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Bill O’Reilly: “I Want To Stop This Now,” After Airing CBS News Footage On ‘The Factor’

Deadline logo Deadline 2/24/2015 Lisa de Moraes
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“I want to stop this now,” Bill O’Reilly said tonight on The O’Reilly Factor after showing video CBS News had posted online from its coverage of Buenos Aires demonstrations that erupted after Argentina surrendered to the British in the Falklands War in June, 1982.

The Fox News Channel star also read, as expected, from a Christian Science Monitorarticle written at that time, in which the demonstrations were described as having reached a point at which “police were unable to control angry mobs that turned the Plaza de Mayo… into a battle zone.” For days now O’Reilly has been exchanging blows with as various media outlets and journalists questioning his account of how he covered the Buenos Aires protests, in followups to a Mother Jones article called Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem.

Separately, the author of a New York Times article fired back after O’Reilly read the article during a Sunday appearance on FNC’s all-things-media show Mediabuzz. In a Facebook post, the author dinged O’Reilly for leaving out one part of a sentence about a police officer whom he’d reported had fired five shots — the “over the heads of” fleeing demonstrators part.

O’Reilly’s guest tonight, Don Browne, spent 30 years with NBC and NBCU, joining the company in 1979 as Miami bureau chief, where O’Reilly said he oversaw NBC News’s coverage of the Falklands War.

“At first, Buenos Aires was a pretty nice place to be if you were covering the war, but as it turned out, it got progressively more intense,” Browne said.

“These were veteran correspondents, we saw the situation escalating,” he continued, describing the situation as “business as usual, what they were sent there to do.”

Browne stopped short of calling it a “riot” or a “war zone.”

“You call it a riot –  it was a very intense situation where people got hurt and it was a very serious confrontation, and it was a defining moment, when the populace really turned on the military,” Browne said.

Pressed by O’Reilly, Browne said, “Any situation like that, where you bring that kind of intensity together in a protest where the police and, in this case the military, are reacting agressively, it’s a dangerous cocktail. ”

“So there you go. I want to stop this now. I hope we can stop it. I really do,” O’Reilly said in wrapping up the segment.


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