Fox News appears to have admitted that its veteran news presenter Bill O'Reilly embellished an anecdote from his time as a junior reporter.

O'Reilly recently went on the attack after being accused of fabricating a story about his time covering the Falklands War for CBS News; saying he would go at the New York Times "with everything I have" if its coverage was unfair.

However, it is about his time covering the Troubles in Northern Ireland that has been the centre of the latest accusations.

In his 2013 book Keep it Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World, O'Reilly claims: “I’ve seen... Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs.”

The Washington Post reports that when it approached Fox News for a statement on this, a spokesperson responded:

O’Reilly was not an eyewitness to any bombings or injuries in Northern Ireland. Instead, he was shown photos of bombings by Protestant police officers.

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