It's no secret that Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has a high opinion of himself. To his credit, he does consistently produce the best ratings in cable news.
But last night, O'Reilly stepped up claims of his own importance to new levels: He took credit for the capture of the FBI's most wanted American, former Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger.
"This is amazing that 'The Factor' could lead to the capture of a serial killer, Whitey Bulger," O'Reilly said.
O'Reilly's logic? The FBI offered $2 million for Bulger's capture and recently began running ads all over the country to gain information of his whereabouts. But since O'Reilly has more viewers than other news outlets, the tip must have come from one of his viewers, he assumes.
"I'm taking credit, whether you like it or not," O'Reilly said.
He then conceded he has no evidence to support his claim.
"You can't do cause and effect, but you know," O'Reilly said.
Republican strategist Margaret Hoover then gave O'Reilly credit for amplifying the issue.
The tip might have come from one of O'Reilly's viewers. We don't know and neither does he. But why let a pesky thing like facts get in the way of some self-congratulation?