Bill O’Reilly’s Ex-CBS Associates Beg to Differ About His “War Stories”

Bill O'Reilly's Ex-CBS Associates Beg to Differ About His "War Stories"

Bill O’Reilly’s Ex-CBS Associates Beg to Differ About His “War Stories” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly’s professional reputation continues to take a hit, but he’s still crying foul. It’s not just one CBS associate who’s calling his war stories a crock of sh*t. There are actually seven former associates disputing his claims. Here’s an excerpt from posted on Facebook by Eric Jon Engberg:

O’Reilly has said he was in a situation in Argentina where “my photographer got run down and hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete and the army was chasing us.” The only place where such an injury could have occurred was the relatively tame riot I have described above. Neither Doyle, who would have been immediately informed of injury to any CBS personnel, nor anyone else who was working the story remembers a cameraman being injured that night. No one who reported back to our hotel newsroom after the disturbance was injured; if a cameraman had been “bleeding from the ear” he would have immediately reported that to his superiors at the hotel. This part of O’Reilly’s Argentina story is not credible without further confirmation, and O’Reilly should identify the cameraman by name so he can be questioned about the alleged injury.

Bill O’Reilly wrote about the “combat situation” in his No Spin Zone book:

A major riot ensued and many were killed. I was right in the middle of it and nearly died of a heart attack when a soldier, standing about ten feet away, pointed his automatic weapon directly at my head.

Jim Forrest, who was a sound engineer for CBS in Buenos Aires at the time, addressed Bill O’Reilly’s claims that people were killed. He told CNN, “There were certainly no dead people. Had there been dead people, they would have sent more camera crews.”

O’Reilly took a different position in his memoir:

One of the cameramen, however, got trampled, and all of us got banged up in the panic. Many, including me, were teargassed.

Manny Alvarez, who was a cameraman said, “Nobody remembers this happening. If somebody got hurt, we all would have known.”

Once again, O’Reilly took a different position:

This was major violence up close and personal, and it was an important international story.

So much for Bill O’Reilly slamming Mother Jones and David Corn as engaging in a hit job on him. There are people out there who are now speaking up about Bill-O’s half-truths and embellishments.

NBC’s Brian Williams Suspended for Six Months Without Pay Over Misremembering Scandal

NBC's Brian Williams Suspended for Six Months Without Pay

NBC’s Brian Williams Suspended for Six Months Without Pay (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

NBC’s Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended for six months without pay for his embellishment scandal. The suspension is effective immediately. Um, sounds like Brian Williams won’t be back on NBC. They will find a way to make this permanent. Lester Holt will be his replacement.

Here’s the memo from NBC News President Deborah Turness:

All,

We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately.  We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News.

Our review, which is being led by Richard Esposito working closely with NBCUniversal General Counsel Kim Harris, is ongoing, but I think it is important to take you through our thought process in coming to this decision.

While on Nightly News on Friday, January 30, 2015, Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position.

In addition, we have concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field.

As Managing Editor and Anchor of Nightly News, Brian has a responsibility to be truthful and to uphold the high standards of the news division at all times.

Steve Burke, Pat Fili and I came to this decision together. We felt it would have been wrong to disregard the good work Brian has done and the special relationship he has forged with our viewers over 22 years.  Millions of Americans have turned to him every day, and he has been an important and well-respected part of our organization.

As I’m sure you understand, this was a very hard decision. Certainly there will be those who disagree.  But we believe this suspension is the appropriate and proportionate action.

This has been a difficult time. But NBC News is bigger than this moment. You work so hard and dedicate yourselves each and every day to the important work of bringing trusted, credible news to our audience. Because of you, your loyalty, your dedication, NBC News is an organization we can – and should – all be proud of. We will get through this together.

Steve Burke asked me to share the following message.

“This has been a painful period for all concerned and we appreciate your patience while we gathered the available facts. By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News. His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate. Brian’s life’s work is delivering the news. I know Brian loves his country, NBC News and his colleagues. He deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him. Brian has shared his deep remorse with me and he is committed to winning back everyone’s trust.”

Deborah

NBC’s Brian Williams Stepping Aside for “Next Several Days” Over Iraq Claims

NBC's Brian Williams Stepping Aside for "Next Several Days" Over Iraq Claims

NBC’s Brian Williams Stepping Aside for “Next Several Days” Over Iraq Claims (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

BRIAN WILLIAMS STEPPING ASIDE: “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams said he has “decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days” amid controversy over claims he was on a Chinook that was shot down over Baghdad in 2003.

