Bill O'Reilly's CBS colleague speaks out about Falklands War
Buenos Aires was neither a “war zone” nor a “combat situation” after Argentina surrendered to Britain in the Falklands War, says one of Bill O’Reilly’s former colleagues at CBS who was with him in the capital at the time.
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One of Bill O'Reilly's former CBS colleagues is joining the conversation about his war reporting claims.
According to an article in Mother Jones Magazine, the Fox News host has repeatedly claimed he reported in an active war zone in 1982 during the Falklands War between the U.K. and Argentina. O'Reilly was working for CBS at the time - and was in Buenos Aires and did do some reporting on the war but not anywhere near the conflict zone itself.
Retired CBS correspondent Eric Jon Engberg took to Facebook to "provide some eyewitness information on this matter" because he was there with O'Reilly and other staffers at the time...and unfortunately for O'Reilly, he didn't have his back.
"To begin with 'covering' is an overstatement of what we were doing. [David] Corn is correct in pointing out that the Falkland Islands, where the combat between Great Britain and Argentina took place, was a thousand miles away from Buenos Aires," Engberg wrote.
"Our knowledge of the war was restricted to what we could glean from comically deceitful daily briefings given by the Argentine military and watching government-controlled television to try to pick up a useful clue from propaganda broadcasts. We -- meaning the American networks -- were all in the same, modern hotel and we never saw any troops, casualties or weapons. It was not a war zone or even close. It was an 'expense account zone.'"
He also questioned O'Reilly's claim that he was quote "pretty much by myself because the other CBS News correspondents were hiding in the hotel."
"If he said such a thing it is an absolute lie. Everyone was working in the street that night, the crews exhibiting their usual courage," Engberg wrote. "O'Reilly was the one person who behaved unprofessionally and without regard for the safety of the camera crew he was leading."
O'Reilly has responded furiously to the Mother Jones article, saying the story is a "giant piece of defamation" and "a lie." He even called one of the writers, David Corn, a "disgusting piece of garbage" and a "far-left assassin."