“It was not a war zone or even close. It was an ‘expense account zone’,” former CBS News correspondent Eric Jon Engberg says of Bill O’Reilly’s time in Buenos Aires covering the Falklands War. Engberg jumped into the fracas between the Fox News Channel star and Mother Jones, which this week published an article, “Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem.” NBC News has suspended Williams for six months while it continues to investigate the degree to which Williams misrepresented his experiences covering various breaking news stories for NBC including the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and other situations, including gifts he said, in talk show appearances, he received from members of the military. In the article, Mother Jones questions O’Reilly’s descriptions of some of his experiences as a CBS News correspondent covering the 1982 Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentina.
CBS News has now been dragged into the controversy – Fox News says it’s contacted the news division and asked them to release the footage in question.
Meanwhile, Fox News said this afternoon in a statement O’Reilly will address Engberg’s claims on Fox News Channel’s Mediabuzz program tomorrow. FNC also said The O’Reilly Factor asked Engberg to appear on his Monday show but he declined.
Here is Engberg’s Facebook post about being in Buenos Aires with O’Reilly covering the Falklands War for CBS News: