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O’Reilly Defends Reporting, Hits CNN Host He Says Is ‘Far-Left Zealot Masquerading as a Journalist\


"CNN can do a lot better than this guy."

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly again blasted Mother Jones Friday, calling the publication a "far-left magazine" which is "considered by many the bottom rung of journalism in America."

The strong words came one day after the liberal publication published a story alleging the famed Fox News host repeatedly misled viewers about his war reporting.

O'Reilly immediately disputed the report, calling it a "bunch of lies" in an interview with TheBlaze Thursday. On Friday, he turned to his television program to again slam the publication and direct his ire at the author.

"In this Internet age, the defamation they put forth, gets exposure," O'Reilly said, according to a transcript of his "Talking Points Memo" published online. "And so I have to deal with this garbage tonight."

[sharequote align="right"]"Real journalists knew this was B.S. from the jump."[/sharequote]

Calling Corn a "liar" and "guttersnipe" who "smeared" him, O'Reilly reiterated that "everything I said about my reportorial career, everything, is true."

"Mother Jones and the far left websites couldn't care less about the truth," O'Reilly said. "They are in the business to injure. This is a political hit job."

The Fox News host then directed his criticism to CNN, specifically the outlet's media reporter Brian Stelter who O'Reilly has been at odds with before.

"At this point, TV coverage has been scant, but CNN tried to exploit the situation because a guy over there named Brian Stelter is another far-left zealot masquerading as a journalist," O'Reilly said. "CNN can do a lot better than this guy."

"Real journalists knew this was B.S. from the jump," he added.

CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday opened up his nightly program with Stelter Thursday, attempting to draw similarities between allegations against O'Reilly and the scandal that resulted in "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams' suspension.

Stelter wrote on Twitter Friday evening that he had requested an interview with O'Reilly, but said it had been declined.

This story had been updated with video.

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