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."
Bill O'Reilly mischaracterized a wager he proposed to Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter during Alter's December 21 appearance on O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio show.
Bill O'Reilly once again repeated his argument that same-sex marriage will lead to interspecies marriage.
On January 3, Bill O'Reilly warned that "far-left smear websites" are "recording every word I say," and, as a result, "we have to record every word I say, because I know they'll distort, they'll lie, they'll take it out of context." He then added: "Of course, I'm gonna make mistakes," but said that: "If we make a mistake, we tell you."
Bill O'Reilly declared his threat to "get into" the "lives" of The New York Times' Frank Rich and Bill Keller a "fatwa."
On CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, Bill O'Reilly resurrected his false claim that a Wisconsin elementary school banned the singing of the Christmas hymn "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. Later in the interview, Letterman admonished O'Reilly, asserting, "I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap."
Keith Olbermann once again bestowed a "Worst Person" award upon Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, this time because O'Reilly threatened to "get into" the "lives" of The New York Times' Frank Rich and Bill Keller.
A "Best of The Radio Factor" special featured an October clip of host Bill O'Reilly calling George Soros "the big left-wing loon who's financing all these smear [web]sites," adding, "They ought to hang this Soros guy."
On The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that President Bush "kept all members of the Senate and House intelligence committees up to speed" on his program of domestic, warrantless electronic surveillance. But Republican and Democratic members of Congress have contradicted this assertion.
Bill O'Reilly threatened to "get into" the "lives" of Bill Keller and Frank Rich of The New York Times because they are "the two main culprits" at the newspaper, which "routinely uses personal attacks to hurt people with whom it disagrees."
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