On his Thursday show, Bill O'Reilly slammed what he called "far left loons" who accused him of getting his facts wrong earlier in the week.
On Wednesday, O'Reilly (along with guest Bob Beckel) said that he had seen "nothing" about President Obama's controversial drone program on NBC in recent days — despite the fact that it was NBC which broke the latest news about the program, thus providing O'Reilly with a reason to bash NBC for its subservience to Obama.
Multiple websites (including this one) pointed out this flub, and O'Reilly promised to address the matter on Thursday.
And address it he did! "More deceit from the far left!" he boomed at the end of his show. "For 17 long years, these loons have been trying to marginalize me."
“Now, last night, I talked with Bob Beckel about the difference in analysis on the subject of waterboarding as compared to killing people with drones, a policy that President Obama embraces. I put forth that NBC News and other media places, they were hysterical over waterboarding, but muted over President Obama’s drone attacks, at least until yesterday.
Immediately, the far left machine cranked up! 'O’Reilly didn’t say that NBC News broke the drone memo story. He’s a deceiver!' True! I didn’t say NBC broke the memo story because we weren’t talking about that. Waterboarding versus drone strikes. So once again, we have a propaganda campaign designed to make ignorant people on the left even more ignorant. Factor Tip Of The Day: Don't deal with loons."
As one of the "loony" places noting the discrepancy between O'Reilly's words and the facts, we feel compelled to point some things out.
Here's how O'Reilly put it to Bob Beckel on Wednesday: "Heard anything on NBC about the drones? ... You haven't heard anything over there about this, neither have I, neither has my staff ... we heard a lot about waterboarding, but nothing about drone strikes." Note that the words "analysis" never appear.
Again, NBC broke the story, and both NBC and MSNBC had lots of coverage about the story. So, even O'Reilly's claim about a lack of analysis is not quite true, though he is certainly not the first to point out the discrepancy between some liberals' heated disdain for Bush-era policies and their embrace of Obama-era ones.