"Heard anything on NBC about the drones?...You haven't heard anything over there about this, neither have I, neither has my staff."
-- Bill O'Reilly on Fox News
Just for the sake of accuracy -- because accuracy, it's a Good Thing -- it was Michael Isikoff of NBC News (an actual news network) who, in fact, broke the freaking story about the drone memo! Further, Rachel Maddow also had Mr. Isikoff on her MSNBC show for an extensive report on Monday. And NBC has done additional stories about this all week.
To put this in even more impressive perspective, while Fox News was busy covering the major scoop that Hilary Clinton had a face lift (which not shockingly she didn't), NBC was actually out doing news and breaking the very story that Bill O'Reilly was chastising them for avoiding.
Then again, it's understandable that Bill O'Reilly and his crack staff didn't hear anything about this on NBC, since they live in the vaunted Fox Cone of Silence. This, it should be noted, is part of the reason that Mr. O'Reilly has his infamous No-Fact Zone. On the other hand, maybe none of his staff heard anything about NBC's major scoop and detailed coverage because they didn't have their TVs on. Or maybe Fox TVs don't get NBC.
Bill O'Reilly charged that NBC was avoiding the subject because it was "protecting the president." No doubt he will have some whipper-snapper, razzle-dazzle explanation about how he might have had the details off, but was somehow right in metaphysical theory. But the thing to understand is the reason he was so outraged, despite being 100% gutterly wrong, is because after eight years of protecting George W. Bush, he likely felt that -- accurate or not -- the concept of protecting a president was the sole prerogative of Fox.
And just to be clear, this isn't a little error that slipped through the Fox cracks. First of all, as errors go, it's not "little." It's a whopper. And second -- it's not an error in the slightest. It's standard operating procedure.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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