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OCTOBER 3, 2003
5:32 PM
CONTACT:  Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Newsroom (212) 633-6700
The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly
NEW YORK - October 3 - FAIR is pleased to announce the release of "The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly." Written by FAIR's Peter Hart, the book sets the record straight on the errors and inconsistencies on the most-watched program on cable news.

About the book:

"Caution: You're about to enter a no-spin zone" is the warning with which Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly kicks off his no-holds-barred cable news program, The O'Reilly Factor, every night. O'Reilly is the reigning king of cable news, with a huge lead in the ratings, two best-selling books and a nationally syndicated radio program.

O'Reilly's "no spin zone" motto is clever marketing-- but who's keeping track of O'Reilly's own spin? From his support for Bush's tax cuts and a war with Iraq to his attacks on everything from National Public Radio to "welfare mothers," O'Reilly consistently concocts evidence to support his conservative talking points. Sometimes it's even hard to keep track of O'Reilly's opinions: after the September 11 attacks, he advocated devastating bombing against civilian targets in a number of countries, including Libya ("Let them eat sand."). Questioned about it a few weeks later, O'Reilly was spinning: "I never said bomb a civilian. I would bomb military targets. I would bomb military targets.... I'm not talking about civilians."

Following in the footsteps of FAIR's hit book, 'The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error', 'The Oh Really? Factor' uses facts and humor to challenge the many absurd, outlandish, and just plain incorrect statements made by the country's most-watched cable news host.

Upcoming author appearances:

Friday October 10, 7:00pm
Harvard Co-op Bookstore
1400 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
Call 617-499-2000 for more information

Tuesday October 21, 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble Upper West Side Store
2289 Broadway @ 82nd St.
New York, NY
Call 212-362-8835 for more information

November 6, 7:00 pm
WPFW fundraiser
University of the District of Columbia Auditorium
Bldg 46, 4400 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, DC
For reservations call 202-588-0999 x 344
$8 in advance; $10 at the door

"Peter Hart's book is fair and balanced, and if you don't think so you can sue me." --Al Franken

You can get this essential book for FREE-- if you sign up for a two-year subscription to Extra!, FAIR's bimonthly magazine, and receive the book at no extra cost. The two-year subscription special is available for $40 (U.S. orders only) at:


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