O'Reilly factors in fear, and beyond
Politico also jumped on this recent development, which got even more shares because it focused on just the threat (13,800+). "It's days like this when I really miss Colbert. Please come back, Stephen, even for one night," pleads journalist Bob Drummond. It's unfortunate for O'Reilly, actually, because his threat coincides with CBS News releasing the footage he said would exonerate him, except Mother Jones reports it doesn't support his claims (11,000+ shares). But will any of this matter? As journalist Jay Rosen points out to the NY Times, "Fox News Channel is news for people who don’t trust the rest of the news media ... They actually want the controversy because it fits this strategy."
O'Reilly isn't the only one under scrutiny. The Huffington Post reports that Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs, falsely claimed he served in the special forces (7,100 shares). "VA secretary lied, like everyone else lately," synopsizes Tyler Kingkade there. In the U.K., Green Party leader Natalie Bennett gave a nightmare of an interview (9,500+ shares) while Sir Malcolm Rifkind steps down as security committee chairman and as an MP. The New Yorker's Lauren Collins notices, "Most chilling phrase in the British language: 'I'm terribly sorry to hear that.'" Back to the U.S., an Idaho lawmaker asked if a woman could swallow a camera for a gynecological exam before a medical abortion (which got a whopping 31,000+ shares). "Knee bone connected to the thigh bone, but this doesn't work like that," quips Washington Examiner's Jennifer Peebles.
The Associated Press showcases its brilliance in exposing how Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock spent taxpayer and campaign funds on private planes, concerts and more by extracting location data associated with Instagram images then correlating it with flight records (2,300 shares). "'"Haters gonna hate' - Taylor Swift, no [one] else," jokes amNewYork's Dan Rivoli. Abroad, leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim is contradicted by Mossad (~17,000 shares). "As Netanyahu warned the world Iran was moving to nuclear bombs, secret docs just released show they knew it was false," Glenn Greenwald tweets. Simultaneously in France, authorities are hunting the pilots of drones that were seen over Parisian landmarks (~ 600 shares).