Bill O’Reilly Wasn’t Always For Justices Recusing Themselves

“These ladies have to recuse themselves,” an indignant Bill O’Reilly proclaimed on his Fox News show recently. “I’m shocked they haven’t done it already.”

The “ladies” he was referring to were Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, both of whom have officiated same-sex weddings in the past. O’Reilly wants the two justices to remove themselves from a group of pending cases challenging anti-gay marriage discrimination.

That would give the justices who dissented in the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down such discrimination at the federal level a 4-3 majority — most likely changing the outcome of the case.

O’Reilly’s attempt to pressure justices who are likely to support equality off a major gay rights case is not a new strategy. The American Family Association (AFA), a leading anti-gay group, called for both justices to recuse the very same day that the Court announced that it was taking up marriage equality last January.

As Media Matters mentions, O’Reilly felt quite differently about the standards of recusal in 2006, when he claimed that only the “nutty left” wanted Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.

That was a case brought by a Guantánamo Bay prisoner who argued that his detention after 9/11 violated his rights under military and international law.

On March 8, 2006, just weeks before the Court heard oral arguments in Hamdan, Scalia gave a speech in Switzerland, where he asserted that people who had been designated as enemy combatants — like the prisoner in the Hamdan case — could not enforce their rights in federal court.

According to a report from Michael Isikoff who broke the story for Newsweek, Scalia stated that “War is war, and it has never been the case that when you captured a combatant you have to give them a jury trial in your civil courts … Give me a break.”

In response to an audience member who asked whether detainees had rights under the Geneva Convention  – one of the exact issues raised in Hamdan – Scalia replied, “I’m not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it’s crazy.”

Isikoff stated, “[t]he comments provoked ‘quite an uproar'” because the case hadn’t been heard yet, but Scalia had “already spoken his mind about some of the issues in the matter.”

Quoting Stephen Gillers, a professor of law and legal ethics expert, Isikoff added: “As these things mount, a legitimate question could be asked about whether he is compromising the credibility of the court.”

Yet on the March 28, 2006, edition of The Radio Factor, O’Reilly pushed back on the “legitimate question” of recusal, even though he admitted the comments indicated “Scalia’s not going to vote for civilian trials for terrorists.”

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O’Reilly States Beckel Out Due To Back Surgery

The topic of Bob Beckel’s absence from The Fox program The Five made its way to The O’Reilly Factor Thursday night when Bill O’Reilly fielded a question from a viewer on his whereabouts.

In response to a viewer named Gloria Caruso from Buffalo, New York who wrote, “I have been trying to find out what happened to Bob Beckel,” O’Reilly said simply, “He had back surgery, Gloria.”

Beckel has not been seen on The Five for more than 9 weeks and gave a similar explanation on Twitter early last month. The Five’s Greg Gutfeld later confirmed the date of Beckel’s surgery on March 26th.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly Spar Over The Same Guest, Leads To Tension

Things got a bit awkward on The O’Reilly Factor when Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly talked about her scoring an interview with a guest before O’Reilly.

Recently, Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart saw students at Valdosta State University stepping all over the American flag and intervened.  She grabbed the flag and argued with protesters and ended up being detained by the police (but was not officially arrested).

Megyn Kelly’s show landed an interview with Manhart, but O’Reilly apparently did not.

Kelly was on O’Reilly’s show talking about the matter, and O’Reilly shared the suspicion his producers had that Manhart was seeking out publicity (after Kelly brought up a Playboy shoot Manhart did with the flag). O’Reilly told Kelly that’s why they “gave the interview to her show.”

Kelly, keeping things light, said, “You didn’t give it to me… We booked her before you tried to book her.”

They were both pleasant and appeared to be teasing, but the tension was palpable.

Extended TYT Discussion About Fox News’ Host Bill O’Reilly’s Lies And Fabrications

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TYT Network discusses Bill O’Reilly’s lies and fabrications regarding his war stories.

