Send tips to

Real Clear Politics Video

The Latest Politics, News & Election Videos

O'Reilly Rips Former CBS Colleague: He Wasn't Even There, "Coward" Refuses To Come On My Show But Will Go On CNN

Bill O'Reilly appeared on Sunday's edition of FOX News' Media Buzz to respond to criticism from Eric Engberg, a former CBS colleague, who disputed a claim O'Reilly previously made of being in the "war zone" following Argentina's surrender to the UK at the end of the Falklands War. O'Reilly covered the riots in Buenos Aires the ensued after the surrender.

On CNN this morning, Engberg said O'Reilly was not in the "war zone" and said he's "not a real reporter."

"I have this personal dispute with him," Engberg told CNN's Brian Stelter. "He's not a real reporter. He was not in a combat zone that night. This was not a combat zone. Not even close."

O'Reilly says Engberg doesn't know what he's talking about because he was holed up in the hotel. The FOX News host said Engberg earned the nickname "Room-Service Eric" from other colleagues because of his tendacy to stay in the hotel room rather than do on the street reporting.

"I don't think he was there," O'Reilly said of Engberg. "I don't think he knows what happened and I'll tell you why If he were in the Plaza Del Mayo, where was the video, why did I have to run it up to the feed point and send it to new York? I’d like everyone to ask him, ‘Were you there?’ because his reputation, his nickname was ‘Room Service Eric,’ because he never left the hotel."

O'Reilly cited a New York Times article from June 1982 regarding the unrest that followed the surrender which confirmed how described the situation on the streets.

The FOX News host called Engberg a "coward" for refusing to appear on his show but go on other media outlets.

O'Reilly also took a whack at Mother Jones writer David Corn for starting the controversy.

"He is a hatchet man, you know he is," O'Reilly said. "He's an apparatchik from the far left and all of this is driven, Stelter at CNN, you don't get more far left than this guy."

In The News

Most Popular Now

Video Archives