Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in in the midst of a public relations nightmare after Mother Jones reported that he had mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience while working for CBS during the 1982 Falklands War.
So far, Fox News is digging in its heels as well, offering their full support to Bill O’Reilly even though 7 reporters from CBS, who were in Argentina with O’Reilly at the time, have come forward to confirm the report by Mother Jones.
However, all that may be coming to an end as it appears that O’Reilly has threatened New York Time reporter Emily Steel.
In a tweet posted late Monday, Steel said that O’Reilly threatened to retaliate against her, tweeting that he told her “I am coming after you with everything I have,” and “You can take it as a threat.”
Regarding David Corn and Motherjones, O’Reilly addressed the article at the top of his show tonight, telling viewers he is the victim of a “smear” campaign by a “low circulation” publication that is “considered by many the bottom rung of journalism in America.”
He’s referring to the Mother Jones article published yesterday, “Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem,” that drew comparisons between O’Reilly’s description of his work covering wars for CBS News and Williams, who was suspended by NBC News for six months
On his show tonight, O’Reilly blasted Corn for writing “that I hammered Brian Williams, when everyone knows, I went out of my way on Kimmel and The Factor to be compassionate to the man.”
Corn responded that O’Reilly also “decried the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other “distortions” by left-leaning outlets.”
This morning, the editors in chief at Mother Jones sent an email/letter to Fox News EVP Programming Bill Shine and one of the network’s communications execs, saying it is concerned for the safety of the author after O’Reilly called for him to be “in the kill zone.”
O’Reilly today responded, “It’s simply a slang expression.”
Will Billo the clown survive this P.R. nightmare, or is Fox News already bottom rung enough for this.