Last night, I posted about Bill O'Reilly's erroneous complaint that Republicans had been excluded from the March on Washington anniversary. Tonight, O'Reilly graciously corrected his error and apologized.
In his Tip of the Day segment that appears at the end of each show, he said:
Last night, during my discussion with James Carville about the Martin Luther King commemoration, I said there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong. It was wrong. Some Republicans were asked to speak; they declined. And that was a mistake. They should have spoke.
Now, the mistake? Entirely on me. I simply assumed that since all the speakers were liberal Democrats, Republicans were excluded. So here's the tip of the day: always check out the facts before you make a definitive statement. And, when you make a mistake, admit it.
By the way, I'm sorry I made that mistake. It's very annoying because I know you guys watch The Factor for accuracy.
We all make mistakes but this was a classy apology. Nicely done, Bill.
PS-Travolta wants his plastic bubble back!
I don’t buy the line that people tune in to The Factor for accuracy they tune in to hear their point of view. Bill likes to call himself an independent and no spin, but I believe only Sheppard Smith is entitled to that claim on Fox. I can’t imagine Bill ranting if this were the opposite of not allowing liberals to speak. Bill spoke from his heart of what he wanted to believe.
When I compare this to Rush’s apology to Sandra Fluke which was obviously forced by his bosses who were trying to stop the bleeding of losing sponsors and could care less that Rush was verbally assaulting her for three consecutive days. Rush took in my opinion took the cowards way out of issuing his fake apology on his website on a Saturday afternoon with an apology that was written by public relations officials. He just signed off on what they wrote. To her credit Miss Fluke refused his apology because she knew as we all did that it wasn’t sincere.
Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend everyone.
1). Notice how Loofah Lad makes his correction at the end of his show, when viewership has dropped off, as opposed to near the top of the show, where he made the egregious error in the first place? To me that’s not classy at all. He should have opened the show with it.
2). The Falafel King ended his apology with an inside joke that, I’m sure, had his staff chortling behind their hands:
QUOTE: By the way, I’m sorry that I made that mistake. It’s very annoying because I know you guys watch The Factor for accuracy.
Accuracy? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Like when he claimed he single-handedly that he won the phony War on Christmas?
3). The Flying Monkey Squad is still beating me up over a mistake I made on NewsHounds many years ago. In fact, I corrected my mistake only hours later with a post that was longer than the original article. It included a massive mea culpa. Yet, The Flying Monkey Squad will, no doubt, accept that Loofah Lad made a classy apology and will, no doubt, continue to attack me for the mistake but ignore my apology.
Here’s what makes this truly ironic: Through a glitch during NewsHounds’ transfer from the old platform to this platform, my original post and the apology were somehow lost in the cyber-ether (as were a bunch of posts from the same period). This has now become The Flying Monkey Squad’s newest conspiracy theory. A keen observer of those miscreants would note they develop their whacked-out conspiracies by starting with a conclusion and working backward to find any evidence that supports it. Yeah, that’s right, just like every other great Tin Foil Hat Club™ in ’Merka.
The Conspiracy Theory Du Jour: Ellen purposely removed my post so it would go down the Memory Hole. What the Flying Monkey Squad fails to realize is that I am such an egotist about my writing that I want every word I ever posted to remain online in perpetuity. It kills me that a web site I once maintained, long before anyone had ever heard of the word “blog,” is no longer online.
Uh oh! Now I has a sad.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. If you want to read my latest about The Flying Monkey Squad, pop over to my Not Now Silly blog and read The Flying Monkey Squad Strikes Again & Again at http://notnowsilly.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-flying-monkey-squad-strikes-again.html
With all my documents,
Aunty Em Headly
His second mistake is that people watch his show for its accuracy. When talking to BOR fans in my sphere about why they are such dedicated viewers of “The Factor”, not once has any of them said that they watch his show for accuracy/his use of facts. They say that they watch his show for BOR’s own cult of personality/“traditional warrior” persona via his bombastic, opinionated style and his consistent attacks on liberals.
Well, I’ll give him credit for at least realizing that there was no way he was going to be able to spin his way out of this one like he tried to do when he was wrong about NBC supposedly saying “nothing about drone strikes” – despite the fact the NBC broke the story and that most of the NBC personalities had been all over the story well before BOR made his bogus statements.
I guess even stubborn, overly-defensive, egotistical blowhards like BOR sometimes reach a point when they have to admit to themselves that nothing but a flat-out apology will suffice. LOL!
Enter BOR’s all-spin zone – http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreilly-defends-nbc-drone-coverage-claim-by-denying-he-said-what-he-said/
Let me fix this statement for you Bill-
“It fits my anti-Democrat narrative to say that since all the speakers were liberal Democrats, Republicans were excluded.”
NOTE TO BILLY
Who said it was an error to hire you?
Mistake? Not so much.
O’Reilly’s one of the few people on News that actually studied journalism, and all it took anyone who cared was 2 minutes and Google. There were articles debunking this claim before the rally, it was started up that early.
I can’t think of any way he could have gone in not knowing this.
The same goes for Bret Baier- He made a classy retraction, but how could he go in with a claim like that, then claim it was an ‘error?’