And while I'm contributing the character assassination of Bill O'Reilly (see below) - someone who's credibility does need to be assassinated - let me offer a couple more facts, very useful for talking to regular folks out there.
in a recent, rigorously documented poll conducted by The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), it was revealed that:
of the 80% of people who said they get their news primarily from broadcast media (TV\Radio), 18% get their news solely from FOX - the highest single source percentage (NPR\PBS was 3% of that same group)
Checking for misperceptions about the Iraq invasion, 80% of Fox listeners believe at least one of the following falsehoods:
a) WMD have been found in Iraq
b) the US has found demonstrable evidence linking Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaida
c) Most of the world backed the US invasion of Iraq
23% of NPR\PBS listeners believe at least one of the falsehoods
Even better, 45% of FOXwatchers believe all three, compared with 4% NPR listeners.
There was no mention of KBOO listeners, but I bet it's even smaller.
Speaking of uninformed, on to Bill O'Reilly. FAIR documents yet another utterly false statement recently made in defense of the Governator.
Also, check out the Terri Gross's interview with him a couple of days ago, where he walks out like a petulant child. Of course, she could have asked him about his book, but...
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From: "FAIR" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: O'Reilly Smears LA Times on Sex Abuse Story
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 11:20:07 -0700
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Media analysis, critiques and activism
O'Reilly Smears L.A. Times on Sex Abuse Story
October 10, 2003
In his continuing criticism of the Los Angeles Times for printing stories
about Arnold Schwarzenegger's alleged record of groping and sexual
assault, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly (10/8/03) pointed to what he saw as a
double standard: "Do you think the L.A. Times sent a squad of reporters to
Arkansas to investigate Bill Clinton's problems with women? No, it did
In fact, the L.A. Times did investigate Clinton sex stories in Arkansas.
A 4,000-word piece appeared on the paper's front page on December 21,
1993, running under the headline "Troopers Say Clinton Sought Silence on
Personal Affairs." This article was one of the first to report on the
scandal known as "Troopergate," which led to Paula Jones' lawsuit against
Clinton and thus indirectly to Clinton's impeachment.
Later on in the same broadcast, O'Reilly charged that the L.A. Times
"didn't send a squad of reporters to go down there and interview Kathleen
Willey and all of the other people. They did not do it." The paper could
not have interviewed Willey "down there"; she was a White House volunteer
who accused Clinton of sexual misconduct at the White House. She came
forward to tell her story in 1998, and her case had nothing to do with
Arkansas. Her allegations were featured in a front-page L.A. Times story
on March 16, 1998.
It's not unusual for O'Reilly to slam the L.A. Times, a paper he often
criticizes for being too left-wing (once calling it, for example, the
"pro-Palestinian newspaper of record out there in L.A."-- 2/21/03). Such
attacks helped Schwarzenegger supporters dismiss detailed and consistent
accounts from women who said that they had been abused by the film star as
mere partisan mudslinging.
ACTION: Contact the O'Reilly Factor and ask them to issue a correction
about the host's erroneous charge that the Los Angeles Times failed to
investigate Clinton's "problems with women" in Arkansas.
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