Williams wrote in a statement to NBC staff, “In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.”“As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days.”

Lester Holt will take Brian Williams’ place during his temporary leave. It’s not clear what the end result will be. NBC has launched an internal investigation into the matter.

Earlier this week, Williams apologized saying he misremembered the series of events. A new video surfaced on Saturday from 2007 in which he says he looked into “the tube of the RPG that fired” at another helicopter, Mediaite reports.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wasted no time in issuing a scathing rebuke of Brian Williams. She wrote:

THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while.

NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division.

But the caustic media big shots who once roamed the land were gone, and “there was no one around to pull his chain when he got too over-the-top,” as one NBC News reporter put it.

It seemed pathological because Williams already had the premier job, so why engage in résumé inflation? And you don’t get those jobs because of your derring-do.

NBC’s Brian Williams Admits He Lied About Being Shot Down in Iraq

NBC's Brian Williams Admits He Lied About Being Shot Down in Iraq

NBC’s Brian Williams Admits He Lied About Being Shot Down in Iraq (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

YOU LIE:  NBC news anchor Brian Williams admitted that he lied about being shot down while onboard a Chinook helicopter during a visit to Iraq in 2003. He claimed he was on the helicopter when it was shot down by enemy fire over Baghdad.

Williams was forced to recant his story on Wednesday when the crew begged to differ with his account. Um, how stupid….Why? Why? Why?

Military-focused newspaper Stars & Stripes, was instrumental in getting Brian Williams to admit he lied:

Williams himself repeated the claim Friday during NBC’s coverage of a public tribute at a New York Rangers hockey game for a retired soldier that had provided ground security for the grounded helicopters. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had misremembered the events and was sorry.

The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.

“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”

After Stars & Stripes jarred Brian Williams’ memory, he issued an apology. I am trying to figure out how one can forget whether or not they were traveling on a plane that was shot down? Still, how can one much such a mistake? Better yet, why would anyone make that up? Crazy. He just broke every rule learned in journalism school. Here’s Brian Williams’ so-called apology in its entirety:

To Joseph, Lance, Jonathan, Pate, Michael and all those who have posted: You are absolutely right and I was wrong.

In fact, I spent much of the weekend thinking I’d gone crazy. I feel terrible about making this mistake, especially since I found my OWN WRITING about the incident from back in ’08, and I was indeed on the Chinook behind the bird that took the RPG in the tail housing just above the ramp.

Because I have no desire to fictionalize my experience (we all saw it happened the first time) and no need to dramatize events as they actually happened, I think the constant viewing of the video showing us inspecting the impact area — and the fog of memory over 12 years — made me conflate the two, and I apologize.

I certainly remember the armored mech platoon, meeting Capt. Eric Nye and of course Tim Terpak. Shortly after they arrived, so did the Orange Crush sandstorm, making virtually all outdoor functions impossible. I honestly don’t remember which of the three choppers Gen. Downing and I slept in, but we spent two nights on the stowable web bench seats in one of the three birds.

Later in the invasion when Gen. Downing and I reached Baghdad, I remember searching the parade grounds for Tim’s Bradley to no avail. My attempt to pay tribute to CSM Terpak was to honor his 23+ years in service to our nation, and it had been 12 years since I saw him.

The ultimate irony is: In writing up the synopsis of the 2 nights and 3 days I spent with him in the desert, I managed to switch aircraft. Nobody’s trying to steal anyone’s valor. Quite the contrary: I was and remain a civilian journalist covering the stories of those who volunteered for duty. This was simply an attempt to thank Tim, our military and Veterans everywhere — those who have served while I did not.

The Grio’s Joy Reid Joins MSNBC’s Daily Line-Up with 2 PM Show

The Grio's Joy Reid Joins MSNBC's Daily Line-Up with 2 PM Show

The Grio’s Joy Reid Joins MSNBC’s Daily Line-Up with 2 PM Show (Credit: Twitter)

Joy Reid, who is the managing editor of The Grio, will get her own show on MSNBC, in the 2 p.m. time slot daily. MSNBC announced its February line-up in a press release on Monday. She is no stranger to MSNBC, having filled in as guest host for Ed Schultz, then-host Martin Bashir, and others. Congrats Joy Reid, we are very happy for you!

NEW YORK – January 27, 2014 – MSNBC’s new daytime programming schedule will debut on Monday, February 24. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

Starting Feb. 24, “News Nation” with Tamron Hall will move to 11 a.m. ET and “Andrea Mitchell Reports” will move to 12 p.m. ET.

