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Oops, he did it again: O'Reilly lies while accusing Howard Dean of lying

Reported by Chrish - May 18, 2006

Bill O'Reilly's "Most ridiculous item of the Day" yesterday 5/16/06 was supposed to be a gotcha where he caught Howard Dean in a lie. But O'Reilly himself "misspoke" again in his zeal to once again smear the good Doctor.

O'Reilly introduced the segment:

"As you know, President Bush has been consistent in wanting no deportation for the approximately 12 million illegal aliens in the USA right now. Some conservatives deplore that stance. But amazingly, amazingly, Howard Dean went on the Jon Stewart program last night and said this:

"Here's the big difference between us and the right-wing bill that passed the House with the president's support. This is a president who can't find a 6'4" Saudi terrorist. How is he going to find 12 million undocumented people and send them all back across the border? That's what he wants to do."

To the viewers O'Reilly says

"Now, Mr. Bush has never advocated sending illegal aliens back over the border en masse. Simply put, Dean lied. And I don't use that word lightly. So today on "The Radio Factor", I said this to FOX News analyst Marvin Kalb:

O'REILLY: Howard Dean outright lied on the Stewart show last night. How do you react to that?

MARVIN KALB, HARVARD LECTURER: I react with abhorrence to the use of the word liar when you are ascribing it as you are to a politician who is trying to win cookie points on a program such as Jon Stewart's.

O'REILLY: Do you think he was being truthful?

KALB: I think he was being truthful to himself.

O'REILLY: Now is there any — is there any measure of truth then in this country? We saw a president give a speech where he — and everybody would acknowledge this who was being fair and balanced...

KALB: Right.

O'REILLY: Where he went over the line to say I want to give 12 million illegal aliens a chance. Do you agree...

KALB: Absolutely.

O'REILLY: And then an hour later, Howard Dean, the head of the Democratic National Committee, professor, goes on a national program and says the president wants to round up and throw out said 12 million illegal aliens, and you are yelling at me for using the word liar, sir?

KALB: I am uncomfortable with the use of the word liar.

O'REILLY: Are you uncomfortable with the truth?

KALB: I am not uncomfortable with the truth.

O'REILLY: Did I say anything that was not true?

KALB: No, you described what happened...

O'REILLY: Did Howard Dean say anything that was not true?

KALB: You see, you got me on that, Bill. I didn't see...

O'REILLY: Yes, I do. OK. You know, that's why I love you. When I got you, at least you admitted it.


O'Reilly apparently missed the beginning of The Daily Show, where Jon Stewart made some very funny comments and contortions about why they weren't going to report on the speech until tomorrow. The audience was in on the joke, of course: The Daily Show was taped before the speech.

Bill, are you uncomfortable with the truth? Or are you just being truthful to yourself? You weren't being truthful with your audience, that's for sure.

We got you. Are you going to admit it?

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