Monday, June 02, 2003

O'Reilly's Peabody

O'Reilly 8/30/99:

Carlos Salinas, Dallas: "Mr. O'Reilly, how dare you look down on the 'Cheaters' show with your smug smile? If I remember right, you used to do the same thing on 'A Current Affair'."

You are wrong, Mr. Salinas. I anchored a program called "Inside Edition," which has won a Peabody Award for investigative reporting, and did nothing remotely resembling "Cheaters," OK?

O'Reilly 3/2/2001

Al Franken, our pal, called me a liar because I misidentified a Polk Award as a Peabody Award. It was a simple mistake that, apparently, has Al in a tizzy.

O'Reilly 3/13/2001

O'REILLY: I'll give you an example. Guy says about me, couple of weeks ago, O'Reilly said he won a Peabody Award. Never said it. You can't find a transcript where I said it. You -- there is no one on earth you could bring in that would say I said it.

Robert Reno in "Newsday," a columnist, writes it in his column, calls me a liar, all right? And it's totally fabricated. That's attack journalism. It's dishonest, it's disgusting, and it hurts reputations.

WOLFF: It's also incorrect journalism, if it's wrong...

O'REILLY: It is wrong.