Fox News host Bill O'Reilly again falsely attributed President Bush's winning margin in the 2004 election to independent voters. In fact, self-identified independents voted for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) over Bush 49 percent to 48 percent. Exit polls indicate that Bush won because 93 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of Democrats voted for him, while Kerry received 89 percent of Democrats' and 6 percent of Republicans' votes.
From the May 6 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY:Lemme tell you why it's OK. Because right now you have two parties that aren't lookin' out for the folks, and they're not. The Republican Party and the Democratic Party are not lookin' out for the folks.
They're not lookin' out for you, [caller], because they understand that there's just a very few people that they have to reach. So, President Bush won the election by 3 million votes -- and they were independent votes, by the way, because all the Republicans voted for him. Democrats gonna vote for Kerry. So, those votes are already locked.
So, instead of lookin' out for you, [caller], and everybody else, they're tryin' to zero in on who of the three or five or ten million Americans who are undecided? We'll buy them. We'll go in and buy them.