O’Reilly Telling Lies About War Exploits

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According to reports, Fox News Presenter Bill O’Reilly has been telling fibs.
His Memoirs of the Falklands War portrays him as having been involved in the thick of the action.
In an interview with media watchdog Dylan Byers, he says he never was in The Falklands- repudiating himself and his earlier memoirs. He tries to divert Dylan Byers attention to his other exploits, inland in Buenos Aires.
Even these exploits in the Argentinian Capital are later disputed .

According to Adam Weinstein- Fortress America:

Since at least 2001, O’Reilly has bragged about “having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands war” in 1982. But Mother Jones editors David Corn and Daniel Schulman report that Bill’s claims aren’t supported by any facts, and are disputed by his ex-coworkers.

It started simply, with a one-line mention in a memoir that O’Reilly had worked “on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands.” But by the time the Boston Marathon bombing happened in 2013, he was regaling Fox viewers with visceral details of being in the shit:

I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete. And the army was chasing us. I had to make a decision. And I dragged him off, you know, but at the same time, I’m looking around and trying to do my job, but I figure I had to get this guy out of there because that was more important.
The problem with that account, Corn and Schulman say, is O’Reilly had just managed to get into Buenos Aires before the quick war between Argentina and Great Britain ended. That didn’t leave him much time to get downrange where the action was, across 1,200 miles of ocean. And it didn’t make much sense to O’Reilly’s CBS colleagues at the time…


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