Correction appended, Feb. 20
Bill O’Reilly says there’s no truth to the claim that he exaggerated his experiences reporting on the Falklands War in the 1980s.
Mother Jones published an article Thursday titled “Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem,” arguing that the Fox News host has misled the public about his experience reporting on the Falklands conflict between the U.K. and Argentina in 1982. O’Reilly has misrepresented his location while covering the Falklands conflict, the Mother Jones story contends. O’Reilly covered the campaign from Buenos Aires.
But O’Reilly says he has never said he was in the Falklands, the Washington Post reports. The Fox News star said in an interview that he has always been clear he was in the Argentine capital when that country surrendered, noting, “Troops fired at the crowd. I was in the middle of that carnage.” He called the article “a slander” and one of its authors, David Corn, “a liar” and “a guttersnipe.”
In response, David Corn told the Post, “It’s easier to call someone a liar or a guttersnipe than to answer the question.”
Correction: The original version of this article misstated the countries that participated in the Falklands War. It was the U.K. and Argentina.