A Bill O’Reilly nun story from old reporting he did for CBS News as a foreign news correspondent back in 1981. According to CNN, there’s now questions being raised about whether the FOX News pundit actually “saw nuns get shot in the back of the head” while in El Salvador.
Media Matters is heavily scrutinizing Bill O’Reilly for fabricated or exaggerated claims in his position as a conservative news host. The source has come up with two videos in which O’Reilly discusses the murders. One of them had to do with how his mother reacted to him when he told her he saw nuns getting shot in the back of the head. He said she couldn’t “process” such a thing.
The polarizing figure never elaborated on when or where he saw the nuns get killed during the civil war in El Salvador.
The nun story is comes off as suspicious to Media Matters after O’Reilly writes in his book, “The No Spin Zone,” that he began reporting in El Salvador for CBS News a year after the massacre occurred, which was in 1980.
The second time Media Matters alleges Bill O’Reilly’s nun story is questionable has to do with what he said Wednesday. He said reporters in El Salvador were shown “depictions of nuns who were murdered” … adding that the comment was made on the tragic day of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s massacre back in 2012.
O’Reilly said: “While in El Salvador, reporters were shown horrendous images of violence that were never broadcast, including depictions of nuns who were murdered. The mention of the nuns on my program came the day of the Newtown massacre (December 14, 2012). The segment was about evil and how hard it is for folks to comprehend it.”
“I used the murdered nuns as an example of that evil. That’s what I am referring to when I say ‘I saw nuns get shot in the back of the head.’ No one could possibly take that segment as reporting on El Salvador.”
A FOX News spokesman defends O’Reilly and the ongoing criticism against him.
“Bill O’Reilly has already addressed several claims leveled against him. This is nothing more than an orchestrated campaign by far left advocates Mother Jones and Media Matters. Responding to the unproven accusation du jour has become an exercise in futility. FOX News maintains its staunch support of O’Reilly, who is no stranger to calculated onslaughts.”
Media Matters maintains that it keeps a watchful eye on the accuracy of conservative news reporting. Bill O’Reilly’s nun story is just the latest they’re digging up and analyzing.