Just how desperate is Fox News host Bill O’Reilly to fight off challenges to the stories he has told about his reporting amid the Falkland Islands War in 1982? For one, he said last night on his program after refuting the claims of Mother Jones magazine, “I want to stop this now. I hope we can stop it. I really do.” (Disclosure: The wife of the Erik Wemple Blog is a staff writer at Mother Jones).
For another, he’s on record as threatening a New York Times reporter interviewing him about the story:
Mr. O’Reilly’s efforts to refute the claims by Mother Jones and some former CBS News colleagues occurred both on the air and off on Monday. During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.”
The New York Times story carries the bylines of Emily Steel and Ravi Somaiya. Steel tweeted last night:
“I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly told me. “You can take it as a threat.” http://t.co/gXsH3Zqaig
— Emily Steel (@emilysteel) February 24, 2015
If O’Reilly continues at this desperate pace, “everything I have” soon won’t amount to much.
(h/t Politico’s Dylan Byers)