Fox News finally stops pretending the Bill O'Reilly scandal is a liberal conspiracy

O'Reilly has been accused of fabricating a number of stories from his early days as a reporter

Published March 2, 2015 9:00PM (EST)

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

Bill O'Reilly has come under fire for allegedly fabricating a number of stories regarding his reporting in the Falklands War, El Salvador and Florida, surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Recently, O'Reilly has also made up a story about a trip to Northern Ireland in 1984, during which time he said he witnessed terrorists bomb Irish citizens. As the controversy was unfolding, Fox News was steadfast in its support of the news anchor, saying that the allegations were "nothing more than an orchestrated champaign."

Now, the network has been forced to reckon with growing evidence that O'Reilly was actually making a lot up. Of the Northern Ireland story, a Fox News spokesperson acknowledged that O'Reilly had not witnessed any bombings -- but instead, was shown photographs of the incident.

Meanwhile, the news outlet Mother Jones has obtained the CBS News report O'Reilly filed when reporting from Buenos Aires at the end of the the Falklands War, during which time he claimed to have been in the midst of a "war zone." He has also said that a soldier pointed his gun at O'Reilly and his crew, and that they were chased away. The footage refers to none of the aforementioned drama.

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