Is Bill O’Reilly Really A Stand Up Guy on the Birth Certificate Issue?
On Monday night Bill O’Reilly began covering the Obama birth certificate controversy in the vane of analyzing Lou Dobbs’ coverage of the issue. Bill O’Reilly made it clear that he does not agree with those who believe that President Obama was not born in Hawaii. O’Reilly also pointed out that Lou Dobbs does not agree with the “Birthers.” Bill O’Reilly defended Lou Dobbs’ right to cover the issue on Lou’s television program. As a result, Lou Dobbs stated that he does “appreciate Bill O’Reilly being a stand up guy” found in this video at the 1:42 mark. But is Bill O’Reilly really a stand up guy on the birth certificate issue?
In the same program where Bill O’Reilly defended Lou Dobbs, he disengenuously used the issue to tout his own program and investigation regarding the birth certificate issue. During the “Impact Segment” on his program that night he made the following comments which are all distortions of the issue which further fuel the “Birthers” and their birth certificate issue movement:
The Factor investigated it [the birth certificate issue], found out it’s bogus. (:15 seconds into the video)
Alright again, we found that uh President Obama was born in Hawaii. We uh were sent the documents and what are you going to do? I don’t know why it’s still around? That was more than a year ago. (:40)
So if he’s [Lou Dobbs is] going to go out there and push a story that is patently absurd. It is. It’s an absurd story. (1:58)
What exactly did the factor do to investigate the birth certificate? Later in the same program Bill O’Reilly stated something to the effect that the factor had contacted Hawaii and Hawaii had sent The Factor the birth certificate. I can’t link to the video of this statement because it was in the “Reality Check” segment of the program and has not yet been posted online for review. I have contacted Fox News to attempt to get a transcript of this portion of the program so that I can cite the words he used verbatim, but again they were something along the lines of Hawaii sent us a copy of the birth certificate. Talk about absurd. Mr. O’Reilly is flat out lying to his audience. If The Factor had contacted Hawaii for a copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, they would have received the exact same answer from Hawaii that everyone else has received when attempting to get a copy of the birth certificate that under Hawaii privacy laws, the State of Hawaii is not at liberty to release it.
So why does Bill O’Reilly portray himself and his program as some investigative authority on the birth certificate issue? Bill O’Reilly claims to be in the business of “looking out for the folks.” Yet, on Monday night, Bill O’Reilly obfuscated the birth certificate issue, spun a narrative on this issue of investigative journalism in “the no spin zone” and at the end of his program outright lied to his audience. It is this type of media coverage that Bill O’Reilly participated in on his Monday night program that continues to add fuel to the controversy of the birth certificate issue. So much for Bill O’Reilly being a stand up guy.
Written by KJ Kaufman
July 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm
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