Alex Blaze

Bill O'Reilly lied

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 16, 2007 1:19 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media, Politics
Tags: Bill O'Reilly, Pew Research Group, polling, Quinnipiac University

Well, that kinda goes without saying.

Those people who toil away at Media Matters have recorded another lie by Mr. Propagandist. He said that there's a poll that showed that most Americans would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had been endorsed by a gay rights group. Check it out:

O'REILLY: Now, a new poll says that most Americans won't vote for you if you get an endorsement by a gay rights group. Did you know that?

POWERS: No, I didn't --

O'REILLY: Ah! What is that poll? Pew Research or something like that. But anyway --

POWERS: I find that -- I have to say I find that very difficult to believe.

It's crazy that the Fox News correspondent couldn't even agree with him either - it seems that the newsies over there at Fox have a few shreds of decency when it comes to "facts".

POWERS: Maybe if they're asked that question in a poll, but most Americans don't have any idea who's endorsing candidates. They are not paying attention to that.

O'REILLY: OK, but say a gay -- the question posed, "If a gay rights --


O'REILLY: -- organization endorses you, would that make you more or less likely to vote?

POWERS: Right.

O'REILLY: And most Americans said less likely.

Well, there was no Pew Research Group poll that asked that question. But who needs to actually have their facts straight when it's so much easier to just attribute a made-up poll to a reputable polling group? It's not like he's going to lose any viewers at this point for lying - he's been doing it so long that the people who still listen to him know that they're entering the No-Fact Zone.

Media Matters did find a Quinnipiac poll that asked that question just to people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and found that most people didn't even care whom the HRC endorsed, and that's assuming that they knew. The "less likely to vote for the gay rights group endorsed candidate" group did outnumber the "more likely" group, but I'm going to guess that the latter is more likely to know or seek out that sort of information.

Or I can just pull an O'Reilly here: Once, I totally read this survey, it was a Gallup survey or someone like that, that said that a majority of Americans wanted Bill O'Reilly to move to Siberia for the rest of his life. Totally.

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Don Sherfick | August 16, 2007 1:58 PM

Bill O'Reilly LIED? As Hardball's Chris Matthews says to his panel on his Sunday evening show: "Tell me something I don't know".