Bill O'Reilly is apparently sticking to his guns when it comes to his widely debunked claims about NBC's coverage of drones.
O'Reilly famously said he'd seen "nothing" about the Obama administration's drone policies on NBC, even though it was NBC that broke the latest drone story and caused the biggest public debate about the program in its history. When various outlets called him on it, O'Reilly insisted that he had been talking about a lack of analysis and criticism about the program on NBC and MSNBC, and called his critics "far left loons."
CNN's Howard Kurtz was a little late to this game, but he chided O'Reilly with gusto on Sunday's "Reliable Sources."
"O'Reilly obviously misspoke and I thought he would just come back the next night and correct the record," he said, adding, "Bill, the only reason there is a drone debate right now is because NBC News revealed that memo."
"Are you kidding me Howard, are you kidding me?" O'Reilly shot back on Monday. "Come on, man! The double standard of media coverage on waterboarding versus drones has been apparent for years! You don't know that? And don't give me any of this 'O'Reilly misspoke business.' You know exactly what Beckel and I were talking about, or you should know."
O'Reilly acknowledged that NBC had indeed broken the story.
"NBC News was handed the drone memo by somebody, and it reported the story," he said. "Good for them! But has analysis by NBC commentators reflected drone disdain at the level of waterboarding disdain? Not even close."
A worthy point! But still not the one O'Reilly was making earlier.
Apparently, Kurtz will be a guest on O'Reilly's Wednesday show, where the two can talk the whole thing out.