Bill O’Reilly is facing accusations that he lied about being ‘in combat’ in South America – but hits back at ‘politically-motivated smear job’ and stands by every word.
One week after Brian Williams was unceremoniously kicked off the air by NBC for lying about his time in Iraq, combative Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is facing allegations he lied about his own wartime experiences.
According to left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, 65-year-old O’Reilly exaggerated his coverage of the Falklands War and the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s.
While NBC at first tried to downplay Williams’ false report, O’Reilly took the opposite stance Thursday, vigorously defending his reporting in an interview with Daily Mail Online, in which he called the Mother Jones article a ‘hit piece’ written by a reporter with a grudge.
‘The report is a politically motivated smear job by a guy who has a long history of doing this. All you have to do is Google David Corn, Fox News, Bill O’Reilly to see that he does this on a regular basis,’ O’Reilly said.
‘He does this because he’s a far-left zealot, he doesn’t like the operation, so he sees an opportunity to try to tie me to Brian Williams and he takes it.’
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