Bill O’Reilly, grizzled combat veteran?

Sgt_Fury_and_his_Howling_Commandos_Vol_1_139-1It’s pretty funny watching Bill O’Reilly go into his full Sgt. Nick Fury combat mode, using the two weapons he knows best — bluster and deception — to fire back at his critics.

Earlier this week, Mother Jones magazine published a story documenting the fact that over the years, O’Reilly has repeatedly claimed to have been in a “war zone” and “combat situation” in his coverage of the Falklands War between Argentina and Great Britain. The problem is, it never happened.

OReilly has told such stories in multiple formats on multiple occasions. In his 2001 book, O’Reilly wrote that “You know that I am not easily shocked. I’ve reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falkland Islands ….” In a column in 2004, he wrote about “having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands War.” In 2012 he said on air that “since I covered the Falklands War, Father, I’ve got a little soft spot. You’re out in the middle of nowhere, believe me.” He said on the air in 2013 that “I was in a situation one time in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands …” There are more than a few additional examples, including claims of surviving firefights for which there is no apparent evidence and of having “a hostile point an M-16 at (my) head from 10 yards away”.

But by every account, O’Reilly never got anywhere near the Falklands, an isolated patch of islands where all the ground fighting took place. He wasn’t “out in the middle of nowhere.” He wasn’t “on the ground in an active war zone.” On assignment for CBS, he only got as far as Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city of 3 million people that is roughly 1,200 miles away from any place that could legitimately be called a war zone or a combat situation. And even then he arrived as the war was ending.

But compare what he said above to what he said on air Friday night in attempting to rebut the criticism: “I never said I was on the Falkland Islands, as (reporter David) Corn purports. I said I covered the Falklands War, which I did.”

O’Reilly is now basing his defense on the claim that if he didn’t see combat in the Falklands, he did cover a protest in Buenos Aires after the war ended that turned ugly. In his mind, that demonstration was the “war zone”; that was the “combat situation” to which he has referred for so many years.

There are two large problems with that fallback claim. One, a protest gone angry is no more a war zone or combat situation than a cow is a barn. They simply aren’t the same things. The reporters who covered the protests in Ferguson, for example, aren’t now claiming that they’re war correspondents who survived combat in a war zone. They’re not melodramatically commiserating with actual war veterans about the psychological effects of combat — “Adrenaline surges, your senses become very attune, much sharper than they are ordinarily, and you are locked in, focused in, on your survival and achieving the means of staying alive” — as O’Reilly has.

Two, the protest as O’Reilly describes it apparently never took place. He has written that “a major riot ensued and many were killed,” and has called it a “combat situation.” In 2009, he said soldiers “were just gunning these people down, shooting them down in the streets” with “real bullets.”

No news accounts of post-war unrest in the Argentinian or international press, including those to which O’Reilly himself contributed, describe anything like that. Protests occurred, but there is no mention of a single fatality, let alone “many killed”. To bolster his own ego and credibility, O’Reilly has dramatically recast actual events, just as Brian Williams did.

billoOf course, this isn’t going to have the same impact on O’Reilly and his career that it had on Williams, who has been suspended by NBC for six months. Williams fell from pretty lofty heights, and deservedly so; O’Reilly has just fallen off his barstool, so to speak. He’ll now pick himself up, dust himself off, glower at the snickering clientele and resume his ranting, trying to pretend that he hasn’t lost any of his dignity and credibility.

And to be honest, he probably hasn’t. As that great media critic Muddy Waters used to tell us, you can’t lose what you never had.

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EdUktr
EdUktr

What's apparent in all this is the envy and even hatred some liberal journalists have for O'Reilly and top-rated Fox News—at a time when other news organizations are cutting staff.

jellyphish
jellyphish

Let's see here...Hillary lies about sniper fire and Bookman refers to her as a juggernaut.  O'reily is questioned by a non-objective leftist publication and Bookman gladly runs with it regardless of the facts.  Come on Jay, not all off your audience are kool-aid drinkers.

Elvez
Elvez

You know what I find funny Bookman?  Parading Mother Jones and David Corn as a credible source of information.  

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

Where in the Constitution does it say the Congress MUST send the president a "clean" bill ??


If he veto's it .............. the buck stops there.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

Kamchak


Thanks for answering my question about Reagan down below.I never knew he engaged in that sort of thing.I learn something new every day around here.Whew! 

