I remember Bill O’Reilly admitting he lied on-air

A week ago (February 23rd), I sent this message to a friend who has a lot more connections than I do. Maybe you have the evidence.

Tonight, I somehow remembered a newspaper column written by Bill O’Reilly in which he admitted lying on the air! I thought I had saved it, and looked all over, but couldn’t find hard copy or it online.

Here’s the story: WCBS anchorman Jim Jensen died in October, 1999. A few days later, O’Reilly wrote a column in either the Post or Daily News about how tough Jensen was and what it was like to work for him. One example: reporters had better know where Canarsie is.

O’Reilly wrote that he was doing a story about a theater evacuation on the 6pm news and Jensen asked one of his tough (unplanned) questions: How many seats are in the theater?! O’Reilly admitted he had no clue and had never asked. He admitted quickly making up a story that those numbers are kept secret for competitive reasons!

I hope you have better luck finding it than I did!

My friend hasn’t responded and the O’Reilly story is heating up again, so please contact me if you have the goods!

About the author

The journalism “business” has changed — from standards to platforms to layoffs — along with the American public, and I’ve managed to survive somewhat on my own terms.

I started in 1994, becoming an award-winning and respected TV newscast producer.

Even better was creatively producing websites and social media, and serving as a station's digital media manager — writing news, creating graphics and getting evidence of growing my audience here in the nation's fourth largest market, Philadelphia.

I also taught first grade for eight years. My principal saw my class website and made me electronic gradebook manager to assist co-workers when we stopped using paper gradebooks.

In 2018, I took courses and earned the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

In 2019, I was a freelance newspaper reporter, but enjoyed copy editing and reviving the publication’s social media even more.

That got me striking out on my own with a local news website to join the blog I created, designed and write.

Ask me about all the details.

I did drive Uber to make ends meet until I started as a customer service representative at one of the world’s largest web-hosting companies, with more than 8 million customer contracts and hosting more than 12 million domains.

With classroom and newsroom experience, I know how to prioritize, analyze and take the best course of action. Getting results means attention to detail, following through and following up.

Comments

Disagree? Let us all know!

%d bloggers like this: