By Erik Wemple, Published: August 30 at 10:14 am
A fully cornered Bill O’Reilly last night issued a bold and full-throated apology for a rather consequential error from his Wednesday night broadcast. In a chat with pundit James Carville, O’Reilly stated that Republicans and conservatives hadn’t been invited to speak at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Not so. Here’s the text of the correction in full:
Last night during my discussion with James Carville about the Martin Luther King commemoration I said there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong. It was wrong. Some Republicans were asked to speak. They declined. And that was a mistake. They should have spoken. Now, the mistake, entirely on me. I simply assumed that since all the speakers were liberal Democrats, Republicans were excluded. So, here’s the “Tip of the Day” — always check out the facts before you make a definitive statement. And, when you make a mistake, admit it.
By the way, I’m sorry I made that mistake. It’s very annoying because I know you guys watch “The Factor” for accuracy.
What Bill O’Reilly’s apology means
Gotta give O'Reilly credit for fessing up like a man.