Feb
07
2013

EXCLUSIVE: Bill O'Reilly Does Not Have Access to the Internet

FireShot Screen Capture #336 - 'The O'Reilly Factor I Bill O'Reilly I Fox News' - www_foxnews_com_on-air_oreilly_index_html#_v_2147471195001_the-liberal-moral-dilemma-with-drones__playlist_idOn last night's O'Reilly Factor (2/6/13), the Fox News host, along with "liberal" guest Bob Beckel, did some media criticism, wondering why NBC–which is how O'Reilly tends to refer to both the broadcast network and its cable channel MSNBC–has failed to cover the new revelations about the White House drone program.

O'REILLY: Now, remember the outcry about waterboarding?
BECKEL: Sure.
O'REILLY: You know everybody jumping up and down.
BECKEL: Yes.
O'REILLY: NBC News, I thought they were going to like melt down over there. You have heard anything on NBC about the drones?
BECKEL: Not yet.
O'REILLY: No.

The conversation went on:

O'REILLY: All right, so you haven't heard anything over there about this and neither have I…. Neither has my staff.
BECKEL: OK.
O'REILLY: OK, so we haven't heard anything. But we heard a lot about waterboarding. But nothing about drone strikes. How do you process that?

"Why would they go crazy on waterboarding and they don't care about drones?" O'Reilly wondered–before answering his own question: "Because they are protecting the president."

Anyone with even a minimal understanding of the drone "white paper" knows the story was broken by Michael Isikoff–who is, umm, an NBC reporter. Its contents were discussed at some length on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show on February 4.  The story led the NBC Nightly News on February 5. The cable channel has continued to cover it.

The divergent reactions among the hosts and contributors at the liberal cable channel has been a subject of discussion, criticism and media coverage. It has struck some critics that the network has been softer on this than they would have been if it had been happening under a Republican administration. That seems like a fair observation, but it's very different from saying that they have not covered the story at all.

Anyone with a cable subscription or the Internet can find this out. If O'Reilly is being denied Internet access by his bosses at Fox, that should be a story. It's either that, or he has no idea what he's talking about.

 

UPDATE: O'Reilly responded last night (2/7/13) by complaining that his critics were wrong. Here's what he said:

And, finally, tonight, the Factor Tip of the Day, more deceit from the far-left. For 17 long years, these loons have been trying to marginalize me but they fail.

And even though their attempts are extremely tedious, they continue. They have nothing else to do. Now, last night, I talked with Bob Beckel about the difference in analyses on the subject of water-boarding as compared to killing people with drones, a policy President Obama embraces.

I put forth that over at NBC News and other media places, they were hysterical over waterboarding but muted over President Obama's drone attacks, at least until yesterday.

Immediately, the far-left machine cranked up, "O'Reilly didn't say that NBC News broke the drone memo story. He's a deceiver."

True, I didn't say NBC broke the memo story because we weren't talking about that. Waterboarding versus drone strikes. Well, once again, we have a propaganda campaign designed to make ignorant people on the left, even more ignorant.

 

Anyone with an understanding of the English language knows that O'Reilly is lying. What he said was that NBC wasn't covering the drone revelations:

O'REILLY: You have heard anything on NBC about the drones?
BECKEL: Not yet.
O'REILLY: No.

And they went on:

O'REILLY: All right, so you haven't heard anything over there about this and neither have I…. Neither has my staff.
BECKEL: OK.
O'REILLY: OK, so we haven't heard anything. But we heard a lot about waterboarding. But nothing about drone strikes.

Lucky for him he works for a news outlet where being horribly wrong, and then refusing to admit your mistake, is considering just another day at the office.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.