Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called a magazine story accusing him of falsely characterizing his experiences as a war correspondent “a bunch of garbage,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The story in Mother Jones magazine ran under the headline “Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem.”
The magazine piece says the Fox host “repeatedly described himself, in books and on-air commentary, as having been in ‘war zones’ during the 1982 Falklands war, even though no American journalist was on the island during the conflict between the British and the Argentines,” the Times reports
The Times quotes the Mother Jones story saying of O’Reilly: “He has often invoked this experience to emphasize that he understands war as only someone who has witnessed it could.”
The Mother Jones piece “went on to assert that O’Reilly’s account of the violent protests he described seeing on the streets of Buenos Aires after the Argentines surrender as being ‘at odds with news reports from the time,'” the Times adds.
O’Reilly denied that he made any claims about being on the Falkland Islands, according to the Times.
Said O’Reilly: “Everything I’ve said about my career is 100% accurate. I never said I was on the Falkland Islands — nobody was. I said I covered the Falklands war, which we all did from Argentina and Uruguay, and I was in both places. There was a combat situation when the Argentines surrendered and thousands of people stormed the president’s palace. The dictator [Leopoldo] Galtieri was trying to kill him. Argentine troops fired into the crowd. I was right in the middle of it.”