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O’Reilly May Have Fudged War Reporting

Is Bill O’Reilly the new Brian Williams? The Fox News host is being accused of making false claims similar to the ones that have (at least temporarily) cost Williams his job as NBC Nightly News anchor. O’Reilly has told stories about reporting on the Falklands War and experiencing combat in 1982. But Mother Jones’s David Corn reports that O’Reilly’s stories don’t jibe with the facts from the war. Moreover, O’Reilly was working for CBS News at the time, but multiple network executives say their reporters never made it to the war zone. “Nobody from CBS got to the Falklands,” Bob Schieffer, CBS News’s lead correspondent on the Falklands War, told Mother Jones. “For us, you were a thousand miles from where the fighting was. So we had some great meals.” O’Reilly told Politico that the Mother Jones report was a “piece of garbage.”