Skip to comments.O'Reilly Admits He Was Wrong
Posted on 01/28/2005 6:48:29 AM PST by Jay777
Bill O'Reilly named himself "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day" on last night's Factor.
"FOX News host Bill O'Reilly denied calling Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) a 'nut' and promised to play a clip on the air to verify his denial. In fact, he did indeed call Boxer a 'nut' on his January 19 radio program," Media Matters explained.
On the Jan. 25th Factor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist challenged O'Reilly's use of the words "idiot" and "nut" to describe people:
BROWN: You did it last week. You did it last week on -- with Barbara Boxer. You called her a "nut." You called the voters who voted for her "loony." Is that not true?
O'REILLY: That's not true. I mean, what I do is I say, "there are loony left-wing people" or "this is nuts," but I never say "She's a nut" or "This person is a loon."
Brown was right. On Jan. 19th, O'Reilly said the following about Boxer on his radio show: "this is a nut. All right? This is a nut we got in the Senate."
"Now I denied doing that, and I didn't on television. But on the radio -- uh oh -- I forgot that I indeed did apply that word to Senator Boxer, while analyzing her strategy, or lack thereof, to fight terrorism. So Brown was right and I was wrong," O'Reilly said.
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He should have added that, "However, I wasn't wrong about her being a nut!"
No stupid pictures!
Sometimes the truth slips out.
No matter what O'Reilly says Barbara Boxer is, of course, a NUT, an EXTREME NUT, a total NUTCASE, a FRUITCAKE, and so forth.
His use of that terminolgy was perfectly appropriate and accurate - but considering the fact that she is a liberal Democrat the adjectives are a redundancy.
This is an additive thing.
She is a nut, and so are here supporters.
Notice he didn't stand by what he said, he just admitted he had said it, sounded like a sheepish pseudo apology to me.
BOR is wishy washy, and disingenuious. He is much like, but slightly to the right of another Bill... Clinton.
Didn't he admit that what he didn't do, would have been wrong, had he done it, which he actually was caught doing, but still, his opinion, though it was inappropriate, is still valid?
Sounds like "no spin" to me.
O'Reilly annoys me at times but you have to admire that the guy had the class and courage to get up on national TV and admit that he'd dropped the ball.
He also should have added that Sylvester Brown is a worthless race baiter.
I think you just took the lead for tonight's segment of the Most Ridiculous Item of the Day.
This comment is absolutely laughable.
He gets points here. He admitted being in error (though the statement itself is accurate) and publicly corrected himself.
In my view ... Boxer is not a nut. I believe her to be a cold and calculating marxist elitist who is doing her part to end our republic and replace it with a communist / socialist regime that is headed by her and those like her.
:) Sorry about all the pics, I was just having fun! It is good to see a conservative at 18! I have three younger sisters and two are democrats! One was brainwashed by her trial lawyer husband, one I respect her position because she made her own mind up(even though I'm workin on her), and my youngest sister didn't vote and still doesn't care...she just turned 21. I like your about page. I'm turning 28 in February, and I didn't vote until this year. I held onto some liberal views for a while when I was young. I was very naive and stubborn in my hippy hopes for world peace.
She is a nut, and so are here supporters.
All the best nuts come from California, everyone knows that.
She's not a nut, she's a jackass(no disrespect to jackasses LOL) And unless we can figure out a way of getting rid of her, we're going to have to put up with her moronic views for six more years!!!
and btw NO PICTURES, PLEASE!!!
How many folks go on and say "I was wrong. I did, in fact, do (something) though I said I hadn't." Certainly not Dan Rather, or Kewpie Couric, or anyone at CNN, or MSNBC....
He definitely does need some respect for that! He did exactly what Dan Rather should do but is too coward. For that...he does deserve some props.
I've often remarked on the similarities myself: both are libs who make conservative noises to pretend to be what they are not. Both love to be the center of attention. Each one thinks he's the smartest person in any room. Oh, yeah, and they're both degenerate pervs.
I'd respect BO more if he'd have said something a bit more appropriate...maybe something like:
"Boxer is an idiot b!tch with her head up her ass".
Then again, I sometimes don't have much tact.
No different from the errata section in any newspaper or magazine. It was the proper thing to do, but not exactly a "Profile in Courage".
" If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26
What is there to apologize for SHE IS
Democrats call GOP names all the name
"This comment is absolutely laughable."
Ok, I was too easy. He's not to the right of Clinton.
O'Reilly is really insulting. Nuts should be very upset.
Wow! Now that is news!
so....the denial(memo)is fraudulant, but the label (story) is true? ;^)
I Corinthians 13 :)
My favorite O'reilly moment was when he read the letter from Jack Mehoffer
At this point given the state of ethics in the media I'm ready to appaud even minimum appropriate behavior of any part of the media.
Looks like Jim Trafacant's former Washington barber is getting some business.
a spade is a spade.....she is a crazy nut (with an agenda)
I actually watched this guy regularly until he became a weenie and was beaten into submission by his desire to be "loved" by being "more sensitive" and PC.
O'Reilly as well as Boxer are nuts.
I thought I would read here that he apologized to the Swift Boat Vets. That's the only apology or confession of wrong I would accept from the big mouth of O'Reilly.
I watched FNC from its inception in 1996 and later thought O'Reilly was a much needed counterpoint to liberal thugs and shakedown artists such as Jesse Jackson. I applauded and greatly admired O'Reilly for his uncovering of corruption in the 9-11 charities.
But his growing success seemed to change his tact sometime after 9-11. I began to have a distaste for his growing overbearing obnoxious ego. But the Swift Boat putdowns caused me to ban him from my eyes and ears.
I could care less he says about Boxer the nut. I want to hear him retract his comments about the Swift Boat Vets.
I just want to know if Babs Boxer is going to contest the Iraqi election too?
You could probably take that to the bank
Well, Barbara Boxer IS a nut. O'Reilley called it right the first time - he just forgot he had done so.
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I saw the original segment and the "apology."
Frankly, it is a classic example of oh'really being distracted into irrelevant egotistical drivel at the expense of the main issue. It's "all about bill," b'gosh.