Sunday, March 1, 2015

Maybe O'Reilly actually believes his own false stories

What if Bill O'Reilly actually believes his own bullshit? Is it really possible to lie so often to so many people about so many things? Witnessing combat from 1,200 miles away. Witnessing protesters being killed when none were.  Rescuing a photographer who never was rescued. It's as if his entire adventure in Argentina was concocted by James Thurber. Except that Thurber was a humorist and O'Reilly is humorless.

O'Reilly claimed to have seen nuns murdered in El Salvador, only to backtrack and "clarify" that he saw pictures of the murdered nuns. Which is akin to my claiming to have walked on the moon, when a small child, only to clarify that I saw Apollo astronauts walk on the moon. On TV. O'Reilly claimed to have been attacked during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which his colleagues from the time dispute. Which seems to be part of a recurring pattern with all of O'Reilly's claims of daring and courage, whenever there was someone else around who witnessed or experienced the same events. Which means either there's a conspiracy to discredit O'Reilly, among disparate professional reporters from different news organizations, from different parts of the world, from different eras. Or else O'Reilly is a habitual liar. Or else O'Reilly has told so many lies to so many people for so many years that even he can't remember what's real and what isn't. Or maybe he really needs to believe his alternate reality.

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