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Hugh Hewitt Interrogates Bill O'Reilly On War Reporting

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15:  Bill O'Reilly, host of FOX's 'The O'Reilly Factor' at FOX Studios on December 15, 2011 in New Yo
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Bill O'Reilly, host of FOX's 'The O'Reilly Factor' at FOX Studios on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

"This is a political hit piece," O'Reilly said on the syndicated radio show, referring to the report from Mother Jones editor David Corn that first raised the allegations.

O'Reilly has said in the past 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." Corn pointed out that O'Reilly was in Buenos Aires after the Falklands War, and that American reporters were unable to reach the islands at the time.

The controversy seems to turn on whether riots O'Reilly experienced in Buenos Aires after Argentina's forces in the Falklands surrendered to Britain count as having reported from a "war zone" and constitute a "combat situation."

"Would you consider a riot a general combat definition?” Hewitt asked O'Reilly.

“Yeah, when it’s in a war setting, of course,” O'Reilly responded.

Reports from Buenos Aires after the Falklands War show rioters breaking windows and throwing stones and sticks. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and clubs. There were no reported fatalities.

O'Reilly said he plans to address the charges on "The O'Reilly Factor" Friday evening.

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