Bill O'Reilly said Sunday that those who have criticized Fox News' coverage of the botched Benghazi report on "60 Minutes" might have a point — but defended the CBS News show and said that his own decision not to focus on its apology had nothing to do with critics' allegations.
O'Reilly sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Howard Kurtz that aired on "MediaBuzz." Kurtz asked O'Reilly about the network's coverage of the "60 Minutes" report, and said, “A lot of people are saying, ‘Boy, that apology didn’t get much attention on Fox News because it doesn’t fit their conservative agenda of pushing Benghazi as a big story.’”
"If the facts were altered by it — I didn't report it big, I didn't pay much attention to it," O'Reilly said. "Maybe that's a valid criticism against Fox News. I don't run Fox News. I mean, I got my own problems with 'The Factor.'"
The Fox News host, however, went on to explain why he did not give the story much play and defended "60 Minutes."
"Everybody makes [mistakes]," O'Reilly said. "And it doesn't really have anything to do with people’s lives. People’s perception of Benghazi wasn’t changed by Lara Logan’s report. They brought in a guy who was a charlatan. He faked them out, he wanted to sell a book, he wanted money. Happens. I feel sorry for '60 Minutes.' I think they’re a noble enterprise. If I thought they weren’t, I’d go after them. But I’ll cut ‘em some slack on the mistake."