LeninTime
LeninTime

Funding a repressive state security agency is nothing for any progressive person to celebrate.

gotalife
gotalife

Fund the DHS and watch the adults in charge.






Normd
Normd

If the Republicans were really sincere about funding the DHS, they would present a clean bill that just funds the DHS.  What they are doing, with the "stop funding" of the President's Executive order on  the dreamers, is playing politics with our safety.  They know the President will veto the bill with the rider attached to it...as he should.  The GOP is once again proving that it is ideology over the needs of the people.  So be it...we will answer come 2016.

td1234
td1234

@Normd You do understand that the laws for DHS are written and changed by the Congress per the Constitution? You do understand that the Congress is the sole funding mechanism of anything and everything the executive branch does? 


The President does not write the law and cannot unilaterally decide how to spend the money. That power totally is within the power of the legislative branch. 


BTW: Our safety will not be in the least bit of danger since any law enforcement or national security function of DHS will still have to work. People like Bro will just not get paid.   

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

@td1234 


Thank you and where in the Constitution does it say that Congress must send

the president a "clean" bill ???

KUTGF
KUTGF

The same Republicans who lost their minds over Michelle Obama’s proud of my country comments in 2008 are hypocritically overjoyed that John McCain said that he was ashamed of his country

________________


IOKIYAR strikes again. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak @FIGMO2

Yeah, Mr. Schnirty probably doesn't measure up quite like in the early days.

She used to talk glowingly of him, years back. Now not so much.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

I was hoping he could reprise his smoking mushroom yellow gun stuff.

It never gets old.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Kamchak Would it break your heart if I let you in in the fact your shtick isn't getting any funnier after 1,375 attempts?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Kamchak

Do you see yourself as WALKING TALL with your little schtick?

schnirt

Kamchak
Kamchak

@fiftythreepercenter

Isn't it almost time for you to play the "Christian bashing" card? Oh, and while I have your attention, I'm still waiting for your proof about Jay leaving the blog when you think that you have the ultimate gotcha.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@FIGMO2

Do you see yourself as WALKING TALL...

I know projection when I see it.

Just sayin'.

Orange15
Orange15

Senate Republicans should use the nuclear option to get the DHS funding to the President. House Republicans did their job and passed the bill. Dems are using the same tactic the Republicans used when they were the minority. Whine some more dems it must be tough walking around with your panties in a wad.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Orange15  I am all for the GOP going nuclear.....  wipe out the 60 vote rule completely! The GOP has the votes to go nuclear........ do it please!

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

  • "A TOP OBAMA administration official warns about the potential, far-reaching perils of Congress allowing the Department of Homeland Security to run out of funding in several days and got some Republican support in the Capitol Hill stalemate ............................ Kevin Smith, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, repeated that message Sunday by saying in an email: "The House has acted to fund the Homeland Security Department. Now it's time for Senate Democrats to stop blocking legislation that would do the same."




  • So the Senate Democrats should stop their filibuster, pass the bill and the president should sign it.


    Problem solved.


    Next !

    td1234
    td1234

    @AyeAyeSir Exactly. It is the Democrats that is holding up the DHS bill from being passed. 

    Philo_Farnsworth
    Philo_Farnsworth

    Tis true, but unreported by the MSM. It will be the Repubs fault regardless of what happens. MSM will make sure of that.

    td1234
    td1234

    @Philo_Farnsworth And the progressive wonder why Conservatives defend moderates like Bill. At least Bill will cover issues about progressives that the other stations refuse to even address. 

    CherokeeCounty
    CherokeeCounty

    @AyeAyeSir 


    Yeah there's the ticket. If only Obama would ignore one of the promises that got him elected, and send all those kids back to countries that they know nothing about.


    Brilliant. Wonder why he didn't think of that...

    gotalife
    gotalife

    The gop surrendered on national security.


    Waved the white flag.


    Weak..

    breckenridge
    breckenridge

    Bush-Shiavo in 2016!

    Because republican candidates have a history of picking brain-dead women as running mates.

    straker
    straker

    Are Republicans actually going to shut down homeland security?


    Are these the same ones determined to put boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS?


    Do they speak with forked tongue? 

    YouLibs
    YouLibs

    This reminds me of the time that someone accused Bill of telling a guest to shut up. I thought to myself, "This can't be possible. Bill would never get down off his white high horse and actually be that rude and classless."


