As questions continue to swirl around his reporting, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly painted himself and his network as the target of a conspiracy on Monday.
“If FNC did not exist, America’d be a far different place, and the far-left ideology would have a far easier time. But we do exist, and now dominate the primetime news cycle. Not good news for progressive politicians, the liberal media and crazed zealots on both sides,” he argued. “Therefore, meetings are held strategies devised, political assassins hired. Is there any doubt for whom they are gunning?”
O’Reilly singled out former presidential advisor David Axelrod for criticism, following Axelrod’s telling Bill Maher on Friday that “Fox News isn’t a real news organization. And Bill O’Reilly isn’t a real journalist.”
The Factor host accused Axelrod of acting hypocritically when he ripped the network not long after appearing on his show for an interview promoting his new book.
“That was a mistake,” O’Reilly warned. “Being two-faced? Not a legacy-builder, Dave. Perhaps he just made a verbal mistake. If so, we are ready to accept Mr. Axelrod’s apology.”
However, O’Reilly did not respond to Maher calling him “a blatant, bald-assed liar” that same night.
O’Reilly’s remarks came hours after Newsweek published a piece by investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein undermining his claim that he was nearby when a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald’s, George de Mohrenschildt, shot and killed himself inside his daughter’s home.
“How do I know? I was the actual — and only — reporter interviewing de Mohrenschildt on the last day of his life in 1977” Epstein wrote.
Instead of presenting evidence to contradict not only Epstein’s account, but reporting by Media Matters and MSNBC, O’Reilly said that his network and the Wall Street Journal editorial page are the only two national news agencies challenging “the progressive agenda with authority.”
“MSNBC and CNN are getting hammered economically by Fox News, so those agencies are hungry to participate in the attack process,” he said. “The failure of those operations to compete effectively against us has cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. Some who work for those channels are desperate, their own jobs now in jeopardy.”
Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.
Meghan McCain snaps at Sunny Hostin for daring to disagree with her about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Meghan McCain slammed President Donald Trump for hurling racist abuse at four Democratic congresswomen to heighten divisions in his rival party, and then framed the debate in the exact same way he has.
The conservative co-host on "The View" condemned the president's statements urging the four first-year lawmakers to return to their home countries as racist, and then complained that one of their chiefs of staff had accused moderate Democrats of turning a blind eye to racism.
"I think the politics of this is fascinating," McCain began. "We spent our entire week last week talking about how racist and xenophobic the original comments and the chants were, and I stand by that statement."
Rep. Rashida Tlaib defies Trump in NAACP speech: ‘I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president’
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defiantly insisted on Monday that she would be in Congress until President Donald Trump is impeached.
At the 2019 annual NAACP convention, the announcer noted that Tlaib is a member of the four congresswomen known as The Squad who have recently been told by Trump to "go back" home.
Tlaib began her remarks by alluding to the president's attack.
"I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president," she shouted.
Watch the video below from the NAACP.
Kellyanne Conway erupts after Fox hosts question Trump’s attacks on The Squad
Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday went off on an angry rant after Fox News hosts questioned the wisdom of President Donald Trump's latest attacks on four Democratic lawmakers known as "The Squad."
In particular, Conway was asked about Trump's tweet in which he said Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were incapable of loving the United States.
Conway responded by attacking the women for voting against funding for the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, which the lawmakers argued would just be giving the president money to further his campaign of abusing immigrants.