[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn't "half as responsible as the men who forged the nation." He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other "distortions" by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O'Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don't withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.

O'Reilly has repeatedly told his audience that he was a war correspondent during the Falklands war and that he experienced combat during that 1982 conflict between England and Argentina. He has often invoked this experience to emphasize that he understands war as only someone who has witnessed it could. As he once put it, "I've been there. That's really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I've seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven't."

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[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

Several things to note:

The photograph of Eric Holder placed next to James Foley's execution. Also the inference about treating terrorism "only" as a crime.

Also: Fox News is still linking a story* that warrants a lot of skepticism. Meagan Kelly and Sean Hannity reported on their programs last night that officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket” in a struggle with unarmed teenager Michael Brown." Implying Officer Wilson was defending himself, and the use of force was justifiable.

This story has been met with significant skepticism, ironically on a right-wing website.

* This story is getting a lot of play on right wing websites (e.g. Drudge Report), and is also starting to get picked up by more mainstream news outlets on the Internet, lending it some "credibility."
[identity profile] tigron-x.livejournal.com

So Fox News cherry picks this guy, maybe even pays him, to put on a welfare exploitation bit. And this guy seems like he's using Fox News to promote his band. Why do people even watch news media at this point? The guy is so pale I don't even think he surfs.

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[identity profile] star-white.livejournal.com

Well as much as I would like to agree with the power of interest groups being out of control. Can we really expect Beck's new club of refounders to look at everything completely unbiased?


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