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O'Reilly Whitewashes Torture at Gitmo: 'There's Certainly No Proof That Ever Happened'

Is Bill O'Reilly really this naive?

Today on the Radio Factor, a listener called in to tell Bill O'Reilly that she had "zero confidence" in Obama's ability to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In the course of her call, the listener expressed mock concern for the detainees that were mistreated there. O'Reilly, apparently missing the caller's sarcastic tone, interrupted her to falsely claim that "no proof" exists to back-up accusations of mistreatment and that his two tours of the prison facility confirm that:

OREILLY: [T]here are accusations of mistreatment at Guantanamo, but there's certainly no proof that ever happened. I think they were rough in the beginning after 9/11, that some stuff happened that shouldn't have, but I went there twice and we have good contacts there. And, I think that they basically got that under control pretty quickly.

O'Reilly was so confident is his declaration that mistreatment never occurred at Gitmo that he selected the call as the "Radio Factor Call of the Day."

Ryan Powers is a former intern of the Center for American Progress and a senior at the College of William and Mary.
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