14 Nov 2011 12:27 PM EST
-by Jennifer Monteagudo, Staff Writer
Controversial Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly, of The O’Reilly Factor, is trying to save face after his latest book, Killing Lincoln, is banned from Ford’s Theatre.
The National Park Service site and location of the tragic assassination of the 16th President refuses to host the work co-authored by O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The theatre’s deputy superintendent, Rae Emerson, wrote a scathing review, recommending not selling the “non-fiction” work because of its glaring factual inaccuracies, Salon.com reports.
O’Reilly, an extreme conservative right-winger known for accusing Democrats and liberals of being “unpatriotic,” is often criticized for using his Fox News platform to distort the truth. This is not the first time he’s published his opinions in print, nor the first time those fact-pinions have raised eyebrows. It is, though, the first time his sloppy fact checking and warped idea of reality put Lincoln in the crosshairs.
To make matters worse, the news of O’Reilly’s slandering of the President credited with ending slavery comes on the heels of Veterans Day. Instead of paying service to veterans and the men and women currently serving in the military, O’Reilly has slapped an American legacy in the face. Sadly, it seems the damage is done: Killing Lincoln is #2 on The New York Time’s bestseller list. The disinformation has already spread.
Emerson’s review is available in the above Salon.com article. Emerson outlines some of the book’s errors, including the incorrect year in which Ford Theatre burned, several references to Lincoln sitting in the Oval Office, which was not built until over 40 years after Lincoln’s death, and the grammatically sloppy use of “furls” for “furrows.”
While the editor was asleep at the helm, at least the public was not. Even though earlier book critics gave Killing Lincoln positive reviews, the public is calling out O’Reilly. On Amazon.com, the book has only an average of two (out of five) stars, with a gob smacking 844 one-star reviews, compared to only 174 five-star reviews.
The tide of opinion seems to be turning against the once-popular O’Reilly. Last month, Gawker.com reported troops burning copies of O’Reilly’s Patriots and Pinheads. Although the blog post has since been removed, a soldier serving in a remote outpost in Afghanistan posted a video of the burning and this explanation to his Tumblr blog, Everqueer:
“Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book (SPOILER ALERT: George Washington—Patriot; George Soros—Pinhead) instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap. Just burned the whole lot of them on my Commander’s orders.”
O’Reilly was also publicly condemned after the 2009 violent shooting death of late-term abortion provider George Tiller, who was killed outside his church. O’Reilly often used his show to hurl violent rhetoric at the doctor, even calling him a Nazi. Salon.com outlines a damning case against O’Reilly. Media Matters, a not-for-profit organization that monitors conservative misinformation, also details O’Reilly’s harassment and bullying of the son of a 9/11 victim.
It’s not just famous presidents, doctors and 9/11 victims that are subject to O’Reilly’s harassment. In 2004, The Smoking Gun reports, Fox News producer Andrea Mackris sued O’Reilly over on-going sexual harassment. The state Supreme Court case was famous not only because of those involved, but because of the detailed report transcribing many of O’Reilly’s lurid phone calls to the unwilling Mackris. In one of the more embarrassing and disgusting transcriptions, O’Reilly tells Mackris about a shower fantasy he has where he’d rub her genitals with a “falafel” (he meant “loofah”).
It turns out O’Reilly could use an editor in real life, too...
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