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Irascable Teflon…

Posted in FNC on February 24, 2015 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers does a pretty good job explaining why the Falklands story hasn’t stuck very well to Bill O’Reilly…

Had O’Reilly falsely claimed to have been on the Falkland Islands when he wasn’t, the Fox News host might be in serious trouble. But he never really said that. He has said that he was “in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands,” which can reasonably be defended as short-hand for “in the Falklands War” — especially because O’Reilly has oft described his experiences there as taking place in Buenos Aires. “I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was,” O’Reilly told the On Media blog last week. That hasn’t really been disputed since.

Instead, the debate has shifted to whether or not O’Reilly was actually in “a war zone” or a “combat situation,” as he has repeatedly claimed. Well, no, he wasn’t. He was present at a violent protest — or “a riot,” or “a demonstration” — that took place immediately after the conclusion of the war. This is a major embellishment, defensible only under the most forgiving parameters of what constitutes wartime activity. Whatever the case, an embellishment is not going to lead Roger Ailes to fire his most valuable personnel asset. (The network has said that “Fox News Chairman and C.E.O. Roger Ailes and all senior management are in full support of Bill O’Reilly.”)

This was never Brian Williams Part 2. Whatever happened in Argentina with O’Reilly, it doesn’t equate to what has been documented about Williams. And that’s the fundamental problem here because O’Reilly’s antagonists were playing long ball swinging for the fences…and not making it out of the park…the equivalent of a pop-up flyball. There are legitimate questions that could be raised about what O’Reilly claimed…and his response to the charges…but they don’t appear to amount to out and out falsehoods. So by claiming them as such, O’Reilly was able to credibly defend himself to those charges…while at the same time being able to dodge any legitimate questions on the theory that the well had been poisoned. It’s a classic tactic. If you can discredit your opponent legitimately, you can then parry the discussion to your opponents credibility. Then everyone starts talking about that and not whatever legitimate questions still remain because the oxygen gets sucked up.

More O’Reilly…

Posted in FNC on February 19, 2015 by icn2

More O’Reilly

“[Corn] is going to fail, because he’s lying, and I can prove it,” O’Reilly told Deadline. “But that does not mean he’s not going to try … and some will believe him.”

Great Bill. When do you start…trying to “prove it”? So far all I’ve seen is you do is huff and puff, thump your chest, use terminology one would associate with a pending lawsuit (not gonna happen), blame MSNBC for something it had no part of, and generally make a big big stink. When will you start refuting Corn’s piece…allegation by allegation? That’s the only way you’ll make this go away…if you are indeed right.

Bill O’Reilly’s “War Record”…

Posted in FNC on February 19, 2015 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers has Bill O’Reilly pushing back hard on a David Corn and Daniel Schulman report questioning some of O’Reilly’s accounts of his activities covering certain conflict zones…

Bill O’Reilly says a new Mother Jones report alleging that the Fox News host made false claims about his Falklands War experience is “a piece of garbage” and that its principal author, David Corn, is “a liar.”

In a telephone interview with the On Media blog, O’Reilly called Corn a “despicable guttersnipe” who has been trying to take him down “for years.”

“It’s a hit piece,” O’Reilly said. “Everything I said about what I reported in South and Central America is true. Everything.”

The report, published late Thursday, alleges that O’Reilly repeatedly misled viewers by claiming to have been in a war zone during the conflict between England and Argentina in 1982. In his book, in public appearances and on his television program, O’Reilly has claimed to have been “in an active war zone” in the Falklands, despite the fact that no American correspondents are believed to have reached the combat zones on the islands.

In the interview, O’Reilly said that he never claimed to have been on the Falkland Islands.

“I was not on the Falkland Islands and I never said I was. I was in Buenos Aires… In Buenos Aires we were in a combat situation after the Argentines surrendered.”

O’Reilly is going to have to do better than that. The Mother Jones article has quotes from O’Reilly that…while not explicitly stating he was “on the ground” do paint a picture of one a lot closer to the action than he apparently really was.

“It was clear that I did not say I was in the Falkland Islands. I’ve done myriad interviews over the years and I never said that,” O’Reilly told On Media.

Not good enough. That borders on a straw man argument. Certainly a Clintonian way of parsing things. Having watched O’Reilly over the years, I don’t get a sense from those quotes that he was being deliberately misleading…more like he just wasn’t being as accurate as he should have been.

FNC PR Responds to Lohan Suit…

Posted in FNC on February 3, 2015 by icn2

TV Newser’s Brian Flood has FNC’s response to the Lohan lawsuit…

We will defend this case to the fullest. The remark about which Lindsay and Dina Lohan complain was made on live television by a guest nearly a year ago. We removed the segment from our archives altogether last February and also apologized on-air. At that time, the Lohans did not make any demands for money, and we are surprised they are doing so now.

This is pretty much what I figured had happened and why I don’t think Lohan’s suit has any chance of success…

Lindsay Lohan Sues FNC/Hannity…

Posted in FNC on February 2, 2015 by icn2

TVNewser’s Brian Flood writes about the lawsuit filed by Lindsay Lohan and her mother against FNC and Sean Hannity…

Lohan and her mother, Dina, have sued FNC and host Sean Hannity, saying they were smeared last February when correspondent Michelle Fields claimed the mother/daughter duo do cocaine together. Lohan initially demanded an on-air apology and Fox News obliged.

I’ll leave it to the legal pundits out there to weigh in on the merits of the suit. I will predict it goes nowhere though…

Welcome Back Gregg Jarrett

Posted in FNC on February 2, 2015 by icn2

Gregg Jarrett returned to FNC’s anchor chair today after considerable time off to deal with personal matters.

Jamie Colby Interview…

Posted in FBN, FNC on January 23, 2015 by icn2

The New Orleans Times Picayune’s James Walker interviews Jamie Colby about FBN’s “Strange Inheritance”…(via J$)

Q: Who are you, where are you from, and what are you doing on Fox Business?

I’m Jamie Colby, and as a Fox News anchor and reporter I was excited to bring “Strange Inheritance” to Fox Business. The network has a niche audience of financial-news watchers, and inheritances have a number of business issues that come up and must be handled. We take that journey in each episode, but also take it a step further in learning where the inheritance began, with whom and why.

What is the origin of this show? Personal interest in the subject? A strange inheritance of your own? Unquenchable curiosity?

As an attorney, accountant and mortgage- and real-estate broker, I encountered a number of clients who had inheritances and found some were beneficial, others a burden. It can be a challenge to carry out a loved one’s wishes, especially if there isn’t a will. One of the things I learned is how helpful a discussion can be before a loved one passes and passes down a family heirloom. I also learned how odd those requests can be! I’ve always had an unquenchable curiosity (you’ve done your homework!) and found this experience of investigating and storytelling to be my most personally rewarding yet.


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