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Bill O'Reilly (Piously) Rants About the "Deceptive Media"

Reported by Melanie - June 18, 2004 -

Bill O'Reilly opens today's show with his usual "Talking Points" segment. He says: "The Bush administration strikes back against the deceptive media!"

A box appears to the right (notably) of O'Reilly's head, which reads: "Americans who want a truthful media have a right to be angry."

O'Reilly proceeds to read an email saying that Bush mislead the nation in the run-up to attacking Iraq, to which O'Reilly says "That is nonsense!"

O'Reilly proceeds to cite a 10-7-02 CIA letter which "proves" it's nonsense. O'Reilly says the letter's on his website. I went to his website and found this tease:

FLASH: Read a copy of the letter from George Tenet as it appeared in the Congressional Record, as mentioned in tonight's Talking Points Memo. (Note: "CBW" stands for "chemical or biological weapons.")

at billoreilly.com. (Trying to access the CIA letter, posted on O'Reilly's website, (letter), I got a warning that my computer thought it was "suspicious." Proceeding, my computer said it was unable to read the text.)

Anyway, O'Reilly then said that prior to the war in Iraq, Russian President Putin gave President Bush "intel" that Saddam was preparing to attack the US, and that "was reported" by "the AP!" In deference to News Corp., which owns it, I went to the Washington Times' website and found the Associated Press (AP) article titled: Putin Says Russia Gave Intel on Iraq.

O'Reilly proceeded: "This is solid! It is fact. It's not opinion!"

Then, "We're independent here. I'm get'in tired, awful tired, of the far left...."

COMMENT: Countries exchange "intel" all the time, the preponderance of which proves to be worthless. Since President Putin opposed the war in Iraq up to the date of our invasion, even after passing on this alleged "intel" about an attack on the US, it seems reasonable to assume that Putin thought the "intel" was everyday, run of the mill "chatter," of the kind intercepted daily.