While Fox News has stood firm in defending its star Bill O'Reilly, USA Today thinks the network should back off.
In an editorial, USA Today writes, "By journalism ethics, Fox should distance itself from its truth-challenged employee. But that's not likely to happen because for Fox and its fans, credibility is established by different means. Having common enemies matters more than factual detail. That's why Fox has left a canyon-wide gap between its standards and those of NBC."
The paper writes that, "But now O'Reilly stands exposed of the same kind of puffed-up truth-bending he so regularly derides on his show."
The editorial goes on to praise NBC for taking action against a lying Brian Williams and thinks that Fox News should do the same with O'Reilly.
Problem is, now that FNC has gone out of it's way to have O'Reilly's back, can they now turn 180 degrees?
It is likely that the network won't and it will be interesting if it has and long term effects.