Bill O'Reilly
Political commentator
Bill O'Reilly
William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which is the most watched cable news television program on American television. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a news reporter for various local television stations in the United States and eventually for CBS News and ABC News.
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Bill O'Reilly: The swamp fights back
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Donald Trump, largely elected president because he promised to reform Washington.
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The first casualty of the Trump administration
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Bill O'Reilly: A stunning display of dishonesty from the national press and radical left
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Last week, about 680 undocumented aliens were arrested by ICE officials countrywide.
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FOX NEWS INSIDER: Bill O'Reilly on 'Watters' World': The far left 'just hates' President Trump
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Trump's TV Star Fades: He's No Longer A Ratings Magnet
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President Donald Trump might have been cheering the New England Patriots' historic comeback on Super Bowl Sunday, but he couldn't have been happy about his own contribution to the day. His sit-down interview with Bill O'Reilly, which aired during Fox's pre-Super Bowl coverage, turned out to be something of a ratings dud. And for a president who obsesses over TV ratings and uses them to validate his own identity, the Sunday interview seemed to be the latest example of his fading personal appeal. Trump's Q&A with O'Reilly drew approximately 12 million viewers. That's a respectable number, but when President Barack Obama sat down for the traditional pre-Super Bowl interview in 2009, his first year in office, almost 22 million people tuned in, nearly double Trump's audience. (And it wasn't a matter of who was playing later; game viewership ratings in 2017 were substantially higher than those in 2009.) Even Obama's pre-Super Bowl interviews during his second term in office easily out ...
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Kremlin wants apology from Fox News after Bill O'Reilly calls Putin a 'killer'
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The Kremlin says it would like an apology from Fox News after an interview between President Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly, in which the Fox host described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "killer." "We consider such words by the Fox News company correspondent to be unacceptable and insulting,"...
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Chuck Schumer Trolls GOP Over Donald Trump's Comparison Of America To Vladimir Putin
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Trump Agrees To Meet NATO Leaders In Europe In May
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WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (Reuters) - President Trump agreed to meet alliance leaders in Europe in May in a phone call on Sunday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that also touched on the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the White House said. Trump was elected on a pledge to push NATO members to increase their funding to the western alliance to ease the financial burden on the United States. This proposal has drawn opposition from both his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, and the idea has worried European allies who fear Russian President Vladimir Putin might take advantage. A White House statement said Trump and Stoltenberg “discussed how to encourage all NATO allies to meet their defense spending commitments.” “President Trump agreed to join in a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe in May,” the statement said. Trump and Stoltenberg also “discussed the potential for a peaceful resolution of the conflict along the Ukrainian border.” Over the past w ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill O'Reilly
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    In February 2016 O'Reilly lost a bid for custody of both children.
    More Details Hide Details On August 27, 2002, O'Reilly called for all Americans to boycott Pepsi products, saying that Ludacris' lyrics glamorize a "life of guns, violence, drugs and disrespect of women." The next day, O'Reilly reported that Pepsi had fired Ludacris. Three years later, Ludacris referenced O'Reilly in the song "Number One Spot" with the lyrics "Respected highly, hi, Mr. O'Reilly/Hope all is well, kiss the plaintiff and the wifey.", which alludes to his well publicized sexual harassment suit while married. In an interview with RadarOnline.com in 2010, Ludacris stated that the two had made amends after a conversation at a charity event. On October 14, 2010, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set of The View after they both disagreed with statements made by O'Reilly, specifically O'Reilly's statement "Muslims killed us on 9/11." Goldberg stated O'Reilly should be more specific than just labeling Muslims. O'Reilly defended his statement citing the lack of specificity when describing attacks by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II. O'Reilly later explained on his show that the statement was valid when he said "Of course, what I said is absolutely true, but is insensitive to some. In a perfect world you always say Muslim terrorists killed us, but at this point I thought that was common knowledge. I guess I was wrong." Barbara Walters disagreed with O'Reilly's defense of the World War II comparison stating that describing a religion is not the same as describing a country.
