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Two Most Honest People In News? Peter Jennings and Roger Ailes - According to O'Reilly

Reported by Donna - August 8, 2005

Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith, he spoke about the passing of Peter Jennings. It was the person that he chose to interview that got my curiosity up. His guest was going to be Bill O'Reilly.

During the segment we learned that O'Reilly had once worked for Peter Jennings at ABC Worldwide News. O'Reilly started the conversation with saying that Peter Jennings was a pain in the butt, although he claimed he said that with affection.

O'Reilly went on to say that Jennings looked at things from a world view rather than an American view, like he, himself did. He said that Jennings' criticism of him (O'Reilly) was that O'Reilly oversimplified things, O'Reilly was too impestuous. He said Jennings wasn't an ideologue or a liberal, he just saw things in the gray area.

Smith interjected into the interview that Peter Jennings once said that O'Reilly was the only person who ever t'd him off. In fact, Smith liked the statement so much, he repeated it three times.

To complete the interview, O'Reilly said there are only two people in the news industry he has found to be honest and they were Peter Jennings and Roger Ailes.

Comment: I found the comparison to Roger Ailes somewhat lacking and improper in speaking about Peter Jennings' passing. Peter Jennings started his career as a teenager and worked his way up in the world of journalism. He was the face of ABC Worldwide News for 22 years.

Ailes worked as a Republican advisor and consultant to the Nixon and Reagan administrations and also worked on the first George Bush's presidential campaign. He was also a producer on the daytime Mike Douglas Show before he became the president of Fox News. Not exactly the same well earned news background that Jennings had.

As far as honest and Ailes being mentioned in the same sentence, I refer to my fellow newshound's posts, Ellen's and Melanie's on the Lies of Roger Ailes.

All in all, I think a better obituary could have been done on Peter Jennings and his news career. I mean, do we really care to hear about Ailes and O'Reilly on a report about Peter Jenning's death? We report you decide.

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