Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday, former CBS News correspondent Eric Engberg told host Brian Stelter that he was inspired to come on the show after seeing a video from 2009, where Bill O’Reilly had said that he and the other CBS correspondents assigned to Buenos Aires in 1982 had hidden in their hotel rooms while he was braving a “war zone” and heroically saving the life of his cameraman.
“What he just said is a fabrication, a lie,” Engberg said after Stelter played a clip of O’Reilly claiming that he was the only reporter not “hiding” in his hotel room. “There were five CBS news correspondents, including him, assigned to that bureau. They were under the direction of Larry Doyle one of our very best field producers…he’s a very skilled operator in combat and dangerous situations. He sent all five of the correspondents and all ten or twelve of the camera crew members out into the street, nobody stayed in their hotel room because they were afraid.”
Engberg went on to explain that he never heard any gunfire and that the riots at the Casa Rosada that night were tame by comparison to the demonstrations he had covered in Washington D.C. during the Vietnam war. His account also supports a statement given by Jim Forrest, a sound engineer who had been among those covering the aftermath of the Falkland War.
“There were certainly no dead people,” Forrest told CNN. “Had there been dead people, they would have sent more camera crews.”
The accounts given by Engberg and Forrest are supported by cameraman Manny Alvarez and four others who were there but preferred to remain anonymous, most likely because they are still working in the industry and do not want to face an attack by O’Reilly.
One person who did decline to speak on the subject was the cameraman who Bill claims to have rescued after he was trampled by police who O’Reilly alleged then pointed a gun at his head.
Mia Fabius, who was the officer manager of CBS’ Miami bureau has stayed in contact with Robert Moreno, the cameraman, says that he has never said anything to her about being injured that night, an account supported by everyone else who was present and say that no one had been injured.
Engberg also said that when Doyle asked for the footage shot by O’Reilly’s cameraman saying that Bob Schieffer would be doing the segment on the recap that evening Bill exploded saying that he wasn’t about to allow his tape to be “used by that old man.” Doyle sent him home the next day.
Watch the interview in the video below from Mediaite.