Lie to Me: Slandering Bill O’Reilly Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

The Cable Gamer isn’t sure how she found herself at a Fox-hating site this afternoon. Perhaps it was nostalgia for the days of The Cable Game 1.0, when exposing lies from the NewsHounds was a regular feature. But as soon as we dropped by we spotted this:

Bill O’Reilly Uses Bogus Quote To Attack Time Magazine Journalist

Don’t be shocked, but that headline is false. Whoops, we should have given a spoiler alert for that. But since the post is by NewsHound Priscilla, that really wouldn’t be much of a spoiler.

When somebody else says something that he feels is not accurate, he [O’Reilly] unleashes his patented fatwa, such as when he recently attacked a journalist for lying – an attack based on an O’Reilly lie!

The Cable Gamer will remind you you said that, Priscilla. John Anderson of Time described the movie version of Killing Jesus as a “critically eviscerated tv movie based on Bill O’Reilly’s novel.” O’Reilly took issue so naturally Priscilla had to take the other side:

The movie version of “Killing Jesus” did get some negative reaction.

So does just about every movie ever made. That doesn’t make it “critically eviscerated.” In fact, it was nominated for a best-movie Emmy! Aware of how lame that comeback was, Priscilla moved on to what she claimed is her main point, the O’Reilly “lie:”

The other bigger problem is that O’Reilly changed Anderson’s quote. Anderson did not use the word “novel” to describe “Killing Jesus.” He wrote, and I quote, “Killing Jesus, last year’s critically eviscerated TV movie based on Bill O’Reilly’s book, broke NatGeo viewership records.”

You expect this type of thing on biased right wing media, but isn’t Bill O’Reilly supposed to be a legit “no spin” journalist? If you’re going to be “fair & balanced,” be accurate.

A classy, sophisticated graphic is included to drive the point home:

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So why does The Cable Gamer say the NewsHound headline (“O’Reilly used a bogus quote”) is false? Because it is. O’Reilly’s quote was 100% accurate. It’s Priscilla who is not being truthful.

Guess what appears at the top of the article Priscilla quoted from? This:

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A correction! Why did Priscilla leave that out? Guess what appears at the bottom of the article?

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Did it, really? Why did Priscilla leave that out? Doesn’t this make two bold-type announcements above and below the article that Priscilla carefully avoided telling her readers about? But wait, let’s see how the article read before the correction—back when Bill O’Reilly spoke out about it. Thanks to the internet archive we have that information for you:

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So the correction that Priscilla hid from her readers was Time changing “novel” to “book”—exactly the issue raised by O’Reilly. A correction that just happens to prove the NewsHounds post to be a worthless falsehood. Remember how Priscilla called Bill’s complaint “an O’Reilly lie?” It wasn’t. The only person who actually told “an O’Reilly lie” is Priscilla herself. But that’s to be expected from a NewsHounds writer with a record of flagrant fabrications about Fox News.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the apology to Bill O’Reilly. Why do you think Top Dog Ellen Brodsky keeps Priscilla around after years of brazen dishonesty? Certainly not to say she’s sorry for doing her job: lying about Fox News.

hat-tip: @johnnydollar01

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2 comments

  1. Michael Bennett

    Do we know whether the NewsHounds article was posted before Time Magazine made the correction on March 16th? Given that the NH column is dated March 21st, I believe the answer is NH posted the column after the correction by Time.

    So for NH to claim, “A bigger problem is that O’Reilly changed Anderson’s quote” is clearly a black eye for NH and deserves a correction. A good catch by TCG.

    Although some might argue that whether it’s called a “book” or a “novel” is kind of a petty point for either NH or BOR to focus on.

    Was “critically eviscerated” biased hyperbole or were there examples to support this claim?

    Read the following and decide for yourself.

    • Charisma News said that it “watered down Christ’s life and teaching.”
    • Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 57% rating. (This is a composite rating from many critics.)
    • The Guardian’s headline read, “Bill O’Reilly’s film is touted as history. But facts aren’t sacred to him.”
    • The National Catholic Reporter’s headline read ” ‘Killing Jesus’ is remarkable but doesn’t give the whole picture.”
    • Christian fundamentalists had a big problem with it as noted by one site which described it as “just the latest example of a Hollywood “Christian” film that distorts the Bible, misrepresents the Christian faith and blasphemes the name of The Lord Jesus Christ.”

    TCG disagrees by stating, “In fact, it was nominated for a best-movie Emmy!” But haven’t many movies over the years received nominations even though they were panned by the critics?

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    • Sydney Bloom

      Eviscerated (literally “disemboweled”) is pretty dubious when most critics (57%) liked it. And I’m not sure a movie that truly was eviscerated by critics is likely to be nominated for the equivalent of a Best-Picture Oscar. Then again, basically repeating the same selectively chosen quotes cited by NewsHounds doesn’t really advance your argument. Their list is like the montages of coverage done by many sites to prove a predetermined point. One can easily do a montage showing the opposite (at least with Fox or CNN), just as one can easily do a list of quotes from critics that hasn’t been chosen to make the reviews look bad.

      Still I agree with the NewsHounds author that this is a secondary point, so I didn’t spend much time on it. And your point about O’Reilly being petty is a fair one. People are going to start thinking he’s got an ego or something.

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