On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that Democrats took campaign contributions from former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. When a caller noted his false claim, O'Reilly stated: "So you are a Kool-Aid drinker who is blinded by whatever neurosis you have, because that's just insane." As Media Matters for America has documented, only Republicans received direct contributions from Abramoff.
Several television and radio commentators have either hosted debates or openly questioned what they claim are the insidiously progressive goals of the award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, yet many of the same commentators openly admit they have not seen it.
Bill O'Reilly marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by saying that "I don't think Dr. King would be disappointed ... because our system of government and economy gives more people the chance to pursue happiness in a meaningful way than any other system in the world." He added, "I'm the poster boy for that."
Bill O'Reilly once again resurrected his misleading claim that a Wisconsin elementary school "sang a whole different lyric to 'Silent Night,' " erroneously attributing the school's changed lyrics to political correctness. In fact, the new lyrics were merely part of a 1988 Christmas play called The Little Tree's Christmas Gift.
Bill O'Reilly declared on his radio show that "it's a matter of time before the United States of America and Great Britain will have to bomb the country of Iran."
MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann gave Bill O'Reilly a bronze during the show's "Worst Person in the World" segment because of O'Reilly's remark that "if Joseph Stalin was still alive today, he'd be the UNICEF spokesperson."
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that country music trio the Dixie Chicks "have not recovered to this day" from a controversy surrounding remarks critical of President Bush during one of the group's concerts. In fact, in the months following the controversy, the band embarked on the top-grossing country tour of the year and has continued to enjoy strong commercial success.
On the January 9 edition of his radio show, Bill O'Reilly said: "[I]f Joseph Stalin was still alive, he'd be the UNICEF spokesperson."
Bill O'Reilly claimed he was not "vilifying" anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, just stating the "fact" that Sheehan was being "run by far-left elements who are using her, and she's dumb enough to allow it to happen."
Bill O'Reilly mischaracterized a wager he proposed to Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter during Alter's December 21 appearance on O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio show.
Bill O'Reilly once again repeated his argument that same-sex marriage will lead to interspecies marriage.
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On January 3, Bill O'Reilly warned that "far-left smear websites" are "recording every word I say," and, as a result, "we have to record every word I say, because I know they'll distort, they'll lie, they'll take it out of context." He then added: "Of course, I'm gonna make mistakes," but said that: "If we make a mistake, we tell you."
Bill O'Reilly declared his threat to "get into" the "lives" of The New York Times' Frank Rich and Bill Keller a "fatwa."
On CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, Bill O'Reilly resurrected his false claim that a Wisconsin elementary school banned the singing of the Christmas hymn "Silent Night," erroneously attributing the school's changed lyrics to political correctness. In fact, the new lyrics were merely part of a 1988 Christmas play called The Little Tree's Christmas Gift. Later in the interview, Letterman admonished O'Reilly, asserting, "I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap."
Keith Olbermann once again bestowed a "Worst Person" award upon Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, this time because O'Reilly threatened to "get into" the "lives" of The New York Times' Frank Rich and Bill Keller.