“Tamron has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business. It strengthens us to have her hosting during our morning news block,” said Griffin. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to msnbc and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon. Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”

MSNBC is adding two new voices with Ronan Farrow at 1 p.m. and Joy Reid at 2 p.m.

“One of the highlights of this job is finding new talent,” said Griffin. “Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the afternoon.”

MSNBC DAYTIME SECHEDULE – as of Feb. 24:

9 AM – The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd

10 AM – Jansing and Co.

11 AM – NewsNation with Tamron Hall

NOON – Andrea Mitchell Reports

1 PM – Ronan Farrow hosts*

2PM – Joy Reid hosts *

3P – The Cycle

4P – NOW with Alex Wagner

*show names for 1p and 2p to come

MSNBC announced Ronan Farrow’s show development in October 2013 (http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/networks/msnbc/pressreleases?pr=contents/press-releases/2013/10/16/ronanfarrowjoin1454075.xml). Prior to joining MSNBC, Farrow was a foreign policy official in the first Obama administration. He founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues and reported to the Secretary of State as the United States’ first Special Adviser for Global Youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He also served for two years as a US diplomat focused on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A lawyer and a Rhodes Scholar, Farrow has written about human rights and foreign policy outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Joy Reid has been the managing editor of TheGrio.com and MSNBC contributor since July 2011. She’s also been a frequent substitute host on MSNBC during all dayparts. Reid is a political columnist for “The Miami Herald” and editor of the politics blog The Reid Report. Reid has worked in television and radio news since 1998 and her columns have appeared in a variety of outlets including Salon.com.

Gawker Releases Archives of Infamous Liberal Media Journolist

 

 

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Gawker releases the archives of the famous liberal media Journolist, hacked by Guccifer, controversy was stoked by Andrew Breitbart in 2009, cost Dave Weigel job at WaPo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Gawker on posted what it claims are archives from “Journolist,” which is the private listserv involving hundreds of journalists that was at the center of controversy stoked by the late Andrew Breitbart in 2009.

 

The hacker Guccifer has provided us with the copy of the Journolist archive. You can find it below. It appears to be the full archive, although there is no way for us to confirm that. (Update: It’s not the full, multi-year archives. Most of the content appears to be from the summer of 2010, right around the time that Journolist was becoming a public controversy.) It also appears to have been hacked from one of the Journolist members. As you can see, it is very long, and its formatting makes reading it somewhat difficult. Don’t blame us. This is simply a data dump— a public service, for those who may have been waiting breathlessly for the past four years to get at the raw material of what was once considered the very epicenter of the liberal Washington media cabal.

 

Here are the archives from Gawker.

 

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CNN’s Piers Morgan Beats MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in May Ratings

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CNN’s Piers Morgan Beats MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in May Ratings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MSNBC is in more trouble than they care to admit. When HLN beats them in ratings, you know someone over there should be seething. HLN’s nonstop coverage of the Jodi Arias trial gave them a rare ratings victory — topped MSNBC in total day and primetime. CNN posted its second consecutive month as a runner-up to Fox News Channel, with MSNBC in fourth place.  Piers Morgan also beat Rachel Maddow in her prime time slot. Um, I gave up on watching her show months ago.

The Hollywood Reporter:  The soft start for All In With Chris Hayes has not helped. Hayes, down 32 percent in total viewers fromThe Ed Show last May, has offered a poor lead-in for MSNBC’s primetime flagship The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 p.m.. The show delivered its lowest-rated month since it debuted in Sept. 2008 (717,000 total viewers) and its second-lowest with adults 25-54 (210,000). Maddow was topped by typical time slot victor Sean Hannity and, in a rare feat, CNN’s Piers Morgan.

HLN will see a significant drop in ratings when the Jodi Arias case is wrapped up, unless they go wall-to-wall with the Trayvon Martin murder case, which is racially polarizing. I wonder if Kenan Thompson’s SNL skits mocking Rev. Al Sharpton have taken root in the minds of some viewers yet? I guess Ed Schultz is starting to look attractive again to management at MSNBC.

 

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Rush Limbaugh: President Obama and Chris Christie Have “Master-Servant Relationship”

Rush Limbaugh Cartoon by Ian D. Marsden of mar...