    In August 2016, Andrea Tantaros filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News, claiming that O'Reilly made sexually suggestive comments to her.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2015, Gawker.com reported that during the couple’s three-year custody dispute, O’Reilly was accused of physically assaulting his ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy in their Manhasset home. In light of the allegation, O’Reilly issued a statement through his attorney describing the account as "100% false" and declined to comment further in order “to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect his children”.
    After Ailes was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News coworker Gretchen Carlson, O'Reilly said in July 2016 that Ailes was a "target" as a "famous, powerful or wealthy person" and called him the "best boss I ever had."
    More Details Hide Details After Ailes was fired and the network settled the lawsuit with Carlson, O'Reilly declined to comment further, saying that " for once in my life, I’m going to keep my big mouth shut."
  • 2013
    Age 63
    O'Reilly wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column through Creators Syndicate that appeared in numerous newspapers, including the New York Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. He discontinued the column at the end of 2013.
    More Details Hide Details O'Reilly made cameo appearances in the films An American Carol, Iron Man 2, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. On The O'Reilly Factor and on his former talk-radio program, Bill O'Reilly has focused on news and commentary related to politics and culture. O'Reilly has long said that he does not identify with any political ideology, writing in his book The O'Reilly Factor that the reader "might be wondering whether I'm conservative, liberal, libertarian, or exactly what... See, I don't want to fit any of those labels, because I believe that the truth doesn't have labels. When I see corruption, I try to expose it. When I see exploitation, I try to fight it. That's my political position." On December 6, 2000, the Daily News in New York reported, however, that he had been registered with the Republican Party in the state of New York since 1994. When questioned about this, he said that he was not aware of it and says he registered as an independent after the interview. During a broadcast of The Radio Factor, O'Reilly said that there was no option to register as an independent voter; however, there was in fact a box marked "I do not wish to enroll in party." Despite his being registered as an Independence Party member, many view him as a conservative figure. A February 2009 Pew Research poll found that 66% of his television viewers identify themselves as conservative, 24% moderate, and 3% liberal.
    The fallout from the coverage generated by the questioning of O'Reilly's Falklands War coverage saw claims made by O'Reilly regarding his reporting in El Salvador and Northern Ireland questioned. Writing in his 2013 book Keep it Pithy, O'Reilly stated: "I've seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs."
    More Details Hide Details In 2005 O'Reilly claimed to have "seen guys gun down nuns in El Salvador" and in 2012 said "I saw nuns get shot in the back of the head". O'Reilly and Fox News clarified that he had been shown images of the murdered nuns and Irish bombings but was not an eyewitness in either case.
    David Corn replied that they didn't claim O'Reilly "exaggerated" but rather that there were contradictions between his accounts and the factual record, and that the 2013 clip from his show proves O'Reilly did in fact say he was on the Falklands.
    More Details Hide Details David Corn told The New York Times “The question is whether Bill O’Reilly was stating the truth when he repeatedly said that Argentine soldiers used real bullets and fired into the crowd of civilians and many were killed.” In March 2015 Ignacio Medrano-Carbo stated that he was the camerman O'Reilly referred to and that at no time was he knocked down or bleeding from the ear. Sound man Roberto Moreno corroborates this fact. Medrano also stated "I do not even recall Mr. O'Reilly being near me when I shot all that footage nor after I left the unrest at Plaza de Mayo that evening." On September 2009, during an interview he said he covered the riots in Buenos Aires on the day Argentina surrendered. During an interview with The Blaze, O'Reilly said "And if that moron Corn doesn’t think it was a war zone in Buenos Aires, then he’s even dumber than I think he is." This characterization by O'Reilly was disputed by former CBS colleague Eric Engberg who was in Buenos Aires at the time and challenged his (O'Reilly) description of the riot as a "combat situation". Engberg went on to say it was a moderate riot and he heard no “shots fired” and saw no “ambulances or tanks” in the streets. The following week O’Reilly contradicted Engberg’s claims presenting archived CBS video of the riot that ensued after Argentine’s surrender. The video appears to show riot police firing tear gas and plastic bullets toward the crowd, additionally former NBC bureau chief Don Browne referred to the riot as an “intense situation”, with many people hurt and tanks in the streets of Buenos Aires.