    Turns out he admits to doing it once in a little over six years.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTkFU4MtubU

    SFM_Scootter
    SFM_Scootter

    @YouLibs Your link doesn't prove his high horse is white.It does however prove he is obnoxious.LOL

    FIGMO2
    FIGMO2

    Thank goodness OReilly is not a news anchor or presidential candidate like Hillary. 

    schnirt

    KUTGF
    KUTGF

    @td1234 @KUTGF @FIGMO2  LOL.....  And for all the times you clowns tell us how he is the most watched......  but but but he does not "represent" your views.  LOL


    I hope you got some new shoes for all the running away...  without squeakers. 

    KUTGF
    KUTGF

    @FIGMO2  Yes because if he were then the RWers would have to find even more reasons to tell us why his lies don't matter.  The RW is already failing miserably at that so let's not add more pressure. 

    td1234
    td1234

    @KUTGF @FIGMO2 You first mistake is to assume any Conservative actually thinks Bill represents their views. 

    FIGMO2
    FIGMO2

    @KUTGF

    I'd be hard pressed to find a lie within someone who talks as much as O'Reilly. My head spins on the rare occasion I watch his No Spin Zone. I tune him out more than I tune him in.

    FIGMO2
    FIGMO2

    @Kamchak

    "What?"

    Ronald Reagan wants you to know he died fourteen years ago. 

    Kamchak
    Kamchak

    @SFM_Scootter

    During Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s November 1983 visit to the U.S., Reagan told Shamir that during his service in the U.S. Army film corps, he and fellow members of his unit personally shot footage of the Nazis’ concentration camps as they were liberated. Reagan would tell this story again to others, including Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal. But Reagan was never present at the camps’ liberation. Instead, he spent the war in Culver City, California, where he processed footage from the liberation of the camps.

    td1234
    td1234

    @KUTGF @td1234 @FIGMO2 Bill is a right leaning moderate at best, in the Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush mode. and is not a Conservative. I agree with him about 75% of the time but the only Conservative on Fox is Hannity. 


    The problem is the rest of MSM is so far to the left that Bill actually appears to be a Conservative to the progressives. 

    td1234
    td1234

    @KUTGF @FIGMO2 I watch Bill almost every night at 11pm. It is either him or the sissy boy Chris Hayes whining every night. 

    FIGMO2
    FIGMO2

    @Kamchak

    Your excerpt from Salon can be attributed to one Louis Cannon, not Ronald Reagan. A possible he said but the other fella never said kinda thing.

    Nothing more than hearsay.

    Kamchak
    Kamchak

    @FIGMO2

    Reagan biographer Edmund Morris says, "What?"

    Schnirt-a-doodle-doo

    Just schnirtin'.

    Nobody_Knows
    Nobody_Knows

    @FIGMO2 @Kamchak


    Reagan biographer Edmund Morris proposed an especially charitable explanation for Reagan’s misleading Holocaust claim, arguing that the images “so burned into his brain that later in life — quite understandably — he imagined he had been there at Ohrdruf and Buchenwald.” Like Williams’ mea culpa, in which he stated that he mistakenly “conflate[d]” one helicopter with another, Morris’ explanation stretches credulity. Just as it’s exceedingly difficult to see how someone could misremember such a searing episode as being fired upon in a war zone, it’s hard to believe that one could confuse viewing footage of Nazi death camps with actually being present at them.

    FIGMO2
    FIGMO2

    @Nobody_Knows

    Bring forth a video of Reagan saying what's been claimed, and I'll buy what they're selling. Without a video, it's just, once again....

    hearsay. 

    KUTGF
    KUTGF

    @td1234 @KUTGF @FIGMO2  AWWWWWW....someone's manhood is so small he feels threatened by someone who is not gay.  LOL

    FIGMO2
    FIGMO2

    @Kamchak

    IOKIYAR that died fourteen years ago.

    IOKIYAR whose words cannot be confirmed by anyone present at the meeting.

    IOKIYARWGTBOALP.

    Kamchak
    Kamchak

    @FIGMO2

    You seem to be exposing your thin skin.

    Not my issue.

    Just sayin'.

    Kamchak
    Kamchak

    @KUTGF

    Fox News the mostest highest rated cable news show that very few will admit watching.

    Kamchak
    Kamchak

    @FIGMO2

    Translation: IOKIYAR

    Schnirt-a-doodle-doo

    Just schnirtin'.