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Bill O'Reilly to Letterman: My Ratings Rose After Controversy

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 10:53 PM

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told "Late Show" host David Letterman Tuesday he hasn't suffered from allegations he made up war stories because they aren't true.

O'Reilly taped an appearance on Letterman's CBS show to promote the TV-movie adaption of his book "Killing Jesus," and was asked how his situation differed from that of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who is under a six-month suspension for exaggerating stories from his coverage of the Iraq War.


"What I said was accurate, so we had a controversy there," O'Reilly said.

Liberal websites Mother Jones and Media Matters for America accused O'Reilly of claiming to have reported from a war zone during the Falklands War, when he actually was in Argentina the whole time covering demonstrations.

"I put forth what my side was. They put forth what their side was. Folks decided, and it worked out OK for me. I got even more viewers," O'Reilly told Letterman

In fact, his viewership went up 20 percent, he said.

"Twenty percent up when people thought you were making stuff up?" Letterman asked.

O'Reilly said people didn't think he was making anything up because he immediately hit back and gave his side of the story.

O'Reilly said he never knowingly "fibbed" on the air.

"What I do is analysis different from what other people do," he said. "So I bloviate and give my opinion, as you well know. But it's not worth it for me to" make things up.

Letterman said that O'Reilly and Williams should be held to the same standard of trust even though O'Reilly gives opinion and Williams delivers straight news.

O'Reilly said he has spent the last 15 years as No. 1 on Fox News, and said he believes that shows people do trust him.

O'Reilly never piled on Williams, telling Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 9 at the beginning of the controversy that it was "disturbing" that people wanted Williams fired.

"At the very beginning I said that we have a sport here in the United States called 'Let's Destroy the Famous Person,'" O'Reilly told Letterman. "And that's what happened to him. I think that NBC should bring him back; I think they will bring him back."

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told "Late Show" host David Letterman Tuesday he hasn't suffered from allegations he made up war stories because they aren't true.
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