Sunday, January 6, 2008

Kid Shows Up O'Reilly; Bill Won't Admit He Was Wrong

Bill O'Reilly wrote a recent book, Kids are Americans Too, and on his January 2nd show he read a letter from one of those Americans challenging - correctly - one of his assertions in the book. Of course, being who he is, he completely sidestepped the issue and wouldn't admit his mistake.

From the January 2 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

O'REILLY: And finally tonight, the mail -- plenty of letters from kids over the holiday; lots of questions about Kids Are Americans Too, which turned out to be a very hot Christmas gift this season.

Courtney Yong, San Francisco: "Mr. O'Reilly, I really enjoyed 'Kids Are Americans Too' but in the first sentence of Chapter 3 you say the Constitution guarantees 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' Isn't that from the Declaration of Independence?"

Another excellent question, Courtney. The reason the Constitution was forged was to assure new American citizens the right to free life and access to pursue happiness in his or her own way. The Declaration was the statement; the Constitution, the instrument.

Whaat? How about saying yes or no?

Well, yeah Courtney, you're right? In fact the Declaration of Independence it says:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
While in O'Reilly's book he says (in the aforementioned Chapter 3):
For openers, the Constitution guarantees all of us, in a famous phrase, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
My question would be, why even bring up a letter that clearly shows an error and then completely sidestep the issue?

Watch the video:


inquisitor said...

O'Reilly is right. The Constitution does uphold the Declaration of Independents. Without the Constitution, you would not have the other.

Anonymous said...

O'Reilly is not right. He clearly made an error and doesn't have the balls to admit it. O'Reilly is an arrogant bastard and the fact that he calls his show the "No Spin Zone" should be criminal.

M3 said...

I don't think O'Reilly even realizes that he's wrong.

Anonymous said...

Bills answer to the specific words of the child were correct. The Constitution gives us the rights the Declaration enumerates. However, the child was right as regards the context of the statement in the book as the way that O'Reilly phrased it looked to be saying that the phrase came from the Constitution. Technically, the way it was phrased, you could take it either way. And Bill RARELY admits he is wrong. He certainly won't when its debatable.