Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday unveiled CBS footage of the aftermath of the Falklands War to back up his reporting on the 1982 conflict.
O’Reilly has faced scrutiny since the far left news site Mother Jones published an article Thursday written by former Fox News employee David Corn that accused the “O’Reilly Factor” host of exaggerating his war coverage experience.
The article itself has since come under fire with critics questioning the motivations of both Mother Jones and Corn, whose contract wasn’t renewed with the station in 2008.
“As I reported accurately, the violence was horrific,” O’Reilly said to start Monday’s “O’Reilly Factor.” “Today, CBS News released the video.”
O’Reilly then played the footage of what appeared to be violent riots and civilians clashing with police in Buenos Aires after Argentina surrendered to the British to end the war over islands off the coast of Argentina that are claimed by both countries.
O’Reilly then turned to journalist Don Browne, a former Miami bureau chief for NBC News who was in charge of the network’s coverage of the war.
“It was a very intense situation where people got hurt and it was a very serious confrontation, and it was a defining moment, when the populace really turned on the military,” Browne said.
He backed up O’Reilly’s claim that Buenos Aires was a “war zone.”
“You say there were tanks in the streets, you mean the streets of Buenos Aires where we all were?” O’Reilly asked.
“Yeah, it was a real country at war. It wasn’t a joke,” Browne responded. “At first Buenos Aires was a pretty nice place to be if you were covering the war, but as it turned out it got progressively more intense”
O’Reiily then introduced reporter Joe Concha. Concha wrote an article Sunday that accused Corn and O’Reilly’s former CBS colleague Eric Enberg, who appeared on CNN Saturday to back up the Mother Jone’s story, of being “politically, personally, motivated.”
“So there you go, I want to stop this now. I hope we can stop it. I really do,” O’Reilly said to wrap the segment.
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