Bill O’Reilly To George Will: You’re A Hack [VIDEO]

Two days ago George Will wrote a Washington Post column attacking Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Reagan in which he denounces O’Reilly’s “slander” for claiming that the assassination attempt on Reagan triggered a mental decline so severe that his advisors considered using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Last night the fellow Fox News personalities tangled on-air about the claim and things got rather heated. Watch below. From Will’s column:

The book’s pretense of scholarship involves 151 footnotes, only one of which is even remotely pertinent to the book’s lurid assertions. Almost all contain irrelevant tidbits (“Reagan’s hair was actually brown”). At the Reagan Library, where researchers must register, records show that neither O’Reilly nor Dugard, who churn out a book a year, used its resources. The book’s two and a half pages of “sources” unspecifically and implausibly refer to “FBI and CIA files,” “presidential libraries” and travel “around the world.” They also cite Kitty Kelley’s scabrous 1991 Nancy Reagan “biography,” a sewer of rumors and innuendos that probably is the source of the sexual factoids O’Reilly and Dugard recycle. The book’s perfunctory pieties about Reagan’s greatness are inundated by its flood of regurgitated slanders about his supposed lassitude and manipulability. This book is nonsensical history and execrable citizenship, and should come with a warning: “Caution — you are about to enter a no-facts zone.”