Skip to comments.The Fraud Factor: O'Reilly Slams Swift Boat Vets Kerry Ad
Posted on 08/06/2004 8:44:31 AM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
Last night, Fox News Commentator Bill OReilly launched a broadside on a new blistering Television Commercial produced by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth saying that sharply criticized Kerrys service in Vietnam. Literally, the first words out of his mouth were about the brutal attack ad and he introduced the segment about the ad that savagely attacked Kerry. He kept up his endless denunciation by saying that he promised to deliver the fairest election coverage and said he covered left wing slander and now this ad as if to say it is right wing slander.
Bill OReilly, if my recollection serves me correct, has taken a position a while back saying he wouldnt allow anyone or any information about Kerrys role as the leader of the radical pro-communist VVAW, his connection to Jane Fonda, his bogus Winter Soldier Investigation, his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971 or anything else to be aired on his program. Yet, Bill OReilly can have Douglas Brinkley, Kerrys authorized biographer, and author of Tour of Duty come on and paint a glowing portrait of Kerry. This is what he means by fair and balanced.
Of course he has allowed Democrats to come on his program and make their argument that President Bush went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard. The whole assertion that Bush was AWOL has been refuted, but the fact remains that he allowed such claims to be aired and when it come to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth OReilly was all style and no substance.
He said that facts are that John Kerry volunteered to serve in Vietnam and that he had a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. If he had paid attention to what the group was saying he would know that Kerry received the Bronze Star for killing a lone teenage VC and burning down a village. I recall in the Boston Globe that Kerry reportedly shot a wounded VC in the back. ONeil says in Unfit to Command that it was awarded two days after the incident, it wasnt vetted by review, and it was designed to boost morale.
Odell was on Hannity and Colmes explaining that Rasmussen wasnt pulled by Kerry from the water under fire, but that four people were in the water due to a boat hitting a mine and that his boat had picked up two of those people. Kerry had gotten the Bronze Star for this and Rasmussen has been following Kerry almost everywhere beating his drum.
Then there are the Purple Hearts. John Kerry was on a training mission and he fired either a mortar or a rocket at some rocks on shore and a piece of shrapnel ricocheted hitting him in the arm. The doctor pulls it out and puts a band aid on the Kennedy Family writes a letter and he gets a Purple Heart for a self-inflicted wound requiring a band aid. The he attacks a flotilla that was carrying rice I suppose that dangerous rice wounded him somehow second Purple Heart. The third wasnt related to enemy fire either.
So Bill OReilly needs to do his homework a little better before he talks about how awful it is with guest Dick Morris. One only wonders why he didnt allow the group to defend itself or the ad. Dick Morris, not surprisingly, says the ad is stupid and dangerous. OReilly continued his righteous indignation saying that he condemned the Left. What is awful or stupid about Veterans that served in Coastal Division 11 telling us the truth about Kerry and his service in Vietnam? It seems all we got from OReilly were these emotional attacks while Morris pondered the elusive connection between the group and the Republican Party.
He had the audacity to say that Rasmussen is unimpeachable, but I say to the contrary. Hes been out there on the campaign trail helping the Kerry Campaign sell Kerry as a war hero. Hes a willing political whore. Now we have accounts by Veterans, Kerrys fellow officers, which contradict the account given about Kerry saving his life. Why isnt that unimpeachable? Bill OReilly didnt do his homework.
Dick Morris held the contention that you dont attack Kerry on his strongest suit. Well, if what Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is saying is true then the centerpiece of Kerrys campaign becomes his weakest. My goodness, he has relied on this to inoculate himself against any criticism that he is weak on defense. I was outraged that he said no one is interested, because Im immensely interested. What I wasnt interested in was this circle jerk between OReilly and Morris trashing the Ad.
This ad will effect how people vote showing Kerry is a liar and that his service was dishonorable and he didnt earn those medals. Interestingly enough, Kerry said in a 1971 interview that he gave his medals back, but then he flip-flopped in 1984, 1988, 1996, 2003, and 2004 with evolving stories that he gave his ribbons back and those medals werent his and it is an issue instigated by the republicans. The 1971 footage blew him out of the water, but now he wants to highlight the medals he supposedly threw away or gave back.
I urge everyone to email Bill OReilly and fulfill his prediction that he would get tons of angry email from right wingers who think this sort of attack is okay.
O'Reilly is just another media whore.
O'Twitly made me so angry last night that I just turned it off. He was at his smarmiest.
Brent Bozell tried to warn Fox News Channel not to take its conservative audience for granted, but I suppose OReillys ratings are going to his head and hes starting to resemble to rest of the mainstream media.
Anyone who describes themselves as "pro-choice" is a scumbag - you just have to wait for them to show their true colors.
O'Reilly didn't make me wait long.
I'm through with O'Reilly. After covering for Teresa and now Lurch, he's Linda Ronstadt as far as I'm concerned. It only takes a few less viewers to make Hannity & Colmes the top rated cable news show. Let's go for it.
The more I hear about Bill O'Reilly, the more I'm GLAD I don't watch him!
Christ the moment you people hear something you dont agree with you immediately act like they are liberal or democrat or communist or the mainstream media or something....
He doesnt agree with the ADS. I dont happen to either!! Doesnt matter as I am still voting Republican!!! Get over yourselves and open up to other peoples ideas/opinions!!!
In the fourth paragraph I meant Silver Star Im still fuming over OReillys brutal attack.
I listened to O'Reilly once. That's 2 minutes of my life I'll never get back...
I started watching Fox in general, and OReilly specifically, immediately after 9/11. In the last year, year and a half, I can't stand to watch him. He is far from impartial, and his claim at being an independent stretches the truth at times.
Also check this video from Hannity and Colmes immeadiately afterwards.
Too bad I'm not still @ Fox, I could get the transcript. Anyone have it?
I'd like to help, but I don't watch O'Reilly. Old Bill is too often wrong and he continues to believe his own press. Meaning, he's full of it. I'm not trying to start a flame war but I really do wonder why Freepers continue to watch his show? O'Reilly is more irrelevant today than he's been in the past. He fails in drawing any really big conservative names in politics and he fails in his interviewing skills overall.
That's right. Who does he think constitutes his main audience anyway? If we go, so do his ratings.
So Bill OReilly needs to do his homework
I don't know who does his "research" for him, but it has been sloppy at best on several occasions.
I really respect Glenn Beck's show on the radio because if he chooses to talk about a subject the guy has delved into it and knows the subject.
O'Reilly's talking points are sooo subjective.
Just look at the Moore interview, he eggs him on for weeks to come on and then plays nice guy with one stupid issue from the whole entire choice of lies that Moore made in the movie.
I have noticed that they have been making a point of airing more Democrat-friendly programming lately.
I'm about with you on this one. I've really been fed up with Fox lately. I'm about ready to only watch the History Channel and the Discovery channel and get my news only from the Internet. Fox has been showing a trend of being very pro Kerry lately. They are about to loose their base viewers.
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