O'Reilly Caught In A Massive Lie About Jail Time
By: Steve - April 14, 2010 - 8:30am
Last night O'Reilly was caught in a massive lie, and this may be the biggest lie he has ever told. As soon as I heard him say it I was like, you have got to be kidding me, did he just say that. Yes he did, and my God is it a massive lie.
Senator Tom Coburn was on the Factor to talk about bias at Fox, and what he said to a lady who had her facts wrong. She asked Coburn if it was right that she could go to jail for not buying health insurance, and he told her she was misinformed from watching Fox News, and that you will not go to jail. So O'Reilly had Coburn on the Factor to set him straight, instead he lied his ass off right to Senator Coburns face.
O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: "We researched" and "nobody" on Fox "ever said you are going to jail if you don't buy health insurance."
WOW IS THAT A MASSIVE LIE. Not only has it been said about 50 times on Fox, guest on the Factor have said it right to O'Reilly. In my 10 years of monitoring O'Reilly, I believe this is the biggest lie he has ever told, and that's saying a lot. Just look at all the people on Fox who have said you would go to jail if you do not buy health insurance. The list is endless.
"You don't know anybody on Fox News -- because there hasn't been anyone -- that said people will go to jail if they don't buy mandatory insurance."
"We researched to find out if anybody had ever said you are going to jail if you don't buy health insurance. Nobody has ever said it. What it seems to me is you used Fox News as a whipping boy when we didn't qualify there ... you were wrong to do that, Senator, with all due respect."
Fox & Friends aired the following graphic on November 10, 2009:
Glenn Beck told O'Reilly himself that you "go to jail" for not having health insurance. From the November 13, 2009, edition of The O'Reilly Factor:
BECK: No, they wouldn't. No. I don't have universal health care.
On the November 12, 2009, edition of his Fox News show, Beck claimed that "if you don't get into their government health care, there will be jail time."
O'REILLY: No, let's get -- well, you will soon.
BECK: Or I'll go to jail.
O'REILLY: Are you going to be a conscientious objector to health care?
BECK: You know, this is the first time in history in our country where, just to be a citizen, just to be -- just to not go to jail, you have to buy something.
On the November 9, 2009, edition of Hannity, Dick Morris said this: "One of the provisions in the bill is you actually can go to jail for not having health insurance. It says if you don't have health insurance, you have to pay a fine of 2.5 percent of your income to the government. And if you don't, you face $250,000 or five years in prison. Can you imagine your prison yard? 'What are you in for?' 'Murder.' 'I'm in for rape.' 'I didn't have health insurance.'"
Sean Hannity then replied: "Well I don't mean to laugh, but, I mean, this is the reality." Then again, on the November 23, 2009, edition of Hannity, Morris asserted that among young people the question "has gone from 'Oh, yeah, we really need insurance' to 'What, am I going to go to jail if I don't have it?'"
During the November 10, 2009, edition of his Fox News program, Sean Hannity stated, "Dick Morris was on the program last night. Penalties for people who don't get government-mandated health insurance, uh, jail time, a possibility?"
During the November 10, 2009, edition of the Glenn Beck show Judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano claimed that under the House health care bill, the government could "even put you in jail" if you fail to purchase insurance.
NAPOLITANO: For the first time in American history, if this bill becomes law, the feds will force you to buy insurance you might not want or may not need or cannot afford. If you don't purchase what the government tells you to buy, if you don't do so when they tell you to do it, if you don't buy just what they say is right for you, the government may fine you, prosecute you, and even put you in jail.
Bill Hemmer perpetuated the debunked myth on the March 19 edition of America's Newsroom when he asked a guest: "Could people be going to jail for not owning health insurance?"
During the October 7, 2009, edition of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, she said this:
VAN SUSTEREN: I'm not suggesting that anyone should get into trouble with the law, but can you imagine anything so bizarre as to put, like -- let's say you can't afford insurance for whatever reason -- that, I mean, can you imagine the sheriff going out and running you in, throwing you in jail? I mean, it is theoretically possible under what you tell me.
So it's pretty clear O'Reilly was lying his ass off, the question is, will he do a correction and admit to the lie on the Wednesday night show, haha, yeah he will, when hell freezes over.
And btw, O'Reilly said his crack research team could not find anyone on Fox saying you will go to jail if you do not buy health care. Which means he was either lying about that too, or they are the worst research team in the history of journalism. Either way, you can not believe anything O'Reilly ever says again, because that is not just a regular lie, it's the biggest lie in the history of journalism.
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