Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, and their conservative guests misrepresented a remark by Ted Turner to falsely accuse Turner, as Hannity stated, of "admitting that he had a hard time choosing sides in the war on terror."
On his television and radio shows, Bill O'Reilly attacked Media Matters for America and The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio, for the newspaper's publication of a review by a Media Matters research fellow of his new book, Culture Warrior, saying that it was "blatantly dishonest" and "ridiculous" for the newspaper to publish the review without identifying Media Matters as a "far-left" organization, which "hates me." But O'Reilly identified no factual inaccuracies in the review itself.
Bill O'Reilly claimed that "a lot of secular progressives" do not "believe in the concept of evil," even though, he has previously attributed the belief that the United States is "evil" to Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore.
Bill O'Reilly asked whether Bob Woodward was "reporting spin-free" in his new book State of Denial, but O'Reilly blocked Woodward from responding to the charges when Woodward requested to do so, stating: "I'm not real interested in that, so much ... I just want to get on the record that some people are questioning, you know, your controversial book."
Despite his long history of attacking judges, newspapers, and elected officials he deems to be soft on child predators, Bill O'Reilly declined to discuss allegations of inaction on the part of House Republican leaders to learning months ago of emails allegedly sent by Rep. Mark Foley to an underage congressional page, instead attacking the Democratic leadership and the "San Francisco values" of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
During an interview with Democratic strategists James Carville and Paul Begala, Bill O'Reilly called Carville and Begala "stupid" "propagandists" and attacked Media Matters and the Center for American Progress as "[h]ired guns" who "are paid to smear people they disagree with." O'Reilly also defended Fox News' self-description as "fair and balanced" with a series of dubious or false claims.
Bill O'Reilly attacked Rosie O'Donnell for stating on September 22 that, despite O'Reilly's claims to the contrary, O'Reilly wasn't "that working class" while growing up because "[h]e went to the [high] school where all the rich Catholic kids went." O'Reilly called O'Donnell a "blithering fool" and announced that he would "tell her that to her face" during his upcoming appearance on ABC's The View, which O'Donnell co-hosts.
Many television news outlets touted a USA Today/Gallup poll putting President Bush's job approval rating at 44 percent as a success for Bush, asserting that his rating is "the highest it's been in a year." But four days earlier, the same news organizations ignored a Pew Research Center poll showing Bush's approval rating at 37 percent.