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.