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Bill O'Reilly Now Under Fire For Exaggerating 'War Zone' Stories

Bill O'Reilly is now coming under fire for making false claims about his coverage of the Falklands War in 1982.

Last week, O'Reilly defended NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams, who was suspended for six months without pay for exaggerating his experiences.

But now the host of Fox News' 'The O'Reilly Factor' finds himself putting out a similar fire.

This after 'Mother Jones' reporter David Corn detailed several instances when O'Reilly said that he had spent time in a "war zone" while covering the Falklands conflict as a reporter for CBS News. Except Corn notes that "nobody from CBS got to the Falklands" and they were instead thousands of miles away in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Corn cited clips when O'Reilly recalled that he had been "in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands" and said "if you were assigned to a war, you put on your resume you covered the Falklands, the Middle East, El Salvador, wherever it is where you were sent. This is what journalists do."

"There's an undeniable contradiction," Corn said. "Saying that if you're in D.C. covering a protest during the Vietnam War, you were in Vietnam."

O'Reilly is calling the report a "giant piece of defamation," "a lie," and a Corn a "disgusting piece of garbage."

"I never said I was in the Falkland islands ever. I said I covered the Falkland Islands War," he says. "And if that moron doesn't think it was a war zone in Buenos Aires, then he's even dumber than I think he is."

February 20, 2015 |

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