Bill O’Reilly lashed out at the media for their slanted coverage of President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. NBC ran a story claiming Tillerson called Trump a “moron” back in July, and flirted with resigning, only to have Vice President Pence talk him into staying.
Tillerson refuted that story Wednesday, and Trump stood by him, accusing NBC of “fake news” and demanding an apology.
O’Reilly called out NBC and CNN for practicing a bit of crony journalism.
Here’s how bizarre this is. On Fox News, a writer from Politico said that he believes the report because he knows the NBC reporters and that’s that.
NBC was reporting based on unnamed sources, which O’Reilly correctly points out that doesn’t automatically make the story true. Over and over again, the media fails to do its homework because they want to believe the story–and because it’s “sensational,” not because it’s true.
On CNN, news anchor Kate Bolduan, among others, proclaimed the accuracy of the report even though Tillerson himself denied any resignation threat and refused to even address the moron thing. Later his spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, did deny that Tillerson used the term. Was any verification supplied by the anonymous person to back up the allegation?