For the last several weeks, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has repeatedly attacked NBC News over its supposed liberal bias, citing the network’s one progressive host Keith Olbermann and military analyst William Arkin. “NBC News has taken a sharp turn to the left,” with anchors who “spew out far left propaganda on a daily basis and direct vicious, personal attacks on people with whom they disagree,” O’Reilly said.
On his February 15 broadcast, O’Reilly had major news to announce:
On another far left front, respected military analyst Colonel Kenneth Allard has severed his relationship with NBC News after 10 years.
Col. Ken Allard, a conservative commentator, wrote in a February 14 column that NBC had taken a “precipitous retreat from journalistic and ethical standards,” and declared: “With great reluctance and best wishes to my former colleagues, with this column I am severing my 10-year relationship with NBC News.”
Just one problem: According to NBC News, Allard had no ties with NBC to cut. “Mr. Allard is not under contract to NBC and hasn’t appeared on our air in nearly a year,” an NBC spokesperson told TVNewser. “In truth, there’s really nothing to sever.”
Moreover, O’Reilly already knew this. Just a week earlier, on February 8, O’Reilly had featured Allard as a guest on his show. During that appearance, a graphic under Allard described him as a “Former NBC News Military Analyst.”