Bill O’Reilly’s “war zone” cameraman has come forward to say he was never injured (much less rescued by O’Reilly) in the Buenos Aires riot following the Falklands war and nobody was “gunned down” either. This casts further doubts on O’Reilly’s claims about his experiences covering that riot.
As we’ve extensively reported, serious – and unanswered – questions have arisen about O’Reilly’s credibility ever since Mother Jones investigated his claims about his Falklands “war zone” reporting and “fatalities” at a later riot in Buenos Aires. Since then, O’Reilly’s own former colleagues from CBS News have come forward to dispute his accounts and additional questions have been raised about his claims about reporting during the El Salvador civil war, riots in Los Angeles and the suicide of a figure in the JFK assassination investigation.
As Mother Jones notes, O’Reilly has said about his Buenos Aires cameraman:
I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete. And the army was chasing us. I had to make a decision. And I dragged him off, you know, but at the same time, I’m looking around and trying to do my job, but I figure I had to get this guy out of there because that was more important.
That cameraman appears to be Ignacio Medrano-Carbo. Although O’Reilly claims a cameraman named Roberto Moreno (who has refused to talk to journalists about it) was his cameraman. But Medrano-Carbo says it was he, that Moreno was a sound man at the time and Mother Jones confirmed the pairing with someone else on O’Reilly’s crew and found footage of him in a BBC documentary filming material that appeared in O’Reilly’s report.
In an article today by Mother Jones, Medrano-Carbo said:
I never fell nor was I bleeding out my ear at any time during my Buenos Aires assignment. I do not even recall Mr. O’Reilly being near me when I shot all that footage nor after I left the unrest at Plaza de Mayo that evening. But it is not uncommon to be separated from your reporter during a disturbance such as that one.
…I can confirm that no one I know of who worked with me in Buenos Aires during the Falkland War ever heard of any CBS crew member getting beat or hurt. Nor did any demonstrators get killed that night at Plaza de Mayo—to quote a colleague, “or we would’ve been following up at the morgue and interviewing family members.”
After Mother Jones posted its story, O’reilly denied having worked with Medrano-Carbo. But Medrano-Carbo theorized that O’Reilly had perhaps confused him with Moreno, noting the similarity in their names.
Mother Jones further noted:
Medrano-Carbo shared with Mother Jones the raw footage he shot that night, and it does match the video in the report O’Reilly filed. He adds, “You can see me in the BBC report. Why would I lie? You used 99 percent of my stuff, and I’m not your cameraman? I certainly did not get beat up. You did not help me.”
Medrano also defended O’Reilly from some of the accusations that other journalists made about him during this time, so it’s hard to think he’s merely exploiting some grudge.
Stay tuned! But in the meanwhile, you can watch O’Reilly talk about rescuing his cameraman during the Argentina riot, below.
I wonder if he got more or less than Andrea Mackris to keep quiet?
Will O’Reilly try to call the payment “tax-deductible?”
I think O’Reilly’s entire show last night(Monday) was virtually an infomercial about how great Bill is and that those that disagree with Bill are horrible gutter snipes and ideologues!
He must be fun to work for!