Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mother Jones Urges Bill O'Reilly To Apologize For 'Violent' Remark After Falklands War Claims Scrutinized

NEW YORK -- Mother Jones has called on Fox News host Bill O'Reilly to apologize for the "violent tone" of his response to the magazine challenging his recollection of covering the Falklands War. 

In a Friday letter to Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine and a network spokeswoman, Mother Jones co-editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein said they "welcome criticism," but that O'Reilly's suggestion that Washington editor David Corn deserves "'to be in the kill zone' crosses a line."

"Like everyone in media today, we are concerned about the safety of our staff," they wrote. "We'd have hoped that statements with this kind of violent tone would not come from a fellow media professional." 

Mother Jones urged O'Reilly to apologize on air Friday night, but according to a transcript released that afternoon, the Fox News host did not and continued taking aim at the report, which he decried as "a political hit job." In a brief Friday afternoon statement, O'Reilly described "kill zone" as "simply a slang expression."

O'Reilly called Corn "a liar" and "despicable guttersnipe" the previous night after Mother Jones reported that the Fox News host has a "Brian Williams problem," a reference to the embattled NBC News anchor, whose claim he came under rocket-propelled grenade fire in Iraq proved false.

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