Cameraman Confirms O’Reilly Lied About Argentina

Yet more proof that Bill O’Reilly was lying about multiple things regarding his time in Argentina at the end of the Falkland Islands war. He’s repeatedly claimed that he bravely got his bleeding and injured cameraman to safety while covering a protest in Buenos Aires (which O’Reilly claims was covering the war). Now that cameraman has come forward and said it’s all a lie:

After a call from a cameraman friend, I watched Bill O’Reilly’s report filed in 1982 from Buenos Aires for CBS during the Falkland War posted a few weeks ago on the Mother Jones web page. The part that caught my attention was Mr. O’Reilly’s claim that he helped his cameraman to safety who was bleeding out of his ear after he fell when chased by the army.

Ninety-nine percent of the footage in that report was shot by me. Does that make me his cameraman? 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 also read that some colleagues were accusing Mr. O’Reilly of negligently asking his cameraman to turn on the camera light for his stand up. In his defense, I will attest that he never asked me to turn on the light for any reason. I turned on the camera light at my discretion and possible folly. I also never shot a stand up for Mr. O’Reilly.

In another report…Mr. O’Reilly states that his cameraman that night was Roberto Moreno. Mr. Moreno was indeed there but at that time he was a sound man and working with seasoned CBS cameraman Carl Sorensen. Mr. Moreno, who became my friend, did not pick up a camera until years later. My last name is Medrano perhaps Mr. O’Reilly got confused since Mr. Moreno went on to shoot for CBS News? Medrano? Moreno?

Lastly, 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.”

Fox News, of course, has no comment. They’ll just keep up the pretense that these are all just liberal attacks, as if that was in any way relevant to whether he lied or not.

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  • anubisprime

    Look right wing jeebus droolers got one thing in common…they like to brag to the audience about how brave and upstanding they are and how dangerous it is being an atheist.

    To that end they have to ‘illustrate’ the point, that is all it was…not lying or indulging in wish fulfillment or even relating reality, just ‘illustrating’ the point, and then some.

  • wreck

    O’Reilly lied. Yawn.

    “Medrano? Moreno?”

    I’m sure they all look the same to Billo.

  • marcus

    “I never fell nor was I bleeding out my ear at any time during my Buenos Aires assignment. “

    This man is obviously lying.

    If he spent more than fifteen minutes in Bill O’Reilly’s company, listening to him talk about what a great journalist and awesome human being Bill O’Reilly is, I’m fairly certain that he would have been bleeding out of both of his ears and escaping brain matter would have been running down his neck.

  • reverendrodney

    How else to earn your credentials as a right-wing darling than by lying?

  • caseloweraz

    What tangled webs old Billo weaves!

    Are they intended to deceive?

    No matter; few here still believe.

    They only hope he’ll up and leave.

  • lorn

    marcus @ 3:


    True that excessive exposure to Bill0 causes damage.

  • Crudely Wrott

    caseloweraz, I just noticed a certain Cuttlefish flashing brightly colored patterns. Laughing and nodding, I suspect.

    Well played and well read.