Despite his long history of attacking judges, newspapers, and elected officials he deems to be soft on child predators, Bill O'Reilly declined to discuss allegations of inaction on the part of House Republican leaders to learning months ago of emails allegedly sent by Rep. Mark Foley to an underage congressional page, instead attacking the Democratic leadership and the "San Francisco values" of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Bill O'Reilly claimed that "religious fundamentalists" have "no influence in the media at all" and stated: "I don't know of one religious fundamentalist in Congress, not one. I don't know one governor who's a religious fundamentalist." In fact, Republican politicians and conservative media figures -- including Sen. George F. Allen, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and right-wing pundit Ann Coulter -- attended the recent Values Voters Summit 2006, an event sponsored by numerous Christian-right interest groups.
During an interview with Democratic strategists James Carville and Paul Begala, Bill O'Reilly called Carville and Begala "stupid" "propagandists" and attacked Media Matters and the Center for American Progress as "[h]ired guns" who "are paid to smear people they disagree with." O'Reilly also defended Fox News' self-description as "fair and balanced" with a series of dubious or false claims.
Bill O'Reilly attacked Rosie O'Donnell for stating on September 22 that, despite O'Reilly's claims to the contrary, O'Reilly wasn't "that working class" while growing up because "[h]e went to the [high] school where all the rich Catholic kids went." O'Reilly called O'Donnell a "blithering fool" and announced that he would "tell her that to her face" during his upcoming appearance on ABC's The View, which O'Donnell co-hosts.
Bill O'Reilly's claim to be on an Al Qaeda "death list" has reportedly been disputed by an FBI official and a "correspondent" at Fox News.
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.