    On April 17, 2013, O'Reilly said on his show "I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, ".
    More Details Hide Details In his book The No Spin Zone, he wrote "You know that I am not easily shocked. I've reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands." On a 2004 column on his website he wrote: "Having survived a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands war, I know that life-and-death decisions are made in a flash." Corn claimed O'Reilly was not in the Falklands, but in Buenos Aires and that no American journalist was in the Islands during the conflict. Also he pointed out that according to O'Reilly's own book The No Spin Zone, he arrived in Buenos Aires soon before the war ended. On February 20, 2015, O'Reilly said on his show "David Corn, a liar, says that I exaggerated situations in the Falklands War" and that he never said he was on the Falkland Islands. O'Reilly went on to describe his experience in a riot in Buenos Aires the day Argentina surrendered.
    In his bestselling 2013 book Killing Kennedy and on Fox and Friends, O'Reilly claimed he was knocking at the front door of George de Mohrenschildt's daughter's home at the moment Mohrenschildt committed suicide and that he heard the shotgun blast: In March of 1977, a young television reporter at WFAA in Dallas began looking into the Kennedy assassination.
    More Details Hide Details As part of his reporting, he sought an interview with the shadowy Russian professor who had befriended the Oswalds upon their arrival in Dallas in 1962. The reporter traced George de Mohrenschildt to Palm Beach, Florida and travelled there to confront him. At the time de Mohrenschildt had been called to testify before a congressional committee looking into the events of November, 1963. As the reporter knocked on the door of de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s home, he heard the shotgun blast added that marked the suicide of the Russian, assuring that his relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald would never be fully understood. By the way, that reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly. This claim has been disputed by former Washington Post editor Jefferson Morley, who cites audio recordings made by Gaeton Fonzi indicating O'Reilly was not present in Florida on the day of Mohrenschildt's suicide.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    On May 10, 2008, O'Reilly was presented with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Governors' Award at an Emmy awards show dinner.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    O'Reilly and Colbert exchanged appearances on each other's shows in January 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America on March 18, 2003, O'Reilly promised that "if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean weapons of mass destruction... I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." In another appearance on the same program on February 10, 2004, O'Reilly responded to repeated requests for him to honor his pledge: "My analysis was wrong and I'm sorry. I was wrong. I'm not pleased about it at all." With regard to never again trusting the current U.S. government, he said, "I am much more skeptical of the Bush administration now than I was at that time."
    In early 2007, researchers from the Indiana University School of Journalism published a report that analyzed O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" segment.
    More Details Hide Details Using analysis techniques developed in the 1930s by the Institute for Propaganda Analysis, the study concluded that O'Reilly used propaganda, frequently engaged in name calling, and consistently cast non-Americans as threats and never "in the role of victim or hero." O'Reilly responded, asserting that "the terms 'conservative', 'liberal', 'left', 'right', 'progressive', 'traditional' and 'centrist' were considered name-calling if they were associated with a problem or social ill." The study's authors said that those terms were only considered name-calling when linked to derogatory qualifiers. Fox News producer Ron Mitchell wrote an op-ed in which he accused the study's authors of seeking to manipulate their research to fit a predetermined outcome. Mitchell argued that by using tools developed for examining propaganda, the researchers presupposed that O'Reilly propagandized. O'Reilly was the main inspiration for comedian Stephen Colbert's satirical character on the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, which featured Colbert in a "full-dress parody" of The O'Reilly Factor. On the show, Colbert referred to O'Reilly as "Papa Bear".
  • 2005
    Age 55
    Beginning in 2005, O'Reilly periodically denounced George Tiller, a Kansas-based physician who specialized in second- and third-trimester abortions, often referring to him as "Tiller the baby killer".
    More Details Hide Details Tiller was murdered on May 31, 2009, by Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion activist. Critics such as Salon.com's Gabriel Winant have asserted that O'Reilly's anti-Tiller rhetoric helped to create an atmosphere of violence around the doctor. Jay Bookman of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that O'Reilly "clearly went overboard in his condemnation and demonization of Tiller", but added that it was "irresponsible to link O'Reilly" to Tiller's murder. O'Reilly has responded to the criticism by saying "no backpedaling here... every single thing we said about Tiller was true."
