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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bill O'Reilly Still Has Trouble With World History

No one is going to know everything about everything. However, there are plenty of people in the world that will claim that they do. It seems that a lot of them work for Fox"News".

Let's take Bill O'Reilly for example.

He seems to have just a little problem with world history. I don't know about you, but that was always one of my favorite subjects in school. But, if you ask me now what started World War I, I probably wouldn't be able to tell you without looking it up. That's why I love the internet.

One would think that O'Reilly would first do some research before 'quizzing' his guests about historical topics. One would be so wrong.

From The Huffington Post

O'Reilly asked Fox News Business correspondent Terry Keenan if she knew "what happened in France when Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette were eating cake and everyone else was eating, you know, sewer rats?"

The only problem with O'Reilly's history lesson? Louis XIV, the so-called Sun King, was not married to Marie Antoinette. The Austrian beauty was married to Louis Seize

But this is just small potatoes compared to some of O'Reilly's more egregeous historical foul-ups.

But this quote below has to be one of my favorites.

My people came from County Cavan in Ireland. All right? And the British Crown marched in there with their henchman, Oliver Cromwell, and they seized all of my ancestors’ lands, everything. And they threw them into slavery, pretty much indentured servitude on the land. And then the land collapsed, all right? And everybody was starving in Ireland. They had to leave the country, just as Africans had to leave - African Americans had to leave Africa and come over on a boat and try to make in the New World with nothing. Nothing. And succeeded, succeeded. As did Italians, as did– and I’ll submit to you, African Americans are succeeding as well. So all of these things can be overcome I think, [caller]. Go ahead.
[10/4/05] The Radio Factor

Bill actually thinks that Africans came to America on their own accord. And this guy has his own show - and people watch it and think it's a credible source of news?

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