O'Reilly's Lies My disection of Robert Koons' insipid essay will resume tomorrow. For now, enjoy this genial evisceration of the most relentlessly dishonest and obnoxious pundit on television:
Here's what I'm willing to do, right here, in my medium of newsprint. I'll serve up some O'Reilly untruths, courtesy of the media watchdog group Media Matters for America, and you disprove them - in your column, or on your radio or TV show, wherever the truth wants out.
I'm sure Media Matters will be watching.
Example 1: In an April 27 radio debate with a Canadian journalist, you threatened to lead a boycott of Canadian goods if Canada didn't deport two American military deserters, saying that a previous O'Reilly-led boycott of French goods cost that country billions in lost export business. You cited the Paris Business Review as your source for those losses.
In fact, Media Matters found no evidence that a Paris Business Review even exists, and France's export business with the U.S. actually increased during the run-up to the Iraq war.
Example 2: In discrediting philanthropist and John Kerry supporter George Soros, you distorted his account of his feelings about his father's death, deliberately misquoting him from a 1995 New Yorker article to make it appear that he had callous disregard for his father's life.
Example 3: On May 4, in announcing his acquisition of a cable TV channel, Al Gore said: "This is not going to be a liberal network or a Democratic network or a political network in any way, shape or form."
On “The O'Reilly Factor” that night, you said: “Al Gore has announced that he is starting up a new cable channel exclusively devoted to liberal stuff. We wish Mr. Gore good luck. And he'll need it.”
By the way, Bill, the Media Matters people tell me they've offered to go on your show to address these whoppers and others, but that so far, you've been hiding under your desk.