After seven months of detention in a Mexican jail for possessing firearms in his vehicle at the border, U.S. Marine reservist Sergeant Andrew Paul Tahmooressi, 26, has been released by the order of a Mexican judge. Sgt. Tahmooressi claimed that he had made a wrong turn on a California freeway that directed him into the Mexico port of entry with no way to turn back. He had a rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his truck, which is illegal to bring across the border. He was immediately arrested and put in jail on March 31.
On Monday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, Megyn Kelly was Bill O’Reilly’s guest and helped explain how two U.S. lawmakers, a governor, and a former U.S. Marine secured the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Kelly said that California Representative Ed Royce, Arizona Representative Matt Salmon, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and retired U.S. Marine Montel Williams traveled to Mexico to meet their Attorney General and other officials. After several days of discussion, the Attorney General persuaded the prosecutor to drop all the charges against Tahmooressi.
O”Reilly and Kelly complimented Fox News for giving this story the most coverage. O’Reilly said that “Fox News really drove it,” whereas MSNBC and NBC was “pretty much nothing.” He went on to say that “the morning shows had a little coverage but they were not emotionally involved like we were.”
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Kelly admitted that CNN was second to Fox in their coverage of the story, but it was still not much.
The real “bulldog” of a reporter, however, was Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, who kept the spotlight on the story until action was finally taken. Kelly said that since the story involved a legal case with unknown truths, it seemed more fitting to be covered by O’Reilly and Van Susteren who tend to mix commentary with the news. O’Reilly gave his network a pat on the back:
“The reason Fox News dominates the cable news ratings and is, I think, the most important television news voice in the world, is because we do things like this. And it resonates among people. This is the second time we’ve gotten U.S. military out of Mexican prisons when they really didn’t belong there.”
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O”Reilly was referring to an incident in 2012 when Fox News and Van Susteren were instrumental in freeing former Marine Jon Hammar, who was jailed in a violent Mexican prison for four months for attempting to declare an antique shotgun at the same border crossing.
(h/t: Conservative Tribune)
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