MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took to task Bill O’Reilly’s exaggerations in his war reporting.
Quite a few claims of the Fox News host have been under scrutiny and called out by his colleagues who were actually at the same location he was.
“He was more than a thousand miles away from the actual fighting in the Falklands War,” Maddow said after playing a clip.
Maddow spoke of the network’s support for O’Reilly, even after recent revelations.
On Wednesday night, Maddow said, “What [O’Reilly and Fox News] haven’t touched at all thus far is one where there appears to be no plausible, innocent explanation for what Mr. O’Reilly said.”
She showed a clip of “Fox & Friends” repeating a story which cannot possibly be true unless O’Reilly is a Time Lord, saying he was on the scene of the suicide of George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of President John F. Kennedy’s assassin.
“Mr. O’Reilly does not seem to have been standing on the porch listening to the gunshot ring out as the guy killed himself,” Maddow said. “Not unless the guy’s porch was long enough to extend from that house in Florida all the way into Texas, where Bill O’Reilly was working as a Dallas reporter.”
Then Maddow showed clips of the Fox News host saying he was “coming down” “to Florida” after the suicide.
“Mr. O’Reilly does not seem to have been standing on the porch listening to the gun shot ring out as the guy killed himself,” Maddow said.
“I mean, not unless that guy’s porch was long enough to extend from that house in Florida all the way into Texas where Bill O’Reilly was working as a Dallas reporter,” she added.
Maddow then explained that she reached out to Fox News about the recent stories, but instead, was given told of Bill O’Reilly’s “great” ratings.”
“We asked them for comment on the substance of the allegations,” Maddow said. “What they sent us was a lot of information about how great Bill O’Reilly’s ratings are.”
Maddow laughed then said, “I’ve seen your rating shoot my ratings right in the head — well, I’ve seen pictures of that, I should say.”
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