Bill O'Reilly attacked Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, falsely claiming that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was "charged with giving [Democrats] other people's money." In fact, none of the charges to which Abramoff has pleaded guilty regard contributions his clients made to Democrats.
Bill O'Reilly and Fox political analyst Dick Morris misleadingly asserted that a recent Gallup poll pitting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) head-to-head against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as potential presidential candidates was "not good news for Senator Hillary Clinton if she wants to run for president." But O'Reilly and Morris omitted any mention of the poll's results for a potential Rice candidacy, which match Clinton's numbers when the margin of error is factored in.
During a conversation about the Bush administration's domestic spying program, Bill O'Reilly cited internal Republican polling data then denied that he personally received such information.
For the third time in just over three months, Bill O'Reilly appeared on NBC's Today despite the fact that, in his previous appearance on the show, he compared those who support withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq to Hitler appeasers.
Bill O'Reilly modified his previous false claim that lobbyist Jack Abramoff donated money to both Republicans and Democrats, saying: "His personal donations were to Republicans." However, O'Reilly made no admission of his previous error, and went on to attack "far-left websites" for "put[ting] out a fatwa" against him and Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell, further claiming the websites engage in "organized terror."
Bill O'Reilly falsely portrayed a San Francisco Chronicle editorial -- about California's proposed "Jessica's Law" -- as based only on concerns for the civil rights of sex offenders. In fact, the editorial was strongly in favor of increased child protection but questioned the effectiveness of the proposed law.
On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that Democrats took campaign contributions from former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. When a caller noted his false claim, O'Reilly stated: "So you are a Kool-Aid drinker who is blinded by whatever neurosis you have, because that's just insane." As Media Matters for America has documented, only Republicans received direct contributions from Abramoff.
Several television and radio commentators have either hosted debates or openly questioned what they claim are the insidiously progressive goals of the award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, yet many of the same commentators openly admit they have not seen it.
Bill O'Reilly marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by saying that "I don't think Dr. King would be disappointed ... because our system of government and economy gives more people the chance to pursue happiness in a meaningful way than any other system in the world." He added, "I'm the poster boy for that."
Bill O'Reilly once again resurrected his misleading claim that a Wisconsin elementary school "sang a whole different lyric to 'Silent Night,' " erroneously attributing the school's changed lyrics to political correctness. In fact, the new lyrics were merely part of a 1988 Christmas play called The Little Tree's Christmas Gift.
Bill O'Reilly declared on his radio show that "it's a matter of time before the United States of America and Great Britain will have to bomb the country of Iran."
MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann gave Bill O'Reilly a bronze during the show's "Worst Person in the World" segment because of O'Reilly's remark that "if Joseph Stalin was still alive today, he'd be the UNICEF spokesperson."
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that country music trio the Dixie Chicks "have not recovered to this day" from a controversy surrounding remarks critical of President Bush during one of the group's concerts. In fact, in the months following the controversy, the band embarked on the top-grossing country tour of the year and has continued to enjoy strong commercial success.
On the January 9 edition of his radio show, Bill O'Reilly said: "[I]f Joseph Stalin was still alive, he'd be the UNICEF spokesperson."
Bill O'Reilly claimed he was not "vilifying" anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, just stating the "fact" that Sheehan was being "run by far-left elements who are using her, and she's dumb enough to allow it to happen."