Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, accused GE of being under suspicion for providing materials that are used by terrorists to build roadside bombs to attack U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no truth to this irresponsible and maliciously false report. O’Reilly and Fox News have provided no facts and no evidence to support their outrageous claims. As we told Fox News prior to the broadcast, GE does not make the product in question nor does it do business with a company identified by Fox News as being involved in these alleged transactions.
Amazingly, O’Reilly admits that Fox News cannot confirm that GE is under suspicion yet makes the charge anyway. Read the full transcript.
Fox News is in a heated rivalry with GE’s MSNBC cable news network and this has influenced its coverage of GE. We usually do not respond to the misleading and inaccurate claims made on this program because very few people take them seriously, but tonight’s report took this smear campaign to a new low. GE is not going to let the reputation of a good company and its good people be smeared by this reckless attack by a television personality. O’Reilly and Fox News have knowingly and without foundation damaged the reputation of GE, its employees and shareholders.