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Bill O'Reilly on '60 Minutes' Benghazi Apology: 'I’ll Cut 'Em Some Slack on the Mistake\

"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.'"

(Image source: Fox News via YouTube)

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said he's not hammering "60 Minutes" too hard for its Benghazi report, which deeply criticized the Obama administration but in which its main source lied. Lara Logan appeared on the following week's program and apologized, but many have said that isn't enough.

(Image source: Fox News via YouTube)

O'Reilly made his statements on Fox News' "Media Buzz" program hosted by Howard Kurtz, who noted that a number of people have said the "60 Minutes" apology for the Benghazi report "didn't get much attention on Fox News because it doesn’t fit their conservative agenda of pushing Benghazi as a big story."

“I didn’t report it big,” O’Reilly replied. “Maybe that’s a valid criticism against Fox News. I don’t run Fox News…"

"Everybody makes [mistakes]. 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.”

Here's the Fox News segment; the Benghazi discussion starts at about the 6-minutes mark:

(H/T: Mediaite)

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