Like him or not, Bill O’Reilly is an influential person. He has been a major contributor to the Fox News Network for decades. He is known personally and professionally by all the movers and shakers in the world of Journalism and Television.
This man is being roasted over an open fire for his claims of time in combat and for having witnessed events it is said he did not. Former associates and people who touted they were always anti-O’Reilly are talking about this…NOW.
Bill O’Reilly made these claims years even decades ago, but no one disputed the claims…THEN. They stayed silent and let him carry on. Other journalists are reporting they knew several of the stories were fabricated, but there are some problems with this. The former associates or others may have an ax to grind with O’Reilly. Many of these revelations are first reported by News Agencies which are known for “paying for a story”, taking a benign story and giving it negative connotations or sometimes soliciting “paid to lie” exposés. Either the O’Reilly accusers are lying now or they lied then, by omission.
In most cases the lies like Brian Williams of NBC were self-serving to enhance his “street cred”. However, it looks as if some of Bill O’Reilly’s tales may have done serious harm to one or more person’s ability to earn a living, move about comfortably in their normal environment and perhaps endangered their lives. He is not the first Journalist who may have caused this kind of situation with his story telling and he is not alone by any means.
If you were to research deeply enough you may find an article or two from other Media sources who at the time supported even concurred with Mr. O’Reilly’s claims.
If these allegations are true then it shows a double standard which prevails in our News & Information arena. Ignore or close ranks around one of their own, even when they do wrong and throw everyone else under the bus.
Our worldwide Media is inhabited by imperfect people, some who lie. They lie to the public for personal gain of all kinds. They present themselves to the public as the voice of reason, honesty and moral good.
I am not expecting perfection; however they do lie, sometimes with disastrous results. Misrepresentations, justifications for promoting false impressions that influence our perceptions which cause faulty judgments and possible untoward acts on persons are theirs.
This editorial is not a condemnation of Bill O’Reilly, but of our Media. It is a roast for every person who calls themselves Journalist or information Provider and reported falsely without checking facts or failed to report corrections; reported false stories with the intent to do harm or has taken part in activities which were criminal.
Even now our Media skillfully dodges any reports about which US Journalists and News agencies may have been involved in the hacking and official bribing scandal.
The purpose of the First Amendment Right was to allow our Media to report wrong doing without fear of reprisal. It was not created to use this “Right” to do wrong without reprisal or punishment.
In order for a field which employs or provides a living to hundreds of thousands who purport themselves as servants of reliable and credible information our Media will have to do a lot better to regain our trust and respect.
By: S. Kendrick – a.k.a. Dial Dancer 2/27/2015
(This editorial is the views of its writer. It does not reflect the views of all of the Members & Supporters of AdLLaw)