O'Reilly lied about Soros speechJune 4, 2004 7:21 PM EDT ››› GABE WILDAU
On the same day that Media Matters for America exposed Bill O'Reilly doctoring a quotation by progressive financier, philanthropist, and political activist George Soros to make it seem as if Soros had wished his own father dead, O'Reilly distorted Soros's words again -- this time falsely claiming that Soros said the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib was "worse than 9/11."
On the June 3 broadcast of his radio show, The Radio Factor, O'Reilly quoted from Soros's June 3 speech at the Campaign for America's Future "Take Back America" conference; minutes later, O'Reilly falsely claimed that Soros said something that Soros never said.
From the June 3 broadcast of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: He [Soros] says, it's worse. What happened at Abu -- Abu Ghraib is worse than 9/11 and what Saddam and his sons did. That's insane. And if that's what the Democratic Party's going to hang it's hat on -- you know, Bush can screw up all day long and he'll still win.
As first reported by Roll Call -- and then by the New York Post in a June 3 article headlined, "GOP HAS SOROS IN ITS SIGHTS" -- the Republican National Committee has launched a campaign to discredit Senator John Kerry by attacking Soros.
Read the chain of propaganda from right-wing media outlets here.