Update: Here's O'Reilly's response to the protests by homeless veterans outside the Fox News studio. In the video, O'Reilly mocks homeless veterans for not watching Fox News.Brave New Films
See O'Reilly's original quote about homeless vets here.
As many of our readers no doubt predicted, the impenetrable bubble that the Fox News Channel erects to protect fancy millionaire blowhard Bill O'Reilly from the fundamental truths of the universe - such as, "Yes, Bill, there are such things as homeless veterans," and "No, Bill, no women, even desperate ones, are interested in your creepy advances" - remained as impermeable as ever this afternoon, as a group of homeless veterans who sought to prove that they are, in fact, real, were turned away by Fox News brass, and barred from delivering their request for a formal apology. In a press release, the people at Brave New Films relate:
An impromptu news conference was held in front of the FOX News Channel Studios today because veterans were denied entrance as they attempted to deliver a petition to Bill O'Reilly asking him to apologize for his comments denying the existence and importance of homeless veterans. The ensuing drama resulted in FOX News executives, flanked by security and police officials, attempting to mollify the group of veterans and Executive Director Carol Gardener of Fitzgerald House - a group that assists veterans in need - by speaking briefly to the group. In addition, one of the producers of the O'Reilly Factor, Jesse Watters, challenged the vets by deflecting the comments away from O'Reilly's statements.
Cameras were on hand to capture the goings on:
And the whole incident was reported on at length by Keith Olbermann at MSNBC.
It is presumed that Mr. O'Reilly, whose right to speak freely was won at the expense of many people's lives, slept quite comfortably tonight.