Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Bill O’Reilly

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who show a breathtaking lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of their own worst sins. Bill O’Reilly is a first ballot Bryan Fischer Award Hall of Fame inductee. He’s practically the living embodiment of obliviousness to his own contradictions. Get a load of this:

Bill O’Reilly bemoaned the state of journalism on his show Tuesday night, telling his guest that when inaccurate reporting is left unchallenged, it “hurts the country.”

“If I made a mistake reporting at WCBS,” the Fox host said, “these guys were on me! You had to do it right!”

O’Reilly said that nowadays, journalists can throw any story out there and subsequently claim “well I didn’t report it, [someone else] did!”

The Fox host did not mention his own recent clarifications, saying that when he once claimed to have “seen” nuns shot dead in El Salvador and witnessed bombings in Northern Ireland, he simply meant that he had seen photos of them.

For crying out loud, Bill O’Reilly is the poster child for what’s with American journalism. He’s practically allergic to facts, can never admit that he’s wrong and has an ego that takes up all the space where his brain would be.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “Bill O’Reilly bemoaned the state of journalism on his show”

    I agree the state of journalism on his show is pretty awful.

  • Don F

    I happen to know that O’Reilly admitted he was wrong at least once. How do I know this? My dad was a fan of O’Reilly and he (Dad) told me that he (O’Reilly) admitted he (O’Reilly) was wrong. On the air. Once, that he (Dad) knew of. Unfortunately, I can’t ask Dad for specifics ’cause he (Dad) is not around anymore . . . but I’m pretty sure he (Dad) was right.

    Hey, tha’s a pretty high degree of certainty, considering the state of today’s journalism . . . isn’t it?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, you wouldn’t accept a recipe from someone who didn’t cook, would you?

  • John Pieret

    when inaccurate reporting is left unchallenged, it “hurts the country.”

    Been looking in the mirror again, Billy?

  • anubisprime

    FFS that is uber weapons grade irony right there.

    I wish there was a warning label on these snippets of ‘news’, irony meters do not come cheap after all!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    anubisprime, Harry Potter and the Snippets of News, ironically, was the weakest of the series.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Been looking in the mirror again, Billy?

    Wouldn’t show anything.

  • scienceavenger

    O’Reilly said that nowadays, journalists can throw any story out there and subsequently claim “well I didn’t report it, [someone else] did!”

    Or the Foxnews version: “some people say”, or “questions are being asked”, where the referenced people asking the questions are…Foxnews people. They invented circle-jerk journalism.

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker

    Don, O’Reilly and the rest often use ‘I was wrong’ as a lead in but only as part of a ‘benefit of the doubt’ trope.

    So he will often say something like “I did think liberals love our country, but I was wrong”. So it really isn’t an admission of error, it is a false claim to have been open minded at one point.

  • otrame

    Whew. I just installed my new O’Reilly-Proof ™ XR-99 Irony Meter last week. It weathered the blow, but it was close. See? You get what you pay for, my friends.