Amid the controversy over allegations that he has embellished or fabricated several of his war reporting experiences, O'Reilly went on a nearly five-minute rant Monday night about the real reason people "hate" Fox News.
The reason, according to O'Reilly, is because Fox News Channel is dominating.
"If FNC did not exist, America would be a far different place," he said. "The far left ideology would have a far different time."
"But we do exist," he went on, "and now dominate the primetime news cycle."
O'Reilly pulled up a recent poll from Quinnipiac University, which found that Americans trust Fox News more than any other network or cable news channel.
"Our primetime programs set the political agenda," he said.
This, he said, infuriates "progressive politicians, the liberal media, and crazed zealots" and has put them in "full attack mode" toward the network.
"MSNBC and CNN are getting hammered economically by Fox News," O'Reilly said. "The failure of those operations to compete effectively against us has cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. Some who work for those channels are desperate -- their own jobs now in jeopardy.”