||O'Reilly Scrubs Website & Podcast Of False Obama Claims
By: Steve - April 17, 2011 - 11:00am
How dishonest is Bill O'Reilly, very dishonest. And btw folks, before you read this, remember that O'Reilly said nothing is ever edited out of his show.
Here is the headline from an April 16th article on what O'Reilly did.
Social Security claim vanishes from O'Reilly podcast
Fox host said Obama's Connecticut social security number resulted from father living there
Since Bill O'Reilly erroneously claimed President Obama's Connecticut-issued Social Security number was likely the result of his father having "lived in Connecticut for several years," the cable news giant has scrubbed the audio of the statement from its website.
In his viewer email segment last Wednesday night, O'Reilly was asked this by viewer John Knox of Arlington: "What about Obama having a Connecticut Social Security number? He never lived there."
"His father lived in Connecticut for several years," O'Reilly answered, adding that "babies sometimes get numbers based on addresses provided by their parents."
Another letter from Fox viewer Ken McFadden of LaGrange, Ga., asked this: "O'Reilly, will you stake your professional reputation that Mr. Obama is constitutionally eligible to be president?"
"I will, Ken," answered O'Reilly.
A screenshot from the O'Reilly website where the viewer mail questions are listed, shows no mention of the viewer's letter asking O'Reilly why Obama is using a Connecticut-based Social Security number when he never lived there.
And those mail questions and answers did not appear on a Fox News website podcast of the episode purchased and downloaded either. In addition, a printed version of the question-and-answer exchange, above, on the other O'Reilly website, a separate site, also left out the key question about Connecticut.
The Fox audio podcast had O'Reilly doing the "Factor Mail" segment, starting with a question from Marion Rauch, Ocala., Fla.: "O'Reilly, well I am so glad you cleared up the myths surrounding President Obama. Come on, Bill, give us the facts, not opinion."
He responded, "Gave you the facts, Marion. Stand by all of 'em. If you have evidence to the contrary, please pass it along. You got the facts."
Following a "bump" in the audio, he then moves immediately into "Pinheads and Patriots."
The BirtherReport.com website, responding to complaints by Fox podcast customers that O'Reilly's Social Security claim, broadcast Wednesday on Fox, had gone missing from the audio archive, trumpeted the headline: "Busted: Fox News scrubbed Bill O'Reilly's 4/13 mailbag segment on Obama's Social Security number reserved for Connecticut applicants."
The site added, "Not only did Fox News scrub the podcast, they also left out the viewer email about Obama's Social Security number at O'Reilly's own website."
And another media source reported just a day earlier, in response to O'Reilly's claim that Obama had a Connecticut Social Security number because his father had lived there, that there is no evidence Barack Obama Sr., who left Hawaii in 1962 to study at Harvard in Massachusetts and then returned to his home country of Kenya, ever lived in Connecticut.
So O'Reilly reported it with no evidence to back up the claims, while telling e-mailers he reported the facts and he stands by them. Then he scrubbed it all from both his websites and his podcast, so there is no evidence of his screw up. After claiming he never edits anything, and never gets anything wrong.
He got it all wrong, then scrubbed it, and there was no correction, no apology to his viewers or Obama, nothing. Then he pretends it just never happened. And that's what he calls honest journalism, in O'Reillyworld when you screw up you just get rid of all the evidence, then pretend you never said it.
And remember this, O'Reilly said he has never had to do a correction in the 13 years his show has been on the air. But he makes mistakes all the time, he just never admits it, then he also scrubs the mistake off the website and the podcast to hide it.