As the scandal surrounding Bill O’Reilly’s “war zone” experience in Buenos Aires while covering a Malvinas protest in 1982 continues to grow, CBS News opened its archives and decided to post its reports from that time, when the population was outraged at the military junta and took to Plaza de Mayo to protest Leopoldo Galtieri‘s regime.
The reports were broadcast between on June 15 and 16 and they indeed show that O’Reilly’s claims that the street protests were like “a combat zone” have been greatly exaggerated. And other reporters who were there at the time describe it as a “chaotic, violent protest”.
Basically a regular day in good old Buenos Aires.
Sucks for O’Reilly, since it was the Fox News host himself who asked CBS to release the tapes to “prove” he was right.
But Bill O’Reilly aside, the footage is fascinating.
The hairdos, the VHS-feel, a very young Dan Rather and anchors saying Argen-teen instead of Argentine.
The footage is from the uprising against Galtieri right after Argentina lost the Malvinas War, which ended with his removal from power.
Hard to believe it was such a different country 33 years ago, isn’t it?