We perish because we know not… #TLENews
Bill O’Reilly refutes a new Mother Jones report revealing that the Fox News host made false claims about his Falklands War experience, calling it “a piece of garbage” and David Corn, the principal author, “a liar.”
In a telephone interview with the On Media blog, O’Reilly called Corn a “despicable guttersnipe” who has been trying to take him down “for years.”
“It’s a hit piece,” O’Reilly said. “Everything I said about what I reported in South and Central America is true. Everything.”
The report, published late Thursday, reveals that O’Reilly repeatedly misled viewers by claiming to have been in a war zone during the conflict between England and Argentina in 1982. O’Reilly has made claims to have been “in an active war zone” in public appearances, on his television program, and in his book. He claimed to have been in the Falklands despite the fact that no American correspondents are believed to have reached the combat zones on the islands.
O’Reilly said in the interview that he never claimed to have been on the Falkland Islands.
“I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was. I was in Buenos Aires… In Buenos Aires we were in a combat situation after the Argentines surrendered.”
As he wrote in The No Spin Zone, when thousands of Argentines protested the military junta for surrendering to the Brits, O’Reilly was in Buenos Aires . O’Reilly says that the Army shot into the crowd. (David Corn said this was not war action.)
“It was clear that I did not say I was in the Falkland Islands. I’ve done myriad interviews over the years and I never said that,” O’Reilly told On Media.
The Mother Jones report comes one week after NBC News anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months due to false claims about his own experiences during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): David Corn responds to O’Reilly in an interview with On Media.