Political commentator Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday lamented the failure of the nation's media to live up to its "mandate" to "find the truth" — a glaring lapse that has been evident in its coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In "The Talking Points Memo" on Newsmax TV, O'Reilly said the Founding Fathers designed the Constitution to give "extra protections" to the press to "do one thing and one thing only: Find the truth."
"We have a dishonest press in America," O'Reilly said. "It is dishonoring the Founding Fathers. That is the truth."
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For example, O'Reilly argued, the difference in press coverage of sexual allegations against former President Bill Clinton and Kavanaugh illustrate how the constitutional protections have been flouted.
"The press covered the [Clinton] situation in a way that did not put President Clinton on the spot in the beginning," he said.
But when it comes to Kavanaugh, Democrats and the press have treated uncorroborated accusations as truth.
"No one knows what really happened," he said. "You can't figure it out. I can't. You can't. But the presumption of innocence says that unless there is corroborating evidence — hard evidence" the accused is not assumed to be guilty.
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