O'Reilly Busted For 1st Time Story Retraction Lie
By: Steve - July 28, 2010 - 8:30am

On The Monday Tonight Show with Jay Leno, O'Reilly claimed that his apology to Shirley Sherrod was the "first time in 13 years" he had to apologize or retract a story. In fact, O'Reilly has apologized for or corrected a story that he got wrong quite a few times. It is rare, but he has done it a few times.

Here is a partial transcript:
LENO: Do you find there's less fact-checking? I remember, it wasn't that long ago, I --

O'REILLY: No, no.

LENO: -- the swimmer, Michael Phelps.

O'REILLY: Yeah.

LENO: I see this article, "Michael Phelps, $20,000 tax cheat," and they show his picture on the news. And I go, "I haven't heard anything about this." So we start writing --

O'REILLY: It's not so much fact-checking, it's just too much gossip.

LENO: Well, here's the thing. So we start writing jokes, and I go, you know, it doesn't sound right. And, three days later -- oh, wrong, some guy named Michael Phelps. It was the wrong guy. But it was on the Internet, it came up with a story --

O'REILLY: Right, right.

LENO: This happens all the time.

O'REILLY: It does, but it doesn't happen to me. This is the first time in 13 years -- it's true.

LENO: Is that the first time you've --

O'REILLY: Thirteen -- the first time in 13 years we've had to retract a story, and the problem was that it was all my fault. I couldn't blame anybody.

LENO: Right.

O'REILLY: I mean, I'm the writer of the show. I write the stuff. So I just didn't check it. I should have checked it. I will in the future.

LENO: Is that the first time you've apologized?

O'REILLY: Yeah, except for just being me.

LENO: Right, right.
Notice the part where O'Reilly said "This is the first time in 13 years -- it's true." After 13 years you see this -- in the transcript. That's a short pause where Leno and some of the audience laughed at what O'Reilly said, because Leno and most of the audience knew he was lying, so after the pause for the laughter O'Reilly said -- it's true.

Okay, so let's get to the facts. Here is why Leno and the audience were laughing at O'Reilly.

On the June 2009, broadcast of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly apologized for falsely claiming that "only Anderson Cooper on CNN covered the murder of Army Recruiter Pvt. William Long." Because three days earlier O'Reilly accused CNN of ignoring the story outside of Cooper's show, when in fact, six other CNN shows covered the story at least 15 times prior to O'Reilly's claim.
O'REILLY: We have a correction -- a rare correction on The Factor. Earlier this week, I said that only Anderson Cooper on CNN covered the murder of Private Long in Arkansas. Well, today, a snide and surly guy on CNN pointed out that the story was covered more extensively by that network, and that is true. I was wrong. My apologies to CNN. I was talking about primetime, but I did not say that. So, I was wrong. As they say in third grade, "My bad."
On the June 26th, 2006 O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly apologized for "picking up" a quote from a South Florida Sun-Sentinel article which incorrectly reported that Rep. John Murtha had claimed the "American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran."

O'Reilly cited the Sun-Sentinel report to allege that Murtha's "kind of extreme thinking, based on little evidence, by the way, is putting all Americans in danger." After the Sun-Sentinel published its correction, O'Reilly stated on June 29th that "the newspaper has apologized, and since we picked up the paper's quote, we should apologize, as well," adding: "I should have checked it out myself and called Murtha's office. Next time, we will do that."

During the February 19th, 2008 Factor radio show, O'Reilly discussed Michelle Obama's assertion that "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country."

O'Reilly then said this: "I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels -- that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever -- then that's legit. We'll track it down."

Then on the February 21st, 2008, O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly apologized for his use of the phrase "lynching party," saying, "I'm sorry if my statement offended anybody. That, of course, was not the intention. Context is everything."

So as you can see he has done a few retractions, and you now know why Leno was laughing at him when he said he has only had to do one retraction in 13 years. Not to mention the other 10,000 retractions he should have made, but did not do, because 99.9% of the time he will not admit he got anything wrong.





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