“Each episode will tell the story of the true characters from America’s Wild West. Jesse James, David Crockett, Doc Holliday and Kit Carson are among the infamous Wild West figures that will be profiled during the series. The series will feature first-hand tails from direct descendants and historians, along with archival photographs and special effects.”
On Twitter, critics of Bill O’Reilly have already started their venom.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 1, 2015
— The Press Pool (@thepresspool) April 1, 2015
As Bill O’Reilly’s new Legends & Lies debuts, the Huffington Post is already publicizing an e-book that talks about Bill O’Reilly’s alleged legends and lies.
“On Tuesday, progressive watchdog group Media Matters released a 56-page, six-chapter ebook detailing the many alleged inaccuracies surrounding Bill O’Reilly and his so-called ‘war reporting’ experiences over the years…Media Matters’ senior fellow Eric Boehlert has now compiled the often tangled web of stories into one comprehensive text for readers, delving deeply into the narrative and nuance surrounding each episode.”
The name of the book is titled Killing Truth: The Lies And Legends Of Bill O’Reilly. It will no doubt make Bill O’Reilly furious, since he has already been under fire since Mother Jones disputed O’Reilly’s claims that while reporting for CBS, he was in a war zone in the 1982 conflict between Argentina and Britain. O’Reilly claimed there was so much rioting going on that he was scared for his life. He also said he had to save his photographer in a bloody mayhem. Several former colleagues disputed O’Reilly’s claims. The consensus was that Bill O’Reilly might have been in Argentina, but he definitely wasn’t in a war zone.
The left-wing media then attacked Bill O’Reilly for allegedly lying about witnessing a firefight in El Salvador and witnessing nuns being shot. The Huffington Post noted that two of O’Reilly‘s autobiographies, in which he talks extensively about his experience in El Salvador, make no mention of such aggressive combat. CBS doesn’t have any segment in their archives based on O’Reilly’s El Salvador claims. Of course, much of these accusations could be politically motivated, but none of them have been proven untrue.
If things weren’t going bad enough for Bill O’Reilly, his film Killing Jesus was viciously torn apart by critics. Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post Dispatch thought Killing Jesus was a “clunker.”
“Unfortunately, the movie opens with a sequence that feels like parody: Kelsey Grammer as King Herod, in terrible wig and fluffy fake beard, roaming around, seeming to channel Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. It’s hard to take Killing Jesus entirely seriously after that, despite the grim fact that it counts down to a crucifixion.”
It remains to be seen how the backlash will effect ratings for Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies. Despite being crucified, Killing Jesus was a huge hit in the ratings. It will be interesting to hear what Bill O’Reilly has to say about his critics this week on his show.
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