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Mother Jones Sends Fox News Letter of Concern for Staff Safety After O’Reilly Said ‘Kill Zone’

Mother Jones put out a report last night about “inconsistencies” in Bill O’Reilly‘s war stories that O’Reilly adamantly denounced to Mediaite as “total bullshit.” But it’s another quote O’Reilly gave last night regarding Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn that spurred the magazine to send a concerned letter to Fox News.

In talking with TVNewser last night, O’Reilly said, “When they verify what I’m saying, because it’s easily verifiable, then I expect David Corn to be in the kill zone. Where he deserves to be.”

Well, Mother Jones was a little alarmed by that and, in a letter sent to Fox and published by Deadline, they said they’re concerned about Corn’s safety:

We welcome criticism, but calling for our reporter “to be in the kill zone” crosses a line. Like everyone in media today, we are concerned about the safety of our staff. We’d have hoped that statements with this kind of violent tone would not come from a fellow media professional.

They want O’Reilly to renounce and apologize for the remark.

UPDATE — 4:30 p.m. ET: “It’s simply a slang expression,” O’Reilly told Mediaite of the “kill zone” phrase.

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