And there we have it. The initial Bill O'Reilly fib, the one that launched a cottage industry of looking into all his other flagrant lies and self-promotional fact fudges, comes a-crumbling down
The record is clear, and O'Reilly's own report for CBS News confirms this: Argentine soldiers did not massacre civilians during this protest. And now the cameraman who shot the video that O'Reilly filed from this demonstration says another part of the Fox host's account is untrue: O'Reilly never came to his aid, nor was he in need of rescue.
Ignacio Medrano-Carbo says he was the cameraman on O'Reilly's crew that night. Jim Forrest, the crew's sound man, confirms Medrano-Carbo was paired up with O'Reilly. "I worked with Ignacio during the surrender riots in Argentina during the Falklands war," Forrest says in an email. "We were O'Reilly's crew the night of the riots."
And Medrano-Carbo says:
I never fell nor was I bleeding out my ear at any time during my Buenos Aires assignment. I do not even recall Mr. O'Reilly being near me when I shot all that footage nor after I left the unrest at Plaza de Mayo that evening.
Bill O'Reilly, for his part, claims that Medrano-Carbo was not his cameraman, but Medrano-Carbo was able to provide the raw footage that he shot for O'Reilly. O'Reilly instead says that he was talking about a different
cameraman, but it turns out that person was not a cameraman at the time. No doubt next he'll say he was talking about yet another
imaginary cameraman, one who lives in Canada and so none of you people would know him.
It's been an admirable wreck, this O'Reilly business. He's now been seemingly proven to have lied his ass off about multiple instances of his own supposed journalistic valor, and because he works for the only major "news" network to have no standards or policies about these things, he and his network continue to trundle merrily along, fingers in ears, paying no mind at all.