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Bill O’Reilly is working the phones tonight to refute allegations in a Mother Jones story that he has a “Brian Williams problem” of having embellished his war reporting experiences over the years.

The Mother Jones story by David Corn and Daniel Schulman, posted Thursday evening, asserts that O’Reilly has made claims about his reporting in Argentina during the Falklands Islands conflict and in El Salvador and Ireland “that don’t withstand scrutiny.”

The story, “Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem,” goes into detail about his work for CBS News during the early 1980s and cites later O’Reilly statements citing his experience in the Falklands war zone when in fact the Argentine government kept reporters some 1,200 miles away from the conflict. The story includes comments from CBS News vets Bob Schieffer and Susan Zirinsky about specific incidents surrounding the coverage out of Buenos Aires, although neither directly addresses O’Reilly’s work or statements.

O’Reilly strongly refuted the accusation of embellishment and insisted that everything he reported and said about his experiences in hot spots “is absolutely true and it is all verifiable.” He called the Mother Jones story “a totally contrived piece of garbage” and asserted that Corn is an “ideological zealot” who has “a long history of character assassination against me.”

Much of the story claims that, as was the case with Williams, the NBC News anchor who was suspended last week for six months without pay, O’Reilly has exaggerated his experiences in the years that have passed since he was working in the field for CBS News. O’Reilly strongly denied that as well and claimed Corn was pursuing his own political agenda.

Fox News confirmed that Corn, who is Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief, was a contributor to the cabler from 2001-2008. Corn is currently a contributor to MSNBC.

O’Reilly told Variety that he was not sure if he would address the story on Friday’s edition of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” but he was determined to personally discredit the allegations to journalists who asked for comment on the Mother Jones story.

In an email to Variety, Corn said O’Reilly was resorting to “name-calling” in order to distract from the substance of the report. And he denied having an agenda against O’Reilly.

The scandal that has enveloped NBC News and Williams — who was forced to apologize for misleading statements about his Iraq war experience in 2003 after his account was challenged by military veterans — has suddenly heightened the scrutiny of the on- and off-camera actions of star TV journalists.

“Mother Jones simply compared O’Reilly’s assertions with the facts and identified a serious contradiction. He chooses to ignore that and to resort to insults. That doesn’t change the facts. Readers can read our report and decide,” Corn wrote.

O’Reilly, meanwhile, called Corn “a dishonest individual.” He said he and Fox News reps refused to engage with him when Mother Jones approached him for comment.

“My reports speak for themselves,” O’Reilly said. “They ran on CBS. They were accurate. I have an internal (CBS) memo praising me for my Falklands war coverage. … But this is the world we live in. Guttersnipes can write whatever they want and then it hits the Internet and takes on a life of its own.”