On FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, host Bill O’Reilly’s “tip of the day” segment took a big stab at Talking Points Memo‘s Benjy Sarlin. Or, as O’Reilly calls him, “BENNN-GEE.”
“Remember, there are no standards in cyberspace,” O’Reilly said, cautioning viewers to be skeptical of what they see online.
He used a post by Sarlin as an example — a writeup on Sen. Marco Rubio‘s (R-Fla.) recent appearance on the show. It referenced a well-known exchange on illegal immigrants and drunk driving between O’Reilly and his FNC colleague Geraldo Rivera. Sarlin described O’Reilly as “a host who once got into an on-air screaming match with Geraldo Rivera over whether to blame drunk driving deaths on illegal immigration.”
According to O’Reilly, it was an unfair characterization. “This is a complete lie,” he said. “Everybody’s seen that chat I had with Rivera. It was about illegal-alien crime. violent crime. That’s what it was about.” He continued, “So, Benjy knows that. But he’s lying.”
At least they put up a nice photo of Sarlin while shoving a boot up his ass.
O’Reilly went on to say… that his team “politely asked” TPM to run a correction. “They refused. And why should they correct the record? They answer to nobody.” Lastly, O’Reilly urged his viewers to carefully evaluate online sources, “especially when articles are written by a guy named Benjy. The dog is okay.”
“Benji” is, of course, a fictional series of stories about a dog who helps people who find themselves in different predicaments.
Neither Sarlin nor his editors at TPM would comment on the record.