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O'Reilly's latest attempt to smear NBC fails

Reported by Chrish - June 5, 2007 -

On the Factor tonight 6/5/07 Bill O'Reilly's top story was a million-dollar lawsuit filed by former NBC employee Marcia Bartel, who claims she was wrongfully terminated because of objections she had to NBC/Dateline's journalistic ethics in partnering with PervertedJustice.org, an on-line vigilante group that sets up stings. O'Reilly is of course always on the lookout for stories unflattering to news media organizations that don't conform to his narrow parameters.

Xavier Von Erck, founder of PervertedJustice.org, was the sole guest. He acknowledged that his group is paid by NBC News to set up the stings (which are recorded for the TV show "To Catch a Predator"), and O'Reilly said his information is that they are paid $75,000 per sting. Last year they operated eight for Dateline, and seven independent, which translates to "serious dough" to rich guy O'Reilly.

O'Reilly seemed to be trying to make Bartel's case, arguing with Von Erck that NBC is ethically required to supervise him, and they don't. Von Erck insisted there was supervision, and when O'Reilly said that Bartel said there wasn't, Von Erck, said well, she's a liar. O'Reilly brought up a sting in Texas that netted 23 men, and the prosecutor there, Greg Davis, is throwing them all out. Von Erck said there's no need for him to do that, and he could have appeared on this show and defended his action but instead made snide comments on-line all day. O'Reilly conceded that was a valid point, and Davis should have followed through.

O'Reilly reiterated that he didn't have any problem with the stings that Perverted Justice operates, he thinks they are a necessary tool in the fight to keep kids safe from molesters, lauded Von Erck for coming on the show, and repeated that "NBC has a problem. They're going to have to settle with this woman' (second time he used that dismissive term, reminiscent of his treatment of Rosie O'Donnell) as the music signifying the end of the segment played. Von Erck got the last word however, insisting NBC doesn't have to settle with her, her case is without merit, and he's heard NBC is going to trial, and she will lose.

Comment: O'Reilly swings and misses. How long are these other outlets going to stand for these nightly attacks?