On The O'Reilly Factor, Newsmax.com chief Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "voted to give Osama bin Laden the same rights that Americans have when it comes to intercepting his calls, even if he made calls within Pakistan, to Pakistan. They voted in August to not revise the FISA act." In fact, Obama and Clinton both voted for legislation sponsored by Sen. Carl Levin that would have amended FISA to allow warrantless wiretapping of foreign-to-foreign calls, regardless of whether they are transmitted through the United States.
Bill O'Reilly asserted that The New York Times is not "honest" because an article stated that "MSNBC is competitive with The [O'Reilly] Factor at 8 p.m.," claiming, "MSNBC had no overall ratings growth at 8 p.m. None. In the past five weeks, the Factor has beaten them by 225 percent in total audience and 100 percent in the key demo [the 25- to 54-year-old marketing demographic]." In fact, the article stated that MSNBC's Countdown has "[o]n some nights recently ... come tantalizingly close to surpassing" the Factor "among viewers ages 25 to 54" and noted that "[m]ost of the time, though, Mr. O'Reilly outdraws Mr. Olbermann by about 1.5 million viewers over all at the same hour, according to Nielsen Media Research."
A day after accusing CNN and MSNBC of ignoring the Medal of Honor ceremony for Lt. Michael Murphy during prime time, Bill O'Reilly once again blasted the two networks for their lack of coverage of the event, asserting, "It's just another example of anti-military media matters in the USA." However, although CNN and MSNBC did not report on the story during the 8-11 p.m. ET prime-time period, on the day the family received the honor, MSNBC reported on Murphy at least five times throughout the day, broadcasting the award ceremony live; and CNN covered the story on at least seven distinct occasions.
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Bill O'Reilly asserted that "some television news organizations ignored the Medal of Honor awarded to Lieutenant Michael Murphy"-- a Navy SEAL who was killed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan -- claiming that "CNN and MSNBC just said no to Lieutenant Michael Murphy" on their prime-time newscasts, finally concluding, "The hard truth is that MSNBC and CNN are not going to report stories that reflect well on the American military." In fact, though CNN and MSNBC did not cover the story during the 8-11 p.m. ET prime-time period, both provided extensive coverage of the Medal of Honor ceremony earlier in the day: MSNBC reported on Murphy at least five times, including carrying the award ceremony live, and CNN covered the Murphy story on at least seven distinct occasions.
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that "abolition of all anti-terror measures" is one of John Edwards's "major campaign themes." But in making that claim, O'Reilly ignored a recent speech in which Edwards called for "a comprehensive new counterterrorism policy that will be defined by two principles -- strength and cooperation" and suggested the creation of "a new multilateral organization called the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Treaty Organization."
A Los Angeles Times article about Ann Coulter's recent appearance on CNBC, in which she said "we" Christians "just want Jews to be perfected," reported that "Fox News did not rule out having her on as a guest again, but a network executive said if she came on she would be pressed about her statements." Nevertheless, during Coulter's appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, her first appearance on a Fox News prime-time show since the day on which she made the comments, O'Reilly told her, "I don't even care" about those comments.
On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly reported that Michael Devlin had "pleaded guilty today to kidnapping and sexually brutalizing two young boys in Missouri. One of them he had held captive for four years." O'Reilly later said, "I'm not going to name the boys, because the boys have been through enough." However, O'Reilly did not address the statement he made regarding the boy who was "held for four years," Shawn Hornbeck, on the January 15 edition of The O'Reilly Factor: "[T]here was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances."