Bill O'Reilly's latest fabrication? LA riot attack called into question

O'Reilly's former coworkers at Inside Edition claim O'Reilly may have provoked an attack

Published February 27, 2015 3:35PM (EST)

Bill O'Reilly                   (Fox News)
Bill O'Reilly (Fox News)

Bill O'Reilly, author of notoriously error-laden historical books and Fox News host, has had a number of his most dramatic stories called into question recently. The latest yarn to be questioned as fabrication is his account of being pummeled by bricks and rocks during the 1992 Los Angeles riot, which he was covering as part of Inside Edition.

On Thursday, the Guardian reported that six of O'Reilly's' former co-workers at Inside Edition question the facts of his story-- that O'Reilly wasn't attacked by rioters, but rather by a single man who attempted to destroy the crew's cameras.

The Guardian's Jon Swaine writes:

Two of the team said the man was angered specifically by O'Reilly behaving disrespectfully after arriving at the smoking remains of his neighbourhood in a limousine, whose driver at one point began polishing the vehicle. O'Reilly is said to have shouted at the man and asked him: "Don't you know who I am?"

A Fox News spokesperson responded to the latest accusation with a deflection: "Bill O'Reilly has already addressed several claims leveled against him. This is nothing more than an orchestrated campaign by far left advocates. Responding to the unproven accusation du jour has become an exercise in futility. Fox News maintains its staunch support of O'Reilly, who is no stranger to calculated onslaughts."

Watch O'Reilly's segment below.

By Joanna Rothkopf

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