Amid Controversy, Bill O'Reilly Is Still Talking About His Time Covering The Falklands War
Amid controversy over whether he has repeatedly lied about his role as a reporter in Argentina during the Falklands War, Bill O'Reilly once again suggested that he was “down there” in a war zone in 1982.
On the February 19 edition of his show, during a discussion about the lack of networks news coverage of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) conflict, O'Reilly said that he had covered “minor wars like the Falklands ... I was down there in Argentina.”
The Fox host has come under fire after Washington bureau chief David Corn pointed out in a recent Mother Jones article that O'Reilly has said he reported from active war zones like the Falklands during his time with CBS News, when in fact no CBS News correspondents reported from the Falkland Islands at the time. O'Reilly lambasted the Mother Jones report, calling it “garbage” and Corn a “guttersnipe.”
Corn responded in an interview with Politico's Dylan Byers, explaining that O'Reilly has said (emphasis added):
“He said he was in the war zone during the Falkland Island conflicts -- the conflict was in the Falkland Islands, it was not in Buenos Aires,” Corn said. “He covered a protest after the war was over in Buenos Aires. I don't think that's a reasonable definiton of a combat situation. If you look up 'combat situation' in the dictionary, it's not 'an ugly protest'.”