Fox News host Bill O’Reilly came to the defense of embattled NBC newsman Brian Williams Monday night.
“There’s a lot of people that seem to be real happy that his career’s going down the drain,” O’Reilly said Monday during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Williams admitted Wednesday that a story he repeatedly told about his experience reporting from Iraq in 2003 was inaccurate, prompting NBC News to open an investigation into the “Nightly News” anchor. He announced an indefinite leave from the program on Saturday.
“Look, every public person in this country is a target,” O’Reilly said. “And with the internet — and you know what it is, it’s a sewer — and these people delight in seeing famous people being taken apart. And I just think it’s wrong. I mean, we’re human beings just like everybody else.”
O’Reilly added a lot would depend on whether Williams was a serial fabulist. “If it’s just one time, he’ll get by,” O’Reilly said. “But if it turns out there’s a pattern of this, it’s going to be hard for him to come back.”