In explaining why he believes "51 percent" of Americans "won't vote for" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly claimed that it's because "they don't know what she's going to do [once elected]," adding, "Bush did exactly what he said he was going to do." However, the Center for American Progress has previously noted several examples of what it has characterized as Bush's "serial flip-flopping."
During a conversation about the Bush administration's domestic spying program, Bill O'Reilly cited internal Republican polling data then denied that he personally received such information.
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.
In a conversation with Radio Factor host Bill O'Reilly about President Bush's secret authorization of warrantless domestic wiretapping, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew P. Napolitano asked: "Would you feel this way if Hillary [Clinton] were president?" Napolitano then added: "Because then you know the pro-life and the pro-gun will -- they'll be targets of warrantless searches. ... And maybe conservative commentators will be targets of warrantless searches."
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."
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.
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."
A "Best of The Radio Factor" special featured an October clip of host Bill O'Reilly calling George Soros "the big left-wing loon who's financing all these smear [web]sites," adding, "They ought to hang this Soros guy."