  • 2004
    Age 54
    On October 13, 2004, O'Reilly sued Andrea Mackris, a former producer for The O'Reilly Factor, with extortion charges, alleging that she had threatened a lawsuit unless he paid her more than $60 million.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, that day, Mackris sued O'Reilly for sexual harassment, seeking $60 million in damages. Her lawsuit alleged two types of legally-cognizable sexual harassment claims that are not based upon physical contact: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. In her lawsuit, she filed a 22-page complaint with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, including quotations from alleged explicit phone conversations between herself and O'Reilly in which he "advised her to use a vibrator and told her about sexual fantasies involving her", and an allegation that he threatened that if she reported his behavior, "Roger Ailes will go after you Ailes operates behind the scenes, strategizes, and makes things happen so that one day BAM! The person gets what's coming to them but never sees it coming." On October 15, 2004, Fox sought judicial permission to fire Mackris, but she was never dismissed. On October 19, 2004, Mackris filed an amended complaint seeking further damages for illegal retaliatory actions by O'Reilly, Fox News, and the News Corporation-owned newspaper the New York Post. On October 28, 2004, O'Reilly and Mackris reached an out-of-court settlement and dropped all charges against each other. The terms of the agreement are confidential.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 46
    After Harvard, he was hired by Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of the then startup Fox News Channel, to anchor The O'Reilly Report in October 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The show was renamed The O'Reilly Factor, after O'Reilly's friend and branding expert John Tantillo's remarks upon the "O'Reilly Factor" in any of the stories O'Reilly told. The program is routinely the highest-rated show of the three major U.S. 24-hour cable news television channels and began the trend toward more opinion-oriented prime-time cable news programming. The show is taped late in the afternoon at a studio in New York City and airs every weekday on the Fox News Channel at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and is rebroadcast at 11:00 p.m. Until early 2009, O'Reilly hosted a radio program that had more than 3.26 million listeners and was carried by more than 400 radio stations. According to the talk radio industry publication Talkers Magazine, O'Reilly was No. 11 on the "Heavy Hundred", a list of the 100 most important talk show hosts in America. Conservative Internet news site NewsMaxs "Top 25 Talk Radio Host" list selected O'Reilly to the No. 2 spot as most influential host in the nation.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    He then enrolled in September 1995 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received a master's degree in public administration.
    More Details Hide Details His graduate thesis, which he researched in Singapore, was titled Theory of Coerced Drug Rehabilitation. In his thesis, O'Reilly asserted that supervised mandatory drug rehabilitation would reduce crime, based on the rate of prison return for criminals in Alabama who enrolled in such a program.
    Former NBC News and CBS News anchor Deborah Norville replaced O'Reilly on Inside Edition in 1995; O'Reilly had expressed a desire to quit the show in July 1994.
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  • 1992
    Age 42
    O'Reilly was married to Maureen E. McPhilmy, a public relations executive. They met in 1992, and their wedding took place in St. Brigid Parish of Westbury on November 2, 1996. They have a daughter, Madeline (born 1998), and a son, Spencer (born 2003). The couple separated in April 2, 2010, and were divorced on September 1, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Each currently resides in suburban Manhasset, New York.
    In addition to being one of the first American broadcasters to cover the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, O'Reilly obtained the first exclusive interview with murderer Joel Steinberg and was the first television host from a national current affairs program on the scene of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    In 1989 O'Reilly joined the nationally syndicated King World (now CBS Television Distribution)-produced Inside Edition, a tabloid-gossip television program in competition with A Current Affair.
    More Details Hide Details He became the program's anchor three weeks into its run, after the termination of original anchor David Frost.
  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, O'Reilly joined ABC News as a correspondent.
