The controversy over Bill O’Reilly‘s war stories has slowly faded out of the news cycle, and that really annoys Bill Maher. He asked tonight why the media isn’t going after O’Reilly with the same “ferocity” they did to Brian Williams.
Maher went, point-by-point, through each of O’Reilly’s now-questioned claims––from his coverage of the Falklands war to his claims about witnessing certain events that his colleagues have disputed––and called him a “blatant, bald-assed liar.” He also said Fox has been silent on the controversy, though to be fair, Fox has issued a number of statements in O’Reilly’s defense over the past few weeks.
David Axelrod said it doesn’t have legs because “Bill O’Reilly isn’t a real journalist,” while Matt Taibbi said, “Bill O’Reilly being full of shit about something isn’t a news story.”
Maher wondered aloud how Fox would react if a liberal journalist said the kind of things and came under the kind of scrutiny O’Reilly did.
Watch the video below, via HBO:
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