Bill O'Reilly is a master of deflection -- of nonsensical, bat shit crazy deflection. This week, the Fox News host has had to work particularly hard as his past reporting stories come under scrutiny, specifically the claim that O'Reilly was at the door when George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald, killed himself in his Florida home in 1977.
Several of O'Reilly's colleagues at WFAA, the Dallas television station at which he was working, have come forward to dispute his claim. Byron Harris, a reporter at the station, said he had lifted the story from a newspaper: "I guarantee Channel 8 didn't send him to Florida to do that story because it was a newspaper story, it was broken by the Dallas Morning News."
On Tuesday, O'Reilly appeared on Fox News with John Stossel and, unsurprisingly, did not address the unfolding controversy. Instead, he claimed that Fox News was under attack because it speaks the truth too powerfully.
"The reason is fairly simple -- Fox gives voice to conservatives and traditional people far more than most national news agencies do," he said. (Also, I would like to know what a "traditional person" is.)
And reason why criticism of Fox News has grown so fervent recently? O'Reilly explained: "We are putting tremendous pressure on the Obama Administration to fight the terror savages."