Tonight on Countdown the subject of the Malmedy massacre and Bill O’Reilly’s accusation that Americans massacred Nazis came up again. On Tuesday’s Factor, O’Reilly had Wesley Clark on again and, as with the first time the two talked about it, O’Reilly again claimed that Americans massacred Nazis in Malmedy. The first incident was chronicled on ICN here…
A clip from The Factor was played of a viewer email pointing out to O’Reilly that the Americans were massacred and not the Nazis. O’Reilly responded that some Nazis were executed after Malmedy: “In the heat of the debate with General Clark, my statment wasn’t clear enough Mr. Caldwell…after Malmedy some German captives were executed by American troops.”
Olbermann then retorted:
Wrong answer. When you are that wrong - when you are defending Nazi war criminals and pinning their crimes on Americans and are caught doing so - twice - You are supposed to say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong” and then you’re supposed to shut up for a long time.
Instead FOX washed its transcript of O’Reilly’s remarks Tuesday. Its website claims O’Reilly said “In Normandy” when as you heard in fact he said “In Malmedy”. The rewriting of past reporting worthy of George Orwell has now carried over into such online transcription services as Burells and Factiva.
Transcripts are notoriously sloppy so I’m not convinced that it’s a given that FNC changed the wording. The likelihood is that the transcription service got it wrong.
UPDATE: Crooks & Liars has the video…