Bill O’Reilly of Fox News attacking Senator Coburn for dis’ing Fox News.
Of course O’Reilly attempted some spin control right away, notice the very carefully worded denial and the carefully edited sound bites.
As Huffington Post describes it:
“Ohhh, I get it! Very clever, Bill. I guess you win. Except for just a few things:
1) In the original exchange on Tuesday night with Senator Coburn (the full, unedited version of which you can watch here), O’Reilly didn’t say “We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance… during the time that the final Obamacare bill was being debated. Nobody’s ever said it… during the time that the final Obamacare bill was being debated.” No, what O’Reilly said was: “We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance. Nobody’s ever said it.”
2) While most of the clips in our highlight reel were indeed from the fall of 2009, two of them — Rush Limbaugh speaking on “Fox & Friends”, and Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” — were from February and March of 2010, the time referred to by O’Reilly as “the final bill debate.” So even if we ignore point 1, O’Reilly’s still wrong.
3) Of course, the original claim put forward by Fox News all those times back in the fall of 2009 was itself a lie. Factcheck.org debunked it back in November.”
Give it up guys,