Rush Limbaugh: President Obama and Chris Christie Have “Master-Servant Relationship” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush Limbaugh is attacking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for doing his job. I will continue to echo the sentiments of former GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole who said the RNC needs to hang a “closed for repairs” sign on its doors because the Republican Party is in total disarray. Limbaugh claims Obama-Christie have a “master-servant relationship.”  Unbelievable. This is the kind of lunacy that will keep a Democrat in the White House.

Rush Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday, “Obama has money. Governor Christie wants the money, Governor Christie needs the money, so the people will be helped.  So Christie praises Obama.”

“It’s a master-servant relationship. That’s exactly the kind of bipartisanship that the Drive-By Media wants. Master-servant. That’s ‘bipartisan.’ That’s what’s going on here. … Master-servant. Master-staff. Don’t take it any further than that, Snerdley. I’m not going on, going there. I’m just telling you. Obama’s got the money; Christie needs the money. Obama wants to walk the beach; that’s what we’re gonna do. Obama wants a photo-op; it’s what we’re gonna do.”

Never mind the fact that Chris Christie is an adult and doing the job he was elected to do. Gee, I wonder what kind of relationship he has with Cumulus? Just saying.

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Associated Press Ticked Off Justice Department Obtains Phone Records of Its Reporters & Editors

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Associated Press Ticked Off Justice Department Obtains Phone Records of Its Reporters & Editors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Justice Department ‘secretly’ obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press. Of course, the AP doesn’t like it, characterizing the move as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how it gathers the news. Matt Drudge tweeted “Talk had filled the halls of The Hill today that something big was coming.” I’ll take whatever he has to say with a grain of salt. He’s been wrong before. Many times. If the Associated Press got its hands on classified information, the Justice Department is absolutely within its rights to obtain the telephone records of journalists and editors to see who leaked the information. The problem I have with all this is why did their investigation have to be so far-reaching and encompass so many journalists? That’s a violation of the First Amendment right.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said. Source

The Obama administration has prosecuted leaks aggressively. A study last year by ProPublica showed it had brought six prosecutions under the World War I-era Espionage Act, twice as many as all previous administrations. Source

Ooooh, I guess Eric Holder is scared of the big bad wolf called the Associated Press. It was previously said in public testimony that a criminal investigation is being conducted into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. That news story included details of a CIA operation in Yemen that disrupted an al-Qaeda plot in 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane heading for the U.S. I don’t like the idea of Big Brother and Big Sister stepping all over our rights. The actions of the Justice Department sends a chilling message. I must say, President Obama is having a really bad week and it’s only Monday. Dang…..

Journalists Slamming DOJ for Wiretapping AP:

AP tweets:

 

 

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Could a Rush Limbaugh Shakeup Be on Horizon At Cumulus Media Over Sandra Fluke Comments?

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Could Rush Limbaugh Shakeup Be on Horizon As Cumulus Media’s Revenues Continue to Plunge? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grab a bowl of popcorn and pull up a chair, two news reports surfaced this weekend pointing to Rush Limbaugh’s deal with Cumulus in jeopardy, possibly leading to the biggest shakeup in talk radio history. We wrote about Rush Limbaugh causing the company’s revenues to plunge from fallout after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut.”

Rush Limbaugh insists it’s not his fault that ad revenue has dropped at his flagship WABC radio station — and if his boss keeps saying it is, Rush just may pack up his megadittoes and leave…

Lew Dickey, the CEO of WABC parent company Cumulus, has said Limbaugh’s controversial comments have diminished ad revenue for the past year — and the slump remains a “residual hangover” for the station.

The timing of the Cumulus-Limbaugh dogfight is damning:

Cumulus Media, which has a contract with Limbaugh through 2013, declined to comment for this report: “Cumulus owns the premier talk radio distribution platform in the United States and doesn’t comment on negotiations with talent under contract,” Davidson Goldin, a Cumulus spokesman, told POLITICO. Clear Channel, which distributes the Rush Limbaugh Program through its Premiere Radio division, also declined to comment.

The news of Limbaugh’s possible departure comes one day ahead of Cumulus’s Tuesday earnings call, at which Dickey Is once again likely to address the impact the Fluke controversy has had on advertising. The source close to the show described Dickey’s remarks about advertising revenue as unjustified, and said such “criticism” of Limbaugh had resulted in the consideration to leave the company.

Um, I don’t think too many people will feel much sorrow if this right wingnut is dropped by Cumulus. There comes a point when the company realizes that the backlash over Rush Limbaugh’s comments isn’t worth watching its bottomline disappear into thin air. If true, I can only say echo Miss Sofia from “The Color Purple,” who said, “I know’d there is a God. I know’d there is a God!”

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