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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Alternative reality: O'Reilly accuses NBC of hiding news that would hurt Obama - news NBC reported first

One of the cleverest things the Fox News Channel, as well as conservative radio, does is constantly tell its audience that what they are telling you simply can neither be seen nor heard elsewhere.

It's different from the "exclusive" labels just about every news outlet slaps on an important story. In the Fox world, you can't get it anywhere else because the scheming liberal media is trying to hide it from you, for a number of reasons. It also helps make their "exclusives," which often come with a heavy ideological slant, seem vital when they often aren't.

Host Bill O'Reilly tried that trick this week when talking about the drone memo.

O'Reilly accuses NBC News of not doing something it did first

But someone should have told him just how awfully wrong he was. NBC News was the first network to get the drones memo and report its content. In fact, the investigative reporter who broke the story first showed up on the liberal Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC. It's quite possible that without the effective digging by NBC News, the drones story would not even be part of the national discussion this week. Usually O'Reilly and others at Fox News are a bit more careful about how they word such things to always give themselves an out. This time, he failed - and horribly. 

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