Last week a Republican did the unthinkable – he criticized Faux News.
Senator Tom Coburn was promptly called on the carpet by Bill O’Reilly – where O’Reilly used his favorite technique…
Climing his “researchers” searched the archives of Faux News for the statement in question…
And couldn’t find it. This typically puts the interviewee on the defensive, as few people can call off the top of their head exactly when and where they saw a simgle comment on TV.
O’Reilly lied – in what has become a pattern for him -
…Then, last night Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly raked Coburn over the coals for his comment about the network. O’Reilly said no one had ever appeared on Fox News and told viewers they would go to jail if they didn’t buy health insurance. “We researched on Fox News if anybody had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance. Nobody’s ever said it.”
Like Coburn, I was pretty sure I’d heard exactly this assertion numerous times on Fox News, so I did a quick search of their transcripts. Here’s what I found (emphasis mine):
YOUR WORLD WITH NEIL CAVUTO, November 13, 2009
REP. DAVE REICHERT (R), WASHINGTON: Well, you know, what I`m worried about is that we continue on with this — this whole idea that we’re going to pay for this bill by taxing people. So, now we’re going to tax their health insurance plans. On the House side, we have already passed a bill that taxes families, taxes small businesses, taxes medical devices for seniors and our special-needs community. And then we are also going to fine people and send them to jail. So, the bill just keeps getting worse and worse and worse. Every day that goes by…
CAVUTO: I understand, Congressman. (more…)