O’Reilly originally claimed that he and his colleagues “were attacked by protesters” when covering the 1992 riots. “They were throwing bricks and stones at us,” O’Reilly told an online interviewer in 2006. “Concrete was raining down on us. The cops saved our butts that time.”
Earlier this week, he told broadcaster Hugh Hewitt: “We were attacked, we were attacked by protesters, where bricks were thrown at us.”
However, six people who covered the riots with O’Reilly for CBS’ Inside Edition at the time told the Guardian they did not recall an incident in which, as O’Reilly has claimed, “concrete was raining down on us” and “we were attacked by protesters.”
His CBS colleagues were reporters Bonnie Strauss, Tony Cox, Rick Kirkham, and crew members Theresa McKeown, Bob McCall, and Neil Antin.
“It didn’t happen. If it did, how come none of the rest of us remember it?” Kirkham said.