O’Reilly Caught up in “Questionable” Investment Pitch: Update

I was beginning to wonder if this story was ever going to get any traction since I noted it on Monday. Well The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about Bill O’Reilly and the investment advertisement and has the latest developments…

The video was first published in June. It was yanked from the Web on Tuesday after a financial columnist questioned why Mr. O’Reilly was promoting “investment flim-flam.”

In response, Fox News said that Mr. O’Reilly was not aware that an interview he granted would be used to solicit subscribers to a financial newsletter.

“They took an interview that Bill did and used it for other purposes,” said Bill Shine, a Fox News executive vice president, adding that “we’re all disappointed in this.”

10 Responses to “O’Reilly Caught up in “Questionable” Investment Pitch: Update”

  1. It seems plausible. It’s not unheard-of for these people to use Names that haven’t given permission. Usually it’s pictures in online print-ads, but if they have video, watch out.

  2. It seems like it took a long time for the “he didn’t know he was being used in an ad” line to come out.

  3. No doubt Olbermann will flog the story for all its worth. But will O’Reilly fire back with some more G.E. is Satan Incorporated stories?

  4. No doubt Olbermann will flog the story for all its worth.

    I’ll take that wager. KO knows he could be shilling hearing aids someday. I don’t think he’ll mess with it.

  5. – Shilling hearing aids —

    ”I’ve got a Special Comment on this wonderful new product…”

  6. Hah! (Chris Matthews style)

  7. lonestar77 Says:

    joeremi Says:

    August 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    “I’ll take that wager. KO knows he could be shilling hearing aids someday. I don’t think he’ll mess with it.”

    Since when has Olby cared about being caught in a state of hypocrisy?

  8. Looks like O’Reilly’s getting screwed. He needs to sue.

  9. imnotblue Says:

    I had a feeling it would wind up being something like this. The moment I read, “They talked with O’Reilly, and then later on they spoke to a financial guy to make their pitch,” it all didn’t add up.

    Oh well.

  10. […] of sabotaging Stelter over the years. And yet FNC and FBN have no problems opening their doors to Stelter when they feel like […]

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