After coming under fire for saying that NBC ignored the leaked Justice Department memo on drones, even though they were the ones that broke the story, Bill O’Reilly said he would address his remarks in a show that aired Thursday night.
Instead of retracting his claim, which was clearly erroneous, he attacked his critics in a bizarre denial of what he actually said.
O’Reilly went on to fervently explain how he was a victim of “more deceit from the far left,” saying that “these loons have been trying to marginalize me” ever since he’s been on the air. He rationalized why he wasn’t actually wrong about NBC News not covering the story, even though they broke it.
“Last night, I talked with Bob Beckel about the difference in analysis on the subject of waterboarding as compared to killing people with drones. 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.”
Watch the O’Reilly segment below.