Challenge to Bill O'Reilly

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Challenge to Bill O'Reilly

Unread postby ERDUNN » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:54 pm

In his weekly NY Post column, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly states that because of early turmoil in Obama’s administration that his ratings for The O’Reilly Factor are “through the roof” citing that if you’re an Obama-hater, “you’re likely to go where your opinion is reinforced” (O-Skeptics’ Boom Time, 3/27).
On the preceding page, the NY Post features Ralph Peters, their long time star op-ed columnist and credits him as a Fox News “strategic analyst”.
Two points: Fox News and the NY Post are part of Rupert Murdock’s mighty News Corporation. And last September, while interviewing famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, Bill O’Reilly told his national audience that if they wanted to know anything about the Iraq war, that Bob Woodward was their “man”.
What I find puzzling about O’Reilly’s statement that “you’re likely to go where you’re opinion is reinforced” and Ralph Peters, one of the most pro-war, anti-liberal columnists in the country is that on May 5 he wrote an op-ed entitled, “Saudi Stick-up” in which he definitively stated that the reason for the $4 per gallon gas prices was because the Saudis were punishing America because President Bush defied their order to not invade Iraq.
To contrast this statement, in his Bush at War books, Bob Woodward, the man who O’Reilly cites as the authoritative expert on the Iraq war, states definitively that the Bush White and Saudi royal family were on the exact same page in wanting to depose Saddam Hussein, with the Saudis even offering logistical and military support for the invasion.
Now here’s my question to Mr. O’Reilly: Do you find it odd that Ralph Peters would inexplicably write something so obscenely contradictive to Bob Woodward’s “definitive account” of what transpired between the Bush administration and Saudi royal family? Does he find it odd that the NY Post would print Peters’ anti-Bush synopsis in a newspaper where the typical reader’s opinion isn’t reinforced and that the charge of the cardinal sin of journalism--fabricating a storyline—could be levied?
Former CBS correspondent and now a near daily featured guest on many Fox News shows, Bernard Goldberg, states in his newly released book, “A Slobbering Love Affair Starring Barack Obama” that the left wing media routinely grants itself a “get out of jail free” card to get their liberal brethren off the hook if their caught engaging in journalistic biases.
My question to Mr. O’Reilly, who routinely chastises his competitors at the other networks, now that I’ve brought to your attention this contradiction between his authoritative expert, Bob Woodward and his co-worker, Ralph Peters, is he going to take the high road and bring both men together to clear the air?
Or is he going to go down the same road as his liberal competitors by granting his Fox brethren, Ralph Peters a “get out of jail free” card?
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