The Irony: O’Reilly Lectures Trump on Lying

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In the latest episode of Talking Points Memo, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly lectured Trump on his propensity of hiding the truth. Interestingly enough, O’Reilly is far from being a professional truth sayer himself, with more than half of his comments being rated as “Mostly False,” “False,” or “Pants on Fire” by the fact-checking website Politifact.

O’Reilly Delivers a Strong Message to the President

On Monday, O’Reilly discussed a hot topic: the FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee about Russians’ alleged interference in the U.S. election. However, O’Reilly failed to focus more on the facts during the segment and blasted instead the White House leakers that have been slamming the new administration with bombshell reports.

Recent reports show that two of Trump’s senior aides – Paul Manafort and Roger Stone – had close connections with the Russian government. O’Reilly tried to distance Trump from those two by saying they were incidentally associated with the billionaire on the campaign trail.

O’Reilly finished by saying he doesn’t believe anything would come up of “this Russia investigation.” But when he addressed Trump’s wiretapping accusations, the Fox News host had an unusual piece of advice for the Commander in Chief:

In the future, the President would be wise to embrace only facts in his pronouncements.

These words coming from O’Reilly mouth speak volumes about the president’s probity. His close friend has just conceded that he doesn’t embrace only facts. O’Reilly has a hard time embracing the facts himself. So, the advice to the president to stop lying is at least embarrassing.

O’Reilly Has Often Failed to Embrace ‘Only Facts’

O’Reilly says his daily show is a “No Spin Zone,” but PolitiFact found that 53% of his remarks are false or inaccurate. Recently, O’Reilly managed to bend the truth once more. He said that the FBI chief couldn’t confirm a probe into Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, which Comey just did on Monday.

The Fox News host also failed to tell the audience that his co-worker Andrew Napolitano told Trump that his predecessor instructed U.K. spies to surveil his campaign. On Monday, the news network reportedly fired Napolitano, a fact which O’Reilly failed to mention.

Moreover, O’Reilly was not as interested in the Russia probe as he was in discovering Obama holdovers who leak compromising information to the press about the new administration. He said “leakers” should face jail time, and the Trump administration should decide whether the media should be arrested too. Trump himself has labeled the media as “the enemy of the people.” So, O’Reilly comments should not come as a surprise.

Republicans agree Obama leftovers should be fired. Rep. Steve King (R -Iowa) said last Sunday that the president should purge “leftists” from the White House. King was concerned that those leakers’ “disloyal” and “treasonist” acts would sink the new administration.

King commented after conservative pundit Daniel Horowitz said there are Obama loyalists at the White House who seek to sabotage Trump. Horowitz talked about a “silent coup within the intelligence agencies” which is tirelessly working to undermine the presidency.
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