Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Bill O’Reilly

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Bill O’Reilly February 9, 2015

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who show a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their enemies of exhibiting their own worst traits. The winner this time is Bill O’Reilly, who is as oblivious to his own faults and contradictions as it is humanly possible to be. Here he is criticizing Brian Williams for making up the story about a helicopter crash:

Bill O’Reilly tonight weighed in tonight after NBC News’ Brian Williams recanted a story about being in a helicopter that was forced down by RPG fire.

Williams has told the story multiple times, including on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

“You go on ‘Letterman’ and you wanna please, you wanna be interesting, you wanna be fascinating, you wanna be cool […] he wants to be cool,” O’Reilly said. “That was the narrative that he invented for himself to be cool.”

To be fair, he may be absolutely right about that. Brian Williams may have invented the story out of whole cloth to make himself look good. While we’re on that subject though, Bill, how about that lie you told repeatedly about Inside Edition winning multiple Peabody Awards for excellence in journalism? In an interview in 2000, he made this claim several times:

ARTHEL NEVILLE (former Fox News anchor): You hosted Inside Edition —

O’REILLY: Correct.

NEVILLE: — which is considered a tabloid show.

O’REILLY: By whom?

NEVILLE: By many people.

O’REILLY: Oh, does that mean —

NEVILLE: And even you —

O’REILLY: — we throw the Peabody Awards back?

NEVILLE: Even you — even you would admit to that. Come on, now.

O’REILLY: No, I wouldn’t.

NEVILLE: Come on, now.

O’REILLY: I would not.

NEVILLE: And despite your fight to be a hard-hitting journalist, some people would say you sold out.

O’REILLY: Well, they’re crazy.

NEVILLE: You sold it.

O’REILLY: We won Peabody Awards.

NEVILLE: You got a lot of money, and you sold out.

O’REILLY: We won Peabody Awards.

A year later, on his Fox News show, he swore that he had never said any such thing:

O’REILLY: I’ll give you an example. Guy says about me, couple of weeks ago, “O’Reilly said he won a Peabody Award.” Never said it. You can’t find a transcript where I said it. You — there is no one on earth you could bring in that would say I said it. Robert Reno in Newsday, a columnist, writes it in his column, calls me a liar, all right? And it’s totally fabricated. That’s attack journalism. It’s dishonest, it’s disgusting, and it hurts reputations.

When shown the transcripts and video of him saying exactly that, he then said that he got confused between the Peabody Award and the Polk Award — which Inside Edition did win once…a year before O’Reilly became the host of the show. Gee Bill, did you make all that up to make yourself look cool too?

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