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O'Reilly "Explains" His NBC/Blogger Conspiracy Theory

Reported by Ellen - March 25, 2009 -

One night after his vengeful attack on a young blogger, Amanda Terkel, of Think Progress, Bill O'Reilly read several pieces of (favorable) mail about the incident. Without offering any proof beyond his say-so, O'Reilly contended Terkel had conspired with NBC to harm rape victims from the "evidence" of one blog post in which she had questioned O'Reilly's suitability as a speaker at a rape-victim fundraiser. Other than the fact that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann had picked up on the story (as did other blogs, including ours), we never found out how O'Reilly "knew" they had colluded. But when asked by one viewer, why the "far left and NBC" had attacked the charity (which they had not), O'Reilly came up with the novel - and self-aggrandizing - explanation that it was because he "destroyed NBC's cable operations in prime time." With video.

"Lots of reaction on our report about the far left hurting a rape victim and her family," O'Reilly announced at the beginning of the mail section of last night's (3/24/09) O'Reilly Factor.

O'Reilly read several emails expressing outrage at NBC before reading one from a Michael Dayton in Washington: "Why did the far left and NBC attack your support of the charity, Bill?"

Once again, "fair and balanced" FOX News failed to provide Terkel's actual viewpoint (much less NBC's) and relied on O'Reilly's self-interested interpretation.

But this time, even I was surprised by O'Reilly's grandiosity. "Well, The Factor has destroyed NBC's cable operations in prime time, Michael. That's their motive over there." Really? One show destroyed all of NBC's prime time operations? That's one powerful show.

O'Reilly went on to agree with another viewer's explanation that Terkel, "the far-left hater" attacked the charity (which she did not) in order to prevent people "from aligning themselves with you."

You can read about the whole thing and watch the video of O'Reilly's producer ambushing Terkel here.