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O'Reilly Being Questioned Over His Coverage of The Falklands War

In the wake of the Brian Williams scandal, it seems that other popular news anchors are not immune. A former colleague of Bill O'Reilly accused him of lying about his war reporting experience in Argentina after the Falklands War. Retired CBS correspondent, Eric Engberg, who worked with O'Reilly in Buenos Aires at the time says the scene at the capital was a lot less dangerous than O'Reilly described. Engberg says, “It wasn’t a combat situation by any sense of the word that I know. [O’Reilly] is trying to build it up into a more frightening and deadly situation than it was.” On top of that, left-leaning magazine Mother Jones published an article questioning his claim that he, "reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands" and "survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands War.”

Engberg dived further by stating, “I don’t know of any American foreign correspondent who had a weapon pointed at him. I didn’t hear any gunfire. Not only did I not hear any gunfire, as I say, I didn’t hear any sirens.” In O'Reilly's favor, news reports at the time do describe police firing guns, throwing tear gas and firing rubber bullets in response to rioters breaking windows and throwing sticks. O'Reilly also addressed the charges on Fox News' "Media Buzz" by saying, “All the CBS correspondents that were there were sent to cover the Falklands War … that was the description of what our job was. When you have soldiers and military police firing into the crowd as The New York Times reports and you have people injured and hurt and you’re in the middle of that -- that’s the definition [of combat]. This is such a smear it’s unbelievable." A Fox News spokesperson says Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and senior management are " in full support of Bill O'Reilly."

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