Bill O'Reilly Lied About Calling For The Pepsi Boycott
He (Bill O'Reilly) says "I'm calling for all responsible americans to fight back and punish pepsi for using a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor and our society. Then he says, "I'm calling for all americans to say, hey, pepsi, i'm not drinking your stuff.
Call me crazy, but that sounds like calling for a boycott to me.
Here is exactly what O'Reilly said, right from the transcript of his show.
OREILLY: Well, look, just because you think it's in the bottle is off doesn't mean i have to accept it as an american consumer so I'm calling for all responsible americans to fight back and punish pepsi for using a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor and our society. I'm calling for all americans to say, hey, pepsi, i'm not drinking your stuff. You want to hang around with Ludacris, you do that, I'm not hanging around with you. Am I wrong to do that?
OREILLY: I don't want Ludacris to be banned. I'm not talking about that. Let Ludacris be Ludacris, all right? Thank you. Let him do what he wants. He's a dumb idiot who's got lucky and exploits the system that we have. Fine. Pepsi cola is my problem. Pepsi cola is my problem here.
The lie: Bill told an e-mailer that he did not call for a pepsi boycott, because he never used the word boycott. Here is the e-mail and the reply from O'Reilly, right from the transcript.
E-Mail: Lise Rousseau, Lafayette, Colorado, "Mr. O'Reilly, imagine my confusion as I watched you criticize the protester for organizing the Limbaugh boycott. Last August, I heard you tacitly call for a boycott against Pepsi for hiring Ludacris. There is a lack of consistency in your rhetoric."
OREILLY: No, there isn't, Ms. Rousseau. First of all -- Ms. Rousseau. First of all, I never do anything tacitly. I do things directly. I simply said I wasn't going to drink Pepsi while that guy was on their payroll. No boycott was ever mentioned by me.
Here is even more proof O'Reilly called for a boycott of pepsi. His own news network (FOX) even has a story on their web site stating that Bill called for a pepsi boycott. Then if you do a Goggle search, it brings up numerous hits with articles from different sources, stating that O'Reilly called for a pepsi boycott.
To claim you did not call for a boycott because you, never actually used the word "boycott" is in Bill's own words, spin. He said he is going to stop drinking pepsi, and he urged his viewers to stop drinking it too. No matter how you spin it, that's calling for a fricking boycott.
Here are just a few examples of those articles:
First the FOX news story -
Headline: Pepsi Cans Ludacris After O'Reilly Broadcast
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2002
Pepsi-Cola of North America said Wednesday that it was yanking its 30-second television spot featuring rapper Ludacris off the air -- just a day after Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Channel's host of The O'Reilly Factor, assailed Pepsi as "immoral" for using the controversial rapper and urged his viewers to boycott the beverage company.
I wonder if Mr. all-spin knows his own news network also says he called for a pepsi boycott. The above story is still on the FOX web site, I just checked it and they have not removed it, yet, lol.
Here are just a few other sources, that say, o'reilly called for a pepsi boycott. One of those sources is even www.boycottwatch.org, I am guessing, that if a web site called boycottwatch has your boycott listed, then you did indeed call for a boycott.
Bill O'Reilly Launches Pepsi Boycott
UPDATE August 28, 2002 - Pepsi canceled plans to feature rapper Ludacris as spokesperson after Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly declares a boycott. - Boycott worked in less than 24 hours.
According to The O'Reilly Factor, Pepsi was inundated with thousands of phone calls from irate Factor viewers regarding the Ludacris ads. As a result, Pepsi announced they would not air the ads.
BW Comment: Boycotts work.
O'Reilly Calls For Pepsi Boycott Over Ludacris Commercial
Bill O'Reilly went off on Pepsi and Ludacris to open Tuesday's 'O'Reilly Factor' on Fox News. Bill called for a boycott of Pepsi after word that the soft drink company would be featuring commercials using Ludacris.
Bad rap forces Pepsi to drop Ludacris
Earlier this week Bill O'Reilly, host of the programme The O'Reilly Factor on the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel, urged viewers to boycott Pepsi over its use of the rapper.
"I'm calling for all responsible Americans to fight back and punish Pepsi for using a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse, and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor in our society," he said.
Pepsi drops Ludacris after O'Reilly-sparked protest -- The soft-drink maker scraps ads with the rapper after one day of angry calls from Fox News viewers riled by his antisocial lyrics
He called for a boycott and said he was switching to Dr. Pepper. (Asked on the show if there was any R&B or hip-hop figure he could support as a Pepsi pitchman, O'Reilly said, ''Chubby Checker.'')
Ludacris' Mom Responds To Pepsi Dumping Son
The decision to pull the ads came a day after Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," bashed Pepsi as "immoral" for using Ludacris to promote the soft drink and urged viewers to boycott Pepsi.
What say you, Bill ?