Many television news outlets touted a USA Today/Gallup poll putting President Bush's job approval rating at 44 percent as a success for Bush, asserting that his rating is "the highest it's been in a year." But four days earlier, the same news organizations ignored a Pew Research Center poll showing Bush's approval rating at 37 percent.
Bill O'Reilly selectively cited a New York Times article to suggest that government officials involved in the interrogation of Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah agree that Zubaydah provided critical information to the United States after the CIA used "harsh" interrogation techniques. But in that same Times article, other government officials challenged the efficacy of the interrogation techniques used on Zubaydah.
When a guest on The O'Reilly Factor questioned Bill O'Reilly's assertion that a hospital that treated a wounded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was "run by Uday Hussein," O'Reilly replied: "No, that's Stephen Hayes, and he stands behind his reporting, although he did make a mistake. ... He said that Zarqawi's leg was amputated, and it wasn't."
In his latest syndicated column arguing that "Americans" need to "wise up and see the" Iranian and "Islamic fascist threat" facing the United States, Bill O'Reilly made nearly identical arguments to those he presented in a March 2003 column advocating war against Iraq.
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Fox News' Bill O'Reilly dismissed the results of a Time magazine poll reporting that 53 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, stating that the poll is "not scientific, in my opinion." O'Reilly did not explain his reasons for doubting the scientific merit of the Time survey, although he previously touted an unscientific Internet poll to claim that "50 percent" of University of Oregon students "want to condemn" a student newspaper that published controversial cartoon images of Jesus.
On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly asserted that "the Bush administration is in a war not only with the terrorists, but also with the far left in this country."
Bill O'Reilly baselessly claimed that the federal judge who struck down the Bush administration's warrantless domestic wiretapping program "would oppose every anti-terror measure the Bush administration has put in just because they are the Bush administration." In fact, the judge made a ruling in the administration's favor, dismissing the claim that the National Security Agency's "data-mining practices" are unconstitutional.
On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly mocked Rep. Dennis Kucinich's proposal to increase funding for first responders, stating of Kucinich's four-point plan to increase national security: "Number three: Fund first responders in the U.S.A. That means after you're dead, have enough ambulances to carry your corpse to the funeral home."
On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly wondered whether children of legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico who are attending school in the United States "have any kind of traditional value system at all, vis-à-vis what America used to be," or whether they are "taking their Mexican values, because most of them are Mexicans, and, you know, basically setting up Acapulco North."
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In the wake of the recent thwarting of an alleged terrorist plot in Britain, numerous media outlets have posed the question of whether news of the event would benefit President Bush, often letting conservatives or Republican officials spin the news in favor of the administration. Many of the reports neglected to consider whether the news could actually hurt Bush politically.
Addressing "anti-Semitic stuff directed at [Sen.] Joe Lieberman," Bill O'Reilly stated that "the far left in America is dominated by haters, people who despise their own country," adding that "[t]he smear merchants are now all over the mainstream media and have spread like lice on the net."
On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly accused liberal columnists of consistently "labeling people" with whom they may disagree "bigots." By contrast, O'Reilly claimed, "we have researched right-wing columnists" and "[w]e didn't come up with anybody on the right who did" the same. In fact, O'Reilly himself has.