UPDATE - 1-27-09 - 9PM -- The Tuesday night factor is over, and O'Reilly did not put out a correction on the statement he made last night that every Illinois Governor who went to jail was a Democrat. Even when the Republican Illinois Governor George Ryan who served before Blagojevich is in prison right now serving six and a half years for corruption.
No wonder O'Reilly can claim he has never done a correction in the 13 years of the factor, because even when he is wrong, he just never admits it.
1-27-09 -- Yesterday on the radio factor O'Reilly had some right winger on from Illinois to talk about corruption in Illinois. The guy told Billy they were all democrats and of course he agreed.
Then last night O'Reilly talked about corruption and Rod Blagojevich during the tv show. O'Reilly said every Illinois Governor who went to jail was a Democrat. This is a flat out lie, and a total fraud by Bill O'Reilly. A simple google search will show it's a lie, yet O'Reilly repeated the lie a second time on the tv show.
Here are the facts: Since 1929 six Illinois Governors have been indicted or convicted of corruption, three were Republicans and two were Democrats. Blagojevich can not be counted yet because he is not in jail, has not been indicted, and has not been convicted. In fact, the one Illinois Governor who did go to jail recently was George H. Ryan, and he is a REPUBLICAN.
The most corrupt Governor of Illinois was George H. Ryan, he was the Republican Governor of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. Investigations into widespread corruption during his administration led to his retirement from politics in 2003 and federal corruption convictions in 2006. Ryan entered federal prison on November 7, 2007, to begin serving a sentence of six and a half years.
-- Ryan's political career was marred by a scandal; in the wake of numerous convictions of former aides, he chose not to run for reelection in 2002. The scandals are widely believed to have hurt Republicans chances for re-winning the Illinois governorship.How can you accidently miss the most corrupt Governor in Illinois history, who was a Republican, and the Governor from 1999 to 2003 before Blagojevich. In fact, the Ryan corruption is why Blagojevich won, I live in Illinois so I know all about it, yet O'Reilly said they were all Democrats, what say you Billy.
-- All told, seventy-nine former state officials, lobbyists, truck drivers and others have been since charged in the investigation, and at least 76 have been convicted. And it all happened while the Republican George Ryan was the Governor.
-- In March 2003, Scott Fawell, Ryan's former chief of staff and campaign manager, was also convicted along with Ryan's campaign fund on federal charges of racketeering and fraud.
-- Former deputy campaign manager Richard Juliano pled guilty to related charges and testified against Fawell at trial. The investigation finally reached the former governor, and in December 2003, Ryan and lobbyist Lawrence Warner were named in a 22-count federal indictment.
-- The charges included racketeering, bribery, extortion, money laundering and tax fraud. The investigation found that Ryan steered several state contracts to Warner and other friends; disbursed campaign funds to relatives and to pay personal expenses; and obstructed justice by attempting to end the state investigation of the license-for-bribes scandal.
-- Ryan was charged with lying to investigators and accepting cash, gifts and loans in return for his official actions as governor.
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