Former CBS Reporters Call O’Reilly a Lying Fabulist

A whole bunch of reporters and cameramen for CBS who were in Buenos Aires, Argentina when Bill O’Reilly says he bravely dragged a cameraman to safety after he was injured, which he described as covering the Falkland Islands war, have come forward to say that his version of those events is completely inaccurate.

Bill O’Reilly’s account of a 1982 riot in Argentina is being sharply contradicted by seven other journalists who were his colleagues and were also there at the time.

The people all challenge O’Reilly’s depiction of Buenos Aires as a “war zone” and a “combat situation.” They also doubt his description of a CBS cameraman being injured in the chaos.

“Nobody remembers this happening,” said Manny Alvarez, who was a cameraman for CBS News in Buenos Aires.

Jim Forrest, who was a sound engineer for CBS there, said that when he heard O’Reilly retell the Argentina riot story to interviewer Marvin Kalb several years ago, he contacted Kalb and said “I was on that crew, and I don’t recall his version of events.”…

Eric Engberg, a CBS correspondent who was also in Buenos Aires at the time, defended Corn in a Facebook post on Friday and said, “It was not a war zone or even close. It was an ‘expense account zone.'”

Longtime NBC News correspondent George Lewis, who was also there at the time, agreed with Engberg, writing on Facebook, “Cushiest war I ever covered.”

Did O’Reilly’s photographer get “run down” and bloodied?

CNN has interviewed seven people who were there for CBS, and none of them recall anyone from the network being injured.

“If somebody got hurt, we all would have known,” Alvarez said.

In a Friday interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, O’Reilly said the photographer’s last name was Moreno. Roberto Moreno was there for CBS. He now lives in Venezuela, and he declined to comment to CNN.

But Mia Fabius, who was the office manager for the CBS Miami bureau at the time, has stayed in touch with Moreno for decades, and she said Moreno has never spoken about any injury in Argentina.

Further, Fabius said no injury report was ever filed…

All of the people said they’re unaware of any civilians being killed in the riot. In O’Reilly’s 2001 book, he said “many were killed.”

“There were certainly no dead people,” Forrest said. “Had there been dead people, they would have sent more camera crews.”

Alvarez called the claims of deaths “outrageous, outrageous.”

“People being mowed down? Where was that? That would have been great footage. That would have turned into the story,” he said.

CBS has now released video footage of their reports on the anti-government protest, none of which mentions a CBS cameraman being injured, though it does mention television crews being “jostled.” An AP report at the time did mention police officers rushing a group of journalists and firing rubber bullets at them.

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  • dingojack

    ‘Lying Fabulist’ — dibs on the band name!

    :) Dingo

  • John Pieret

    As Al Franken might say Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    FORMER reporters? Are there any CURRENT reporters calling Billo out on this? I mean, that’s what reporters are supposed to do when they’re actually employed as reporters, right?

  • matty1

    O’Reilly – see my former colleagues say I’m fabulous

  • Trebuchet

    Former CBS Reporters Call O’Reilly a Lying Fabulist

    In other news, water is wet and the sun rose in the East this morning.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    Bill O’Reilly? Making stuff up? Say it ain’t so!!!!

    /sarc

  • bbgunn

    The lies come in. The lies go out. You can’t explain that!

  • alanb

    O’Reilly has, of course, defended himself not by providing evidence of his version of events but by personally attacking all of his critics. From NPR:

    Facing questions about his veracity, the nation’s top-rated cable news host referred to his various critics as a “guttersnipe,” a “liar,” a “far-left zealot” and, in the case of one former CBS News colleague, “Room Service Eric.” (That last one nickname was intended to convey that O’Reilly’s former colleague Eric Engberg did not have the courage to leave the hotel during outbreaks of violence.)

  • Georgia Sam

    Tom Toles nailed it perfectly in today’s (2/25) cartoon: “Bombast bursting on air.”

  • lorn

    O’Reilly – Lying fabulist … and a drama queen.

  • dan4

    @3 What the fuck difference does it make if they are (gasp!) FORMER reporters, as long as they were reporters at the time O’Reilly was talking about. This was thirty-two years ago, for Christs’s sake, some CURRENT reporters were probably still in their cribs at the time.

  • dingojack

    alanb – “Room Service Eric”? Oh that’s rich coming from Bill “twelve-hundred miles”* O’Rielly.

    Dingo

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    * The actual distance between Billo and the story he claimed to ‘eyewitness‘. 1200 miles from the Falklands, 1200 miles from George de Mohrenschildt.

  • alanb

    Dingo,

    Eleven-hundred miles. The distance from from Dallas where Bill was working as a TV reporter and Manalapan, Florida where he claimed to be when Lee Harvey Oswald friend George de Mohrenschildt shot himself.

  • dingojack

    The report quoted 1200 miles*.

    Dingo

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    * The shortest distance possible between Palm Springs and Dallas is a touch under 1086.75 statue miles, as far as I can calculate. By road, the shortest distance is 1246 miles.