Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told colleague John Stossel on Tuesday that the recent criticism directed at him was not only based on professional jealousy, but political maneuvering.
“We are putting tremendous pressure on the Obama administration to fight the terror savages,” O’Reilly said. “And with Hillary Clinton coming up in 2016, [if the] network wasn’t around, what would happen?”
O’Reilly invited Stossel onto his show amid new allegations questioning his reporting. Media Matters reported earlier in the day that former colleagues of his at WFAA-TV in Dallas have slammed him for claiming to be at the door when George de Mohrenschildt, a Russian immigrant and friend of Lee Harvey Oswald, killed himself in 1977 inside his Florida home.
O’Reilly stated in his book covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that he was at de Mohrenschildt’s home to interview him on March 29, 1977 — the day de Mohrenschildt had been contacted by the House Select Committee on Assassinations — when de Mohrenschildt killed himself.
“He stole that article out of the newspaper,” reporter Byron Harris, who worked for WFAA for 40 years, told Media Matters. “I guarantee Channel 8 didn’t send him to Florida to do that story because it was a newspaper story, it was broken by the Dallas Morning News.”
O’Reilly did not directly address these new allegations on Tuesday, marking a change in tone from his aggressive defense of his reporting in Argentina following the end of the Falklands War. Instead, he painted Fox as the target of an ideological attack.
“The reason is fairly simple — Fox gives voice to conservatives and traditional people much more than most national news agencies do,” he said. “On a personal note, I’m pretty tired of all the garbage. I think I can say, with certainty, that many of my colleagues here at FNC are, as well.”
Stossel, who worked with O’Reilly at ABC News, said officials there enjoyed his work until he published his first book, in which he identified himself publicly as a libertarian.
“We have broken the code — ‘civilized people can’t think that way. There have to be tougher gun laws. There must be abortion on demand. There must be a big welfare state,'” Stossel argued. “Civilized person don’t think that way. If you do, you’re a cretin and we’re gonna get you.'”
Watch the interview, as posted by Media Matters on Tuesday, below.
MSNBC host says Trump just openly embraced racists: ‘This actually feels different to me’
On Monday, President Donald Trump went on an unhinged rant against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
In an often rambling question session with reporters, Trump repeatedly told the two Congresswomen to leave America (both are U.S. citizens) if they're so critical of the U.S. and Israel.
MSNBC host Ali Velshi observed that Trump had truly crossed the line and directly appealed to the sentiments of white nationalists.
MSNBC's @AliVelshi: This time "actually feels different to me. This feels like the president really owning the idea that he's saying things that are attractive to white nationalists and racists." pic.twitter.com/vtK1T3GHuU
Fox News’ John Roberts tells Trump to his face: ‘White nationalists are finding common cause with you’
Fox News reporter John Roberts asked President Donald Trump to his face whether he cared that white nationalists agreed with his views on race.
The president provoked widespread outrage by calling on four Democratic congresswomen -- all women of color -- to leave the country because they disagreed with his policies, and Trump insisted his tweets were not racist while continuing to lob bigoted attacks at them.
"Mr. President," Roberts asked during an impromptu Monday news conference, "does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist, and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?"
Trump goes nuts after speech — calls Pelosi ‘very racist’ and claims Ilhan Omar loves al Qaeda
On Monday, President Donald Trump doubled down on racist comments deriding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Trump repeated comments that if they're not happy with America, they should leave. Both woman are U.S. citizens.
“They’re very unhappy. I’m watching them. All they do is complain. So all I’m saying is, if they want to leave, they can leave,” Trump said.
He also wrongly claimed that Omar had made comments praising Al-Qaeda and he stated, wrongly, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is racist.
A reporter asked Trump about Pelosi’s comment, in which she said Trump wanted to “make America white again. “