Today, Bill O'Reilly opined on the brutal and barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley. During his phone conversation with America's Newsroom's Bill Hemmer, O'Reilly praised Foley whom he interviewed in 2011. So far, so good. But then O'Reilly, ever the narcissist, made himself part of the story with a reference to his own life threatening "war" experiences.
In praising Foley's bravery, he said the following: "He did work that other journalists wouldn't do. I wouldn't do it. I've covered four wars and I've been in bad situations. I almost lost my life in the Falklands War. But I wouldn't do what Foley did. He was a very brave guy."
Never one to waste an opportunity to bash the so called liberal media and especially the NY Times, O'Reilly said that what bothers him about this story "is the liberal press, led by the NY Times refers to ISIS as quote, unquote Sunni militants." After he accused the evil, non-Fox media of being "dishonest about ISIS from the very beginning," he engaged in more hubris in giving himself credit for "pounding the story, telling President Obama he's got to get these people." He added that now that Obama has taken his advice and gone after ISIS, "we see their true nature."
A mighty pissed off O'Reilly went back to his NY Times bashing with his whine about how they put the story about Foley's execution on A-6, not the front page and "don't refer to ISIS quote, unquote as Sunni militants." He continued to rant: "The importance of this story is the left wing press has tried to diminish the terror threat, they've tried to diminish it and now they can't any longer." He then yelled about how YouTube posted the execution video which has been taken down.
O'Reilly said that this is a war and "you have to wipe out ISIS" and "kill them all." He yelled "we have to get them, all right, that's it and nobody else on the planet is gonna do it."
According to Wikipedia, O'Reilly covered wars in El Salvador and the Falklands. That makes two wars out of his purported four. What are the other two? The War on Christmas and the war on truthiness?
But leave it ole Bill to insert his alleged "war" experiences into the tragic story of the death of James Foley.
This is reminiscent of the time Glenn Beck compared himself to Martin Luther King, Jr. . . or the time Geraldo Rivera — who, like BillO, never served in the armed forces — claimed he had seen “a hell of a lot more combat” than John Kerry, a Vietnam veteran . . .