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Fox News Chairman Ailes On Brian Williams: ‘I’d Put Him Back’

Recently, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Fox News’ Chairman Roger Ailes, and near the end of the interview, the Hollywood Reporter asked him about the return of NBC News chairman Andy Lack, and that led to talk about NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

Ailes spoke of Andy Lack and then commented on anchor Brian Williams, who was put on a hiatus by NBC due to falsifying accounts of his time in the Iraq war and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

“Andy is a smart guy,” said Ailes.  “He’s going to work on several problems at the same time. That in and of itself will make a difference. He’s got to make the right call on Brian Williams. I’d put Brian back.”

This makes total sense, because – as Mother Jones, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Media Matters, and CNN have shown – Fox News’ own Bill O’Reilly has been caught numerous times in his own lies / fabrications / exaggerations, and O’Reilly never suffered any consequences.


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Does The President Favor Muslims Over Christians?

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Right-wing Fox News host Bill O’Reilly complained that it “feels” like the President is being more skeptical of Christianity than of Islam.  O’Reilly said that liberal Americans have been the aggressors in “demonizing” those who “oppose their vision.”  But which side wants to discriminate or withhold services from the other?

Bill O’Reilly Talks About His Own Movie As News

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Recently, on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program “The Factor,” the news O’Reilly talked about was…his own book and movie.

He defended allegations that his book was a “Tea Party version” of Jesus’ life (per the British newspaper The Guardian).

Here is the full paragraph from The Guardian:

“These specials usually put O’Reilly’s patented conservative slant on retellings of history, something that wouldn’t really sit well with Christians. The book fell into this trap, presenting salacious detail about Christ’s death and a Tea Party version of the son of God. Some claimed it was inaccurate (a recent charge against some of O’Reilly’s reporting, too). And the criticism isn’t only coming from the left. The movie was not without controversy among some conservative Christians for another reason: the man cast to play Jesus, Haaz Sleiman, was raised Muslim.”


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Funny: Bill O’Reilly Won’t Admit That Obama Got Bin Laden

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Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly recently said, “there is not one accomplishment of President Obama’s foreign policy,” according to MediaITE.

When Democratic strategist Jessica Ehrlich pointed to the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Fox host replied that Obama had “nothing to do with that,” and that the May 2, 2011, raid on the terrorist leader’s Pakistani compound was the result of “U.S. intel and the Navy SEALS saying ‘Take him out.’”

Leonard Pitts On Whether Fox News Treats Employees Differently Than Other News Groups

According to Wikipedia, Leonard Pitts, Jr. is an American commentator, journalist and novelist.  He is a nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.  Pitts wrote a column recently on the Bill O’Reilly controversy (and cover-up) about his exaggerations.


“Last month, when NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ career imploded as he was caught in a high-profile, self-aggrandizing lie, I suggested in this space that there would be much less angst or fallout if someone from Fox News were caught lying.”

Since then, Mother Jones ran a story questioning Bill O’Reilly’s claim to have been in the combat zone in the Falkland Islands while covering that war for CBS.   Other news organizations have reported other questionable assertions by O’Reilly, including the claim that O’Reilly was outside of the home of an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald when the associate shot himself.

O’Reilly dismissed Mother Jones as the “bottom rung of journalism in America,” and called the reporter David Corn a “liar,” an “irresponsible guttersnipe,” a “far-left zealot” and “dumb.”

Other instances of questionable claims include O’Reilly saying that he witnessed the execution of a group of American nuns in El Salvador that happened in 1980, even though O’Reilly apparently did not reach El Salvador until 1981, and he “saw photos” of the incident.

In his book, “Keep it Pithy,” O’Reilly states that he saw “Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs.”  Fox News itself denied that comment, according to the Chicago Tribune.

O’Reilly has claimed he was “attacked by protesters” while covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots for “Inside Edition,” but former colleagues say he is exaggerating an incident where an angry man took a piece of rubble to a camera.

Bill O’Reilly’s Response To The Coverage Of His Untruths

Bill O’Reilly gave a response to the coverage of his untruths and exaggerations – by not addressing them.

Instead, he showed his ratings and polls, which prove that his audience is loyal.  But is his audience right?

He did not address the substance of the accusations.

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