Bill O'Reilly and Lies
_Featured_, Controlled Media, Videos Monday, July 16th, 2012 "> On the O’Reilly Factor program aired by Fox News on July 9, in a discussion with media expert Bernard Goldberg regarding mainstream media’s coverage of President Barack Obama, Bill O’Reilly admits that mainstream media lies to the American people, stating “many in the media, powerful people, don’t want to tell the truth to the people, because it’s more important to them to get their ideology in play than to let the folks know what the truth is.”
GOLDBERG: You said in the “Talking Points” that, if Barack Obama got his way and taxes went up on the wealthy, the top 1 or 2 percent of the wage earners in this country, that would provide enough income, I think you said, for 8 and a half days, right?
GOLDBERG: OK. Do you think that’s going to be on page one of the New York Times tomorrow? That’s a very important fact. Because that shows that what Barack Obama said today has nothing to do with economics…
O’REILLY: Yes, it’s a ruse. Right. Absolute ruse.
GOLDBERG: … and everything to do with politics. So let’s see if the New York Times pays any attention tomorrow.
O’REILLY: It’s not going to run on any front page of any liberal newspaper, and it’s not going to be taken into account by the liberal economists, because they don’t want to tell the people the truth.
And I think this is — Bernie and I, and I’m speaking for Bernie now and he can correct me in a moment if I’m wrong. What Bernie and I are trying to get across with this media segment every week is that many in the media, powerful people, don’t want to tell the truth to the people. Because it’s more important to them to get their ideology in play than to let the folks know what the truth is. And that’s a total change from what the American media was 30, 40 years ago.
GOLDBERG: Yes. That’s pretty close to my position, except I don’t know if you’re suggesting that they consciously wake up in the morning and say, “I’m going to try to help Barack Obama.”
O’REILLY: No, they don’t do that. But they consciously wake up in the morning and they say, “I’m not going to report things that make my ideology look bad.”
GOLDBERG: I don’t know if they consciously say it.
O’REILLY: Oh, I do. I think.
GOLDBERG: But they do it. They do it.
Look, can I give you another — you like facts. Let me give you another example. There’s a piece in the current edition of The Weekly Standard by a very smart fellow named Pete Wehner, who’s on FOX from time to time. I’m going to just give you five facts. Just five.
Fact No. 1, as a candidate, Barack Obama promised to create five million new energy jobs alone. Just 5 million energy jobs.
Fact No. 2, he claimed that, by the end of the first term, his healthcare plan, would quote, “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family.”
Fact No. 3, he guaranteed that his financial rescue plan would help stop foreclosures.
Fact No. 4, in the first year of his presidency, he pledged, quote, “to cut the deficit we inherited in the half by the end of my first term in office.”
Fact No. 5, he said he would, quote, “lift two million Americans from poverty” and, quote, “jolt our economy back to life.”
Have you seen that any place in the mainstream media? That Barack Obama has failed to deliver on his promises?
O’REILLY: No. Nobody has put that in. Except for The Weekly Standard, nobody has brought that up. But all politicians make promises, and few deliver, to be fair.
GOLDBERG: Yes. But it’s one thing to promise vaguely, “I promise you hope and change.” These are very specific promises.
Listen, the same mainstream media that put Mitt Romney’s stupid stunt while he was teenager in high school all over page one and on several jump pages, and the same mainstream media that put on page one Ann Romney’s horse thing, you know, where she rides horses, which is a very expensive hobby, they found enough time and space to devote to that. Why can’t they find time to devote to this?
O’REILLY: Because they want President Obama to be reelected. As simple as that.
GOLDBERG: It is. It really is.
O’REILLY: All right. Bernie, thank you.