Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Bill O'Reilly "Apologizes"

Kevin Drum has been monitoring Bill O'Reilly on the issue of an apology O'Reilly had promised should we fail to find WMD in Iraq. Well, arguably, he finally did it. From Reuters:
Conservative television news anchor Bill O'Reilly said on Tuesday he was now skeptical about the Bush administration and apologized to viewers for supporting prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

The anchor of his own show on Fox News said he was sorry he gave the U.S. government the benefit of the doubt that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's weapons program poised an imminent threat, the main reason cited for going to war.

"I was wrong. I am not pleased about it at all and I think all Americans should be concerned about this," O'Reilly said in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."

"What do you want me to do, go over and kiss the camera?" asked O'Reilly, who had promised rival ABC last year he would publicly apologize if weapons were not found.

O'Reilly said he was "much more skeptical about the Bush administration now" since former weapons inspector David Kay said he did not think Saddam had any weapons of mass destruction.
O'Reilly then proceeds to place most of the blame on George Tenet.

Oh well, nonetheless, you can add O'Reilly to the growing list of conservatives who are beginning to speak out against Bush. Still, I can't help but think they'll quiet down once November rolls around.

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