully I have lost count of O’Reilly’s lies and distortions. FUX Propaganda hired a total fraud when they signed up this guy to spew his half truths. But then again….that’s what they do at FUX. Stay tuned on O”Reilly’s embellishments…much more to come I’m certain.

  3. “Meanwhile, The O’Reilly Factor host has also tried to explain away his apparent exaggerations over his reporting in El Salvador by parsing the meaning of the word ‘see.’”

    Is this not a man who hounded Bill & Hilary Clinton because they asked for the legal definition of the word “is” in a deposition?

  4. At this point, wouldn’t it be easier to maintain a list of things that O’Reilly *isn’t* lying about?

  5. From a tabloid news show, Inside Edition, to a tabloid news station, Fox “News”, he’s always positioned himself in the profession he does best, the tabloids. Coming soon, Bill O’reilly takes over for Jerry Springer.

  6. Yet, he is not getting 1/1,000,000,000,000th of the heat that Brian Williams got for his “faulty” memory….

  7. The only way to hold that lying cesspool of bovine excrement accountable would deny the lying cesspool of bovine excrement that employs him their press pass to the White house.

  8. Egomaniacal,hubris filled,blustering bore who’s schtick is to lie and brag and bully everyone he can. I think this person lies and then actually believes his lie is factual; he’s a sick person; psychiatric help needed; a new mental health condition is possible; naming the malady The OReily syndrome.

  9. I have a feeling that sooner or later…NOT EVEN his fans will be looking at him in the same way, prior to these stories coming to light. Their brash, tough guy, rude bully Billo has been exposed as a guy who embellishes (lies) his way to fame and fortune. Yes? Keep it coming guys. Where there is smoke there is FIRE!

  10. The vast left conspiracy theme still leaves open the fact that he lied and that he had already called out another reporter for lying. He cannot now say that the allegations of his lying are false. The evidence is clear. On the other hand, he cannot claim the lies are not important. The ONLY thing he can claim is that there is, as we all know, a very different standard at work regarding journalism and accuracy. I suppose his book publisher is a News Corp subsidiary, like Fox News.

  11. OK – I will toss this out to the Good Catholic Boy: IF you saw the men who raped and killed the nuns and layworker in El Salvador, WHY THE HELL DID YOU NOT STOP THEM OR REPORT THEM TO HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS? The identities of these despicable people could have been cleared up immediately if you WERE there.

    So either you’re a liar or a coward or are cravenly disregarding your ‘role’ as an ‘eyewitness’. In all respects you are despicable, no matter what the truth really is.

  12. Bill reminds me of a drunk in a bar telling war stories but who never was near a war. Bill would probably have considered Florida as a war zone during the Vietnam War.

  13. Bill O’Reilly has shown the world who he really is. Now anybody who watches and believes anything he says from this day forward, You don’t want the truth and you Enjoy being manipulated and Outright Lied To.

  14. The problem is most CONservatives that watch Faux News will just take O’Reilly at his word – after all it’s just the bad liberal media attacking this poor humble bastion of idiocy – I mean conservative ideology.

  15. It is not even clear that he grew up in Levittown. His mother has said they lived in another more upscale town. He went to school in Westbury.

  16. I don’t know what he has said was I only see reports of what he seemed to be saying, if he did claim to be physically on the porch when the gun went off, he should get the same treatment as Brian Williams because the lie is very much the same.

    As for his statements about the LA riots and having bricks rain down on him, there was one brick (from what I understand)tossed in his direction and that could be a use of a colorful overstatement. And a retraction should be made with apology. Like he did years back when he claimed he won a pulitzer prize when it was a peabody award.

    The El Salvador nuns thing sounds very much like Williams saying he saw a body float past in during Hurricane coverage.

  17. I really don’t listen to this person. But, even if I did, does it surprise anyone that this person lies like the devil? So do many persons, known and unknown. Lying is no secret to anyone. God’s Word is Truth! That’s it!

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