While discussing immigration, Bill O'Reilly claimed that Cardinal Roger Mahony opposes a recently passed House immigration bill because he "knows he'll get those people in church when he doesn't have anybody in church anymore." O'Reilly also attacked Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, saying that "the Ted Kennedys of the world" favor immigration "because they know they'll get the lion's share of those votes."
After the contentious exchange between Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas and President Bush during Bush's March 21 press conference, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and several other conservative commentators rushed to attack Thomas. O'Reilly accused her of "hat[ing] Bush and try[ing] to undermine everything he does," and even suggesting that if he were Bush, he "would have laid her out." Several other conservative media figures -- including Jonah Goldberg, Fred Barnes, Glenn Beck, and Tucker Carlson -- have followed suit, sometimes with highly personal attacks.
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) supports "things most Christians do not, i.e., partial birth abortion." In fact, Clinton has consistently said she would support a ban on late-term abortions so long as there were exceptions to protect the health and life of the pregnant woman.
President Bush and senior aides have claimed that Americans are increasingly disillusioned about the Iraq war because the mainstream media report only the violent and tragic events occurring there -- an accusation that has simultaneously been advanced by an array of conservative media figures.
Bill O'Reilly called NBC "the most anti-Bush network" -- even more so, he said, than "ABC, CNN, and CBS." Yet, despite characterizing NBC as "the most anti-Bush network" in television, O'Reilly himself has appeared on NBC's Today show at least eight times since November 2001.
Bill O'Reilly repeatedly accused the "heavily liberal" media of "looking to undermine" the Bush administration "for their own ideological purposes." O'Reilly also declared that "with the rise of the internet" the "far left now dominates the liberal agenda. ... To these Kool-Aid drinkers, no personal attack is out of bounds, no distortion too dishonest to use. They're all about the end justifying the means."
While discussing New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn's decision to boycott Manhattan's St. Patrick's Day parade due to the decision by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to ban the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization (ILGO) from marching, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly attacked Quinn, calling ILGO's potential participation in the parade "inappropriate." O'Reilly stated: "You have your Gay Day Parade. You have your Stonewall celebration. You have your Halloween deal, OK? You don't need this."
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of the daily Christian radio show The Albert Mohler Program, defended Pat Robertson's recent claim that Muslims are "motivated by demonic power," and expanded on Robertson's comments, saying: "Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether it's Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power."
Bill O'Reilly attacked St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown Jr., falsely claiming that Brown's column "took information from a far-left smear website, which routinely distorts comments from anyone the site doesn't like," adding that Brown "knows that, but prints the dishonest garbage anyway." In fact, as Brown noted in his column, Media Matters for America compiled a montage of O'Reilly clips demonstrating that, despite his claims to the contrary, O'Reilly routinely engages in personal attacks.
In describing what would happen if the Democrats took control of the House, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, appearing on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, said "you can expect two years of all-out investigations, attacks, anything they can bring to bear." What Gingrich didn't say is that prior to the 1994 elections, he reportedly vowed, "Washington just can't imagine a world in which Republicans would have subpoena power," and he delivered.
Bill O'Reilly argued that a New York Times article -- which disclosed that Iraqi military leaders had assumed Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction -- vindicated President Bush. He declared that "those people who accused President Bush of lying about WMDs owe him an apology" and proceeded to present a "liar list" that included numerous Democratic and progressive critics of the war. In fact, the Times revelation does nothing to undermine these critics' argument -- that Bush downplayed or outright ignored the intelligence community's doubts about Iraq's weapon capability in presenting the case for war.
Fox News political analyst Dick Morris claimed that there is no civil war coming to Iraq because "when Iraqi politicians negotiate over the coalition of their cabinet, they bomb each other's mosques."
Focus on the Family's James C. Dobson accused Harper's Magazine of "say[ing] the most crazy things" for reporting that he is "in favor of people who want to execute abortionists." In fact, Dobson has endorsed at least two political candidates, Randall Terry and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who have expressed support for executing "abortionists."
Once again denying that he engages in "personal attacks," Bill O'Reilly defined his use of the word "villain" as "a designation based upon provable facts" rather than a personal attack; he also defended his use of the term "pinhead" as "a casual expression we use to amuse."