    More Details Hide Details He had delivered a eulogy for his friend Joe Spencer, an ABC News correspondent who died in a helicopter crash on January 22, 1986, en route to covering the Hormel meatpacker strike. ABC News president Roone Arledge, who attended Spencer's funeral, decided to hire O'Reilly after hearing the eulogy. At ABC, O'Reilly hosted daytime news briefs that previewed stories to be reported on the day's World News Tonight and worked as a general assignment reporter for ABC News programs, including Good Morning America, Nightline, and World News Tonight. O'Reilly has said that his interest and style in media came from several CBS and ABC personalities, including Mike Wallace, Howard Cosell, Dick Snyder and Peter Jennings.
  • 1982
    Age 32
    In 1982 he was promoted to the network as a CBS News correspondent.
    More Details Hide Details For CBS, O'Reilly covered the wars in El Salvador on location, and in the Falkland Islands from his base in Buenos Aires, Argentina. O'Reilly left CBS over a dispute concerning the uncredited use in a report by Bob Schieffer of footage of a riot in response to the military junta's surrender, shot by O'Reilly's crew in Buenos Aires shortly after the conclusion of the war.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    In 1980 O'Reilly anchored the local news-feature program 7:30 Magazine at WCBS-TV in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, as a WCBS News anchor and correspondent, he won his second local Emmy, for an investigation of corrupt city marshals.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 23
    O'Reilly returned to school in 1973 and earned a master of arts degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.
    More Details Hide Details While attending Boston University, he was a reporter and columnist for various local newspapers and alternative news weeklies, including the Boston Phoenix, and did an internship in the newsroom of WBZ-TV. During his time at BU, O'Reilly also was a classmate of future radio talk show host Howard Stern, whom O'Reilly noticed because Stern was the only student on campus taller than he was. In 1995, having established himself as a national media personality, O'Reilly was accepted to Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; he received a mid-career master of public administration degree in 1996. At Harvard, he was a student of Marvin Kalb. O'Reilly's early television news career included reporting and anchoring positions at WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he also reported the weather. At WFAA-TV in Dallas, O'Reilly was awarded the Dallas Press Club Award for excellence in investigative reporting. He then moved to KMGH-TV in Denver, where he won a local Emmy Award for his coverage of a skyjacking. O'Reilly also worked for KATU in Portland, Oregon, WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut, and WNEV-TV (now WHDH-TV) in Boston.
  • 1970
    Age 20
    After graduating from Marist College, O'Reilly moved to Miami, where he taught English and history at Monsignor Pace High School from 1970 to 1972.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 17
    After graduating from high school in 1967, O'Reilly attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, his father's choice.
    More Details Hide Details While at Marist, O'Reilly played punter in the National Club Football Association and was also a writer for the school's newspaper, The Circle. An honors student, he majored in history. He spent his junior year of college abroad, attending Queen Mary College at the University of London. O'Reilly received his bachelor of arts degree in history in 1971. He played semi-professional baseball during this time as a pitcher for the New York Monarchs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Age 1
    In 1951 his family moved to Levittown, on Long Island.
    More Details Hide Details O'Reilly has a sister, Janet. He attended St. Brigid parochial school in Westbury, and Chaminade High School, a private Catholic boys high school in Mineola. His father wanted him to attend Chaminade, but Bill wanted to attend W. Tresper Clarke High School, the public school most of his closest friends would attend. Bill O'Reilly played Little League baseball and was the goalie on the Chaminade varsity hockey team. During his high school years, O'Reilly met future pop-singer icon Billy Joel, whom O'Reilly described as a "hoodlum". O'Reilly recollected in an interview with Michael Kay on the YES Network show CenterStage that Joel "was in the Hicksville section—the same age as me—and he was a hood. He used to slick it hair back like this. And we knew him, because his guys would smoke and this and that, and we were more jocks."
  • 1949
    Born
    O'Reilly was born on September 10, 1949, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, to parents William James, Sr., (deceased) and Winifred Angela (Drake) O'Reilly, from Brooklyn and Teaneck, New Jersey, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details O'Reilly is of Irish descent, along with a small amount of English (Colonial American) ancestry. Some of his father's ancestors lived in County Cavan, Ireland, since the early eighteenth century, and on his mother's side, he has ancestry from Northern Ireland. The O'Reilly family lived in a small apartment in Fort Lee, New Jersey, when their son was born.
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