Last night, in a report on the horrific school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Bill O'Reilly discussed with Fox News senior correspondent Rick Leventhal how the media - including Fox News - got some of its facts wrong in its early reporting, including mistakenly identifying the gunman as his brother. Leventhal told O'Reilly, "Bill, you can understand, in the aftermath of a major incident like this, there's a lot of confusion."
A lot of confusion? Don't you think the same thing might apply to, say, an attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya? Plenty of people have told Fox News that might be the case:
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Greta Van Susteren: When things are unfolding very, very quickly, it’s not always easy to know what is going on on the ground. It was a point Van Susteren forgot just 24 hours later.
Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Tom Ricks told Jon Scott: I've covered a lot of firefights. It's impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes. Sadly, Fox was so insulted by Ricks calling out Fox's politicized coverage, they cut short the interview.
Fox's own Geraldo Rivera told Bill O'Reilly: I think there's a fog of war aspect.
Still, Fox continued to act as though the Obama administration had engaged in some big cover up of the truth when they initially said that the violence was spurred by an anti-Muslim video and was not a terrorist attack.
Do you think they'll see it differently now that the shoe has been on the other foot? Nah, I don't think so, either.
There. I fixed your apparently confused quote.