In attempting to discredit an Indiana University study about Bill O'Reilly's name-calling, Ron Mitchell, producer of The O'Reilly Factor, claimed that "the researchers admit they had to make several changes to their 'coding instrument' ... until the results fit the preconceived notion of name-calling on the Factor." In fact, the changes were done in pre-testing in order to deliver accurate results for the study, not to make O'Reilly look worse.
On Fox News, Bill O'Reilly alleged a sinister link between Media Matters for America and Sen. Ted Kennedy. Discussing an email he said he received from Kennedy's office, O'Reilly said: "So, obviously, Kennedy sent that thing to us and shot it over to Media Matters." In fact, Media Matters cites materials from a variety of places as relevant, though in this case, it did not "duplicate" an email from Kennedy's office, but rather debunked an assertion O'Reilly made by providing transcript and video from a 2006 edition of The O'Reilly Factor and pointing to a 2006 fact sheet from Kennedy's office regarding immigration.
On his Fox News program, Bill O'Reilly claimed that George Soros has built a "complicated political operation" in which "Soros and a few other wealthy radicals who help him are funneling money into the political process" by funding Media Matters, which "feeds its propaganda to some mainstream media people." In fact, Soros has never given money to Media Matters, either directly or through another organization.