O’Reilly has characterized his coverage of the riots in Buenos Aires after the end of the Falklands War as having “reported on the ground in [an] active war zone.” In addition, he has claimed he rescued a CBS colleague who “got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete . . . I dragged him off the street because he was bleeding from the ear and had hit his head on the concrete."
But Ignacio Medrano-Carbo, who worked with O’Reilly during the protests, has now revealed that he was neither injured nor in need of rescue. “I never fell [down] nor was I bleeding out my ear at any time during my Buenos Aires assignment,” Medrano-Carbo said. “I do not even recall Mr. O'Reilly being near me when I shot all that footage nor after I left the unrest at Plaza de Mayo that evening.”
O’Reilly has claimed he was working with CBS cameraman Roberto Moreno on the night of the Buenos Aires riots, but in reality, Moreno was a sound engineer at the time and did not even begin working as a cameraman until years later.
O'Reilly has also said he witnessed widespread casualties during the Buenos Aires riot. Medrano-Carbo says this is also untrue. “I can confirm that no one I know of who worked with me in Buenos Aires during the Falkland War ever heard of any CBS crew member getting beat or hurt,” he says. “Nor did any demonstrators get killed that night at Plaza de Mayo.”
O'Reilly has responded to the allegation, saying he never worked with Medrano. Medrano-Carbo quickly responded to O'Reilly's denials, saying "I don't know what to say... Ninety-nine percent of the footage in his report was mine. How'd he get that footage, if I [wasn't] his cameraman?