Friday, October 21, 2005

O'Reilly inaccurate! No, really?

Bill O'Reilly, in my humble opinion, seems to be a loose cannon (see also: Rush Limbaugh). This isn't the first time he's provided erroneous facts.

"On the October 19 editions of both Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor and the nationally syndicated The Radio Factor, host Bill O'Reilly claimed that '3 million,' then '4 or 5 million,' illegal immigrants crossed the border last year into the United States. But these claims contradict three recent academic studies that have all put the number of new illegal immigrants arriving in the country each year at around 500,000. O'Reilly said on The O'Reilly Factor that the Border Patrol estimates it apprehends one out of every 'three or four' illegal immigrants; on The Radio Factor, he claimed that the Border Patrol apprehends one out of every 'four or five.' Using the Border Patrol's estimate of 1 million illegal immigrants detained and the one-to-three estimated ratio, he calculated on The O'Reilly Factor that 3 million crossed the border each year."

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See also:
  • Another reason to take O'Reilly with a grain of salt: "On the October 13 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that '47 states will not allow local and state police' to arrest undocumented immigrants, adding that 'only Florida, Arkansas, and Alabama have empowered authorities to detain illegals.'"

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