Bill O’Reilly blasted the media’s coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in tonight’s Talking Points Memo.
The Malaysia government today concluded that Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean and that there were no survivors.
"The Factor" host offered his condolences to the families who lost loved ones aboard the airliner.
O’Reilly thinks the black box will not be found, meaning that the reason the plane crashed will likely remain shrouded in mystery unless the FBI uncovers a motive.
Last week, O’Reilly said he thought the plane had crashed in the Indian Ocean. He said it was “obvious” from radar and satellite information that the pilot or pilots took the plane off course and it crashed.
“But the media misled you,” he said. “It exploited the airliner story to manipulate viewership. It allowed charlatans to put forth preposterous theories, and that denigrated the entire journalism industry.”
O’Reilly said it’s time for the public to “wise up.” He said the national press is not telling the truth on important matters.
“In many cases, we are being actively misled and exploited in the process,” he said. “The coverage of the missing jetliner was embarrassing, irresponsible and dishonest.”
O’Reilly referenced people who said on national television that the plane landed somewhere. He asked the question: What if your family was on the plane?
“Finally, you guys watch this broadcast to get the truth,” he said. “I gave you the truth last week, seven full days before the announcement today. By doing that, I got hammered by dishonest contemptible media people… I’m proud we got the story right, as usual. We will always tell you the truth on ‘The Factor’ and we will always present facts.”
Watch O'Reilly's full Talking Points Memo above.
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