O'Reilly Denies Fox's History Of Slandering Obama On BenghaziNovember 2, 2012 10:31 PM EDT ››› EMILY ARROWOOD
On his Fox News show, Bill O'Reilly declared that no one "here" has ever called President Obama a murderer or liar over his handling of the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. But several Fox figures have accused Obama of purposely allowing Americans to die in Benghazi, and just last week, O'Reilly himself questioned a fellow Fox News host about having labeled the president a liar on Libya.
O'Reilly addressed the issue on his Friday show when guest Geraldo Rivera told him that President Obama deserves an apology for the way he's been treated in the press following the Benghazi attack. Rivera stated, "The president of the United States has been absolutely slandered over this story. He's been called a murderer and a liar." O'Reilly then interjected: "OK. But not by anybody here, and not by rational people."
In reality, Fox News hosts, contributors, and regular guests have suggested that the Obama administration made a political decision to let Americans die in Benghazi.
Furthermore, O'Reilly questioned fellow Fox host Jeanine Pirro last week about having labeled Obama a liar on her show.
On his October 25 show, O'Reilly aired a clip from Pirro's Fox show Justice with Judge Jeanine. In the clip, Pirro addresses President Obama on Libya: "You knew in real time from the men on the ground being savaged what was happening. You knew through video surveillance what was happening. You knew from a cable within 24 hours that the attack was by militants. So what's the punishment for lying? For incompetence? Has anyone been prosecuted?"
O'Reilly then welcomed Pirro to his program by highlighting her charge that Obama was lying about Libya. O'Reilly said, "So you just called the president of the United States a liar." Pirro responded: "I think that when you don't state the true facts that there are certain words that you can use and that's appropriate."