New York – Publishers Say They Stand By Fox’s Bill O’Reilly

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    FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, political commentator Bill O'Reilly attends the National Geographic Channel's "Killing Kennedy" world premiere screening reception at The Newseum, in Washington. O'Reilly, Fox News Channel's prime-time star, is accused of claiming he had reported in a combat zone for CBS News during the 1982 Falklands War when he was more than a thousand miles from the front. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Invision/AP, File)New York – Bill O’Reilly’s book publishers say they stand behind the Fox News Channel host’s work despite questions that have been raised about his reporting.

    O’Reilly’s series of books about the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ have sold millions of copies and been turned into successful movies for the National Geographic channel. The latest adaptation, “Killing Jesus,” is set to premiere on that network on Palm Sunday.

    The liberal watchdog Media Matters for America this week reported on a 2013 Web post that questioned O’Reilly’s claim that in 1977, he was outside the Florida home of George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, when he killed himself with a shotgun. De Mohrenschildt had been contacted by congressional investigators looking into the assassination.

    O’Reilly’s claim that he was there was in his book, “Killing Kennedy.” Media Matters quoted police reports, media accounts, former colleagues and other sources that dispute O’Reilly’s claim that he was there. At the time, O’Reilly was a reporter for a Dallas television station.

    Pat Eisemann, spokesperson for Henry Holt and Co., said Tuesday that “we fully stand behind Bill O’Reilly and his best-seller ‘Killing Kennedy’ and we’re very proud to count him as one of our most important authors.”

    Fox News issued a statement reiterating its “staunch support” for O’Reilly and said it would not respond to the individual accusations.

    Also this week, the publisher of O’Reilly’s best-selling “The O’Reilly Factor,” defended the book, which refers to his disputed coverage of the Falklands war. The magazine Mother Jones said that O’Reilly claimed to be in a “war zone” in Argentina when instead he was at a demonstration far from the front.

    David Drake, senior vice president and deputy publisher for the Crown Publishing Group, said that Crown would “continue to publish our author’s book just as he wrote it.”

    O’Reilly has faced questions on his books in the past. In 2011, one of the stores at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. — where Lincoln was assassinated — declined to sell “Killing Lincoln” because of historical errors. They included giving the wrong year the theater was destroyed by fire and referring to the Oval Office in the White House when it had not been built yet.

    Media Matters posted another story Tuesday questioning whether O’Reilly could really have witnessed events in El Salvador that he had claimed to see.

    O’Reilly was defended — sort of — by longtime nemesis Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Monday. Stewart has suggested the media should be spending more time looking at the actions of politicians than media figures like Brian Williams and O’Reilly. Stewart noted the irony of the reporting on O’Reilly’s past work at the same time his Fox show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” is sending a reporter to look at all the snow in Boston and question global warming.

    “Why don’t we just agree that a certain amount of anecdotes from our media figures are seasoned with (expletive) and let’s move on,” Stewart said.

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    5 COMMENTS

    1. The Florida incident, the Falklands, the nuns getting killed, and even the sexual harassment law suit against him are really nothing surprising. After all, O’Reilly always did have a predisposition for lying, which is becoming extremely evident even as I write these words. Of course, O’reilly’s blatant lies in which he glorifies himself, mean absolutely nothing to the alternate history channel of FAUX NEWS and to his loyal followers who don’t know any better. Yes, Media Matters for America certainly is out for O’Reilly. But, he does deserve it!

    2. Boy the liberals are grasping at straws, they need to go back all the ways to 1977?? Really?? How pathetic.

      At least the Brian Williams story was from this century.

      Amazing that they are so scared of the No Spin Zone.

    3. The bar set by viewers for honesty, is an indicator of the trust they have in their network. The speed Brian Williams from MSNBC, and Dan Rather from CBS had to resign, indicates that their viewers expected more from them.

      The apathy from the Fox News viewers, towards the accuracy of Bill O’reilly’s reporting, shows how much trust they have with their viewers. No one is shocked, no one asks questions, the hear lies all day, and it’s business as usual.

      • “The speed Brian Williams from MSNBC, and Dan Rather from CBS had to resign, indicates that their viewers expected more from them.”

        Yes, that is certainly true, but perhaps, another factor may be at play here. Both Williams and Rather had the good sense to resign (surely with some network pressure) out of the embarrassment of being caught in red handed lies. O’Reilly however, who suffers from the same psychological inability to apologize as did Richard Nixon, can only become more crude and ugly to his accusers, offering no reasonable defense for himself.

        “The apathy from the Fox News viewers, towards the accuracy of Bill O’reilly’s reporting, shows how much trust they have with their viewers.”

        Without question, when it comes to FAUX NEWS, the truth has never before been an essential factor, since the ignorant require no sense of reality and fact. Like a pack of starved wolves, O’Reilly’s listeners need only the red meat of intolerance and hatred thrown at them. On FAUX NEWS no one believes their lying eyes!

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