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Bill O'Reilly Challenges Ted Koppel To Point Out When He's Lied (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 16th 2010 5:43PM
In a much circulated op-ed piece published in the Washington Post, former 'Nightline' host Ted Koppel bemoaned the death of "objective" journalism, and criticizing partisan cable news channels Fox News and MSNBC as "not good for the republic."

Bill O'Reilly was one of a group cable news personalities Koppel called out in the article. O'Reilly's response to Koppel, which he delivered on 'The Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) was actually fairly measured, and at times even complimentary. But he did issue Koppel a challenge:

"Koppel names me and a bunch of other people, and said look, these guys are just lying, they're just making up facts," O'Reilly complained.

"(Koppel) couldn't give examples of me lying on the air, using an opinion not based on facts. He couldn't do it. And if he could he ought to come on here and do it and then he'd shut me up for good.

To be fair, Koppel never used the word "lying" in his op-ed. And, surely, Koppel could find examples of O'Reilly -- or anyone else who has been doing what O'Reilly's job for as long as O'Reilly's been doing it -- issuing an opinion that isn't totally "based on facts." Regardless, we'd still like to see Mr. Koppel take a seat in the No Spin Zone.

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