Bill O'Reilly claimed that Mexican President Vicente Fox has "got his troops on the northern border helping the drug traffickers bring the loads across." Although Mexican officials announced that drug smugglers were using military uniforms and vehicles when they crossed the border into the United States on January 23, the FBI found no evidence that the men were connected to the Mexican military. Later in the program, O'Reilly claimed that Jalisco is "on the border." In fact, Jalisco is a state in central Mexico, and it is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean.
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that public-school teachers in New York City "are instructed not to say a word" about students "going, 'F-you, you mother-F'er,' in school." In fact, according to the New York City schools' discipline code, "[u]sing profane, obscene, vulgar, lewd or abusive language or gestures" is a "Level 2 infraction" that is considered "disorderly disruptive behavior" and is punishable by a range of disciplinary actions.
Bill O'Reilly echoed the misleading claim, made frequently by congressional Republicans and conservative media figures, that Democrats are to blame for a provision in the immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives in December 2005 that would make it a felony for immigrants to be in the United States illegally.
Bill O'Reilly said that the "organizers" of the May 1 nationwide immigrant protests have a "hardcore militant agenda of 'You stole our land, you bad gringos.' "
Bill O'Reilly questioned the motivations of George Clooney and other activists focused on the genocide in the Sudan, stating that their interest in Darfur "may have something to do with color." O'Reilly then falsely claimed, "Surely the Marsh Arabs in Iraq slaughtered by Saddam [Hussein] did not get George Clooney's attention."
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Bill O'Reilly suggested that his listeners "visit [Vermont] at your discretion," because it is a "hopeless, hopeless state" that refuses to "protect the kids" from child molesters. O'Reilly stated that Vermont "is gonna lead the league" among the "six to 10 states" that won't "pass any laws to protect the kids." In fact, the Vermont Senate recently passed legislation requiring a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted of aggravated sexual assault.
On the May 1 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann once again named Fox News' Bill O'Reilly the winner of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" award for comments made during the April 26 edition of his radio show, in which he accused a "far-left cabal" of making "inroads, particularly at NBC News" and claiming that "no newsperson at Fox News toes any kind of ideological line at all."
MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann interviewed Joseph Amann and Tom Breuer, authors of Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly and co-founders of www.SweetJesusIHatebillOReilly.com, and discussed O'Reilly's recent gaffes.
Bill O'Reilly dramatically overstated the amount of nightly viewers of his television program, saying, "I already got the 6 million people watching me every night." In fact, according to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor averaged 2,274,000 viewers a night in the first quarter of 2006.
Bill O'Reilly stated that "some believe" Fox News "is a right-wing enterprise" but that "I work there, and I can tell you that it is not." O'Reilly claimed that it was "a fact that no newsperson at Fox News toes any kind of ideological line at all."
Bill O'Reilly asserted that while "on the left, it's all about the smear," "the propagandists on the right" are "not smear merchants"; "they're not trying to smear anybody." He also said, "[M]aybe I'm naïve," but "when I tune in to [the] programs [of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham], I hear ideology."
Bill O'Reilly declared that Tony Snow is "under attack by the far left and Howard Dean" and that "smear merchants on the Internet" "cherry pick stuff" that Snow "wrote in his column and said on the Fox News Channel and try to make him look like a buffoon and a hypocrite," which "they do ... to me every day."
On the same edition of his radio show in which he misidentified the energy secretary, Bill O'Reilly proposed a "bill" to deport to Canada "high school kids in this country [who] couldn't pass a civics test," because they "don't know what the House of Representatives is; they don't know what the judicial branch is."
Keith Olbermann named Bill O'Reilly the winner of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" award for establishing the "Hall of Shame," a new segment on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor in which O'Reilly purportedly points out media outlets that engage in personal attacks and use "smear" tactics.
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Bill O'Reilly asserted that The New York Times wrote a "glowing" article about Mary McCarthy, a senior intelligence officer who was recently fired by the CIA, because she "was leaking stuff to them." However, initial reports of McCarthy's dismissal from the CIA noted that she was fired because of her relationship with Washington Post staff writer Dana Priest and because she allegedly provided information to the press regarding secret CIA detention centers in Europe that was first published in the Post, not in the Times. No news reports have mentioned any relationship between McCarthy and The New York Times.