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Saturday, May 17, 2003  

The O'Reilly Facts

A fairly interesting development over on Eschaton, from a post this morning. Recalling a quote from Bill O'Reilly pre-war, Atrios posted:

"'If we don't find weapons of mass destruction in a week....allright?...and tons of them...I'll apologize to the American people...hell, I'll resign.'

"(not 100% on this quote, so if anyone can verify it that'd be great. He has said he'd have to apologize if no WMDS are found, but I can't find the 'resign' part.)"

No sooner posted than his intrepid readers were on the case. Jim E. struck first. Quotoing from transcripts of an April 22 show:

O'REILLY: Colonel, if weapons of mass destruction aren't found, your reputation, my reputation -- because I will have to apologize because I bought into it, I bought into it -- and out of a scale 1 to 10, 10 is the best, how certain are you that we're going to find these weapons of mass destruction?
MAGINNIS: There's a 10 there, Bill.

[A little later in the conversation]:
O'REILLY: Real fast, Colonel, any prediction of when something is going to happen on your part? Real fast.

MAGINNIS: In the next two weeks, we are going to have many hundreds of people in there. I would say within a month, we will have a lot of..

O'REILLY: All right, a month from today, we'll do this story again, and then we have it on tape. Gentlemen, thanks very much. Very interesting

Next was Elvis56, who's started a website to track O'Reilly's backtracks. Next, it was Mbrolio who sussed out a transcript of O'Reilly's vanity column Talking Points Memo, with this nice quote:

"But the leaders of those organizations have to be held accountable. If no weapons of mass destruction are found in Iraq, President Bush must fire the men and women who misled him. There's no spinning this. Americans have a right to know exactly why we went to war and the entire WMD scenario. Talking Points believes the President should address the issue in the next few weeks and lay it all on the line."

Thi big winner so far, though, is Jim E, returning with quotes culled from Lexis-Nexus (March 18, 2003).

"Here's, here's the bottom line on this for every American and everybody in the world, nobody knows for sure, all right? We don't know what he has. We think he has 8,500 liters of anthrax. But let's see. But there's a doubt on both sides. And I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right? But I'm giving my government the benefit of the doubt. . . .

[And later in the interview]:
". . . if he has 8,500 liters of anthrax that he's not going to give up, even though the United Nations demanded that he do that, we are doing the right thing. If he doesn't have any weapons, then we are doing the wrong thing. So, we'll see."

There you have it folks: "I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right?" Welcome to the club, Bill. (Oh, and we'll gather around the TV when you're ready to apologize.)

posted by Jeff | 10:36 AM |
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