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.