Bill O'Reilly has not been able to verify his contested claims about his "war zone" reporting in Argentina. But that hasn't stopped him from threatening a New York Times reporter covering the controversy.
In the middle of a New York Times article on questions about O'Reilly's reporting, there was this startling paragraph:
Mr. O’Reilly’s efforts to refute the claims by Mother Jones and some former CBS News colleagues occurred both on the air and off on Monday. During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.”
O'Reilly's threats come in the wake of the fact that not a single one of his former CBS News colleagues would corroborate his claims. In fact, at least seven of them have contradicted him. Furthermore, the Times also reported that O'Reilly had invited "several former CBS employees" to come on his show, including former anchor Dan Rather and former president of CBS News, Van Gordon Sauter. Not one appaered. O'Reilly relied instead on an NBC News bureau chief and a lapdog Mediaite columnist.
If you ask me, threatening a New York Times reporter is not the kind of behavior that gives me more confidence in O'Reilly's credibility or integrity.