Rhonda Garelick

Bill O’Reilly’s Masculinity Problem: Why Anchormen Make Up Lies and Pretend They Are Heroes

Close on the heels of the Brian Williams saga comes today’s allegation that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly may also have misled the public, claiming to have risked life and limb reporting from the Falkland Islands during the war there, when in fact he’d been comfortably stationed 1,200 miles away in Buenos Aires—and after the war’s end. Yet as the articles about O’Reilly multiply, as in the case of Williams, the most important ramification of these stories is being entirely overlooked. Let’s step back and consider the kind of stories these men recounted and what these anecdotes reveal about journalism and about us, the audience.

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