O’reilly apol­o­gizes for on-air blun­der

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Fox News Chan­nel’s Bill O’Reilly has apol­o­gized for in­cor­rectly stat­ing that no Repub­li­cans were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a cer­e­mony this week mark­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the March on Wash­ing­ton for civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

In fact, Repub­li­can House Speaker John Boehner and Ma­jor­ity Leader Eric Can­tor were in­vited but did not at­tend. For­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush sent a state­ment in com­mem­o­ra­tion. O’Reilly had made the in­cor­rect claim on Wed­nes­day, the day of the cer­e­mony.

“The mis­take — en­tirely on me,” O’Reilly said on his show Thurs­day. “I sim­ply as­sumed that since all the speak­ers were lib­eral Democrats, Repub­li­cans had been ex­cluded. So here’s the tip of the day: Al­ways check out the facts be­fore you make a de­fin­i­tive state­ment and when you make a mis­take, ad­mit it.”

O’Reilly said the Repub­li­cans made a mis­take, too. He said they should have been there.

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