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O'Reilly channels Newsbusters item to slap at NBC

Reported by Chrish - April 29, 2008 -

How far will Bill O'Reilly go to furthur an agenda item? He'll dredge up an old (over a year) non-story and omit pertinent facts, all to take another swipe at NBC - that bastion of liberalism that the self-proclaimed independent so loathes. His source? Newsbusters.

In his Pinheads and Patriots segment last night 4/28/08, O'Reilly said "Former NBC News military analyst Colonel Ken Allard has quit the network, saying it has become too left-wing for him. For telling the truth, the Colonel is a patriot."

A few things: Allard left NBC last February (2007). At that time he decried "the network's precipitous retreat from journalistic and ethical standards."

NBC responded that there was no relationship to sever; Allard worked on-call, if you will, without any contract. It was soon revealed that he had not appeared on air for a year because he had had a stroke. In fact, on February 8, 2007, Allard appeared on The O'Reilly Factor and had this exchange:

BOR: Now you left NBC News, why?

ALLARD: Right. Well, partly because of the fact I suffered a stroke this last summer. So I have not been doing very much TV.

BOR: OK. So a health reason, and this, that, and the other thing.

Deborah noted at the time that Allard was not playing O'Reilly's smear-NBC game and went so far as to say that NBC likes diverse points of view.

Colonel Allard was part of the feature article in the New York Times April 20th. Quotes relating to him specifically follow, which might help clarify "this, that, and the other thing":

"Kenneth Allard, a former NBC military analyst who has taught information warfare at the National Defense University, said the campaign amounted to a sophisticated information operation. “This was a coherent, active policy,” he said.

As conditions in Iraq deteriorated, Mr. Allard recalled, he saw a yawning gap between what analysts were told in private briefings and what subsequent inquiries and books later revealed.

“Night and day,” Mr. Allard said, “I felt we’d been hosed.”


"In interviews, participants described a powerfully seductive environment — the uniformed escorts to Mr. Rumsfeld’s private conference room, the best government china laid out, the embossed name cards, the blizzard of PowerPoints, the solicitations of advice and counsel, the appeals to duty and country, the warm thank you notes from the secretary himself.

“Oh, you have no idea,” Mr. Allard said, describing the effect. “You’re back. They listen to you. They listen to what you say on TV.” It was, he said, “psyops on steroids” — a nuanced exercise in influence through flattery and proximity. “It’s not like it’s, ‘We’ll pay you $500 to get our story out,’ ” he said. “It’s more subtle.”

The access came with a condition. Participants were instructed not to quote their briefers directly or otherwise describe their contacts with the Pentagon."


"Some networks publish biographies on their Web sites that describe their analysts’ military backgrounds and, in some cases, give at least limited information about their business ties. But many analysts also said the networks asked few questions about their outside business interests, the nature of their work or the potential for that work to create conflicts of interest. “None of that ever happened,” said Mr. Allard, an NBC analyst until 2006.

“The worst conflict of interest was no interest.”

Mr. Allard and other analysts said their network handlers also raised no objections when the Defense Department began paying their commercial airfare for Pentagon-sponsored trips to Iraq — a clear ethical violation for most news organizations."

Even assuming the quotes on Newsbusters are correct, why would O'Reilly, with a national program and his fierce independent streak (giggle) highlight such a partisan and unimportant item? Talk amongst yourselves.

There has been no word of the New York Times article and the frightening revelations that the government is planting propaganda in the news - of course not. It's getting harder and harder to rail against the liberal media with a straight face but he keeps trying.

Note that Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson were the Pinheads because they smoke pot they are in Amsterdam ("the drug capitol of Europe") making a video together. No, no bias there.