Fox News Channel has hired former U.S. Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill as a contributor, offering military expertise and analysis across various daytime and primetime programs. O’Neill was profiled in a Fox News documentary last year, The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden. Last fall, O’Neill first said, in an interview with The Washington Post that he was the one who fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.
That article, in turn, triggered investigations into whether O’Neill had leaked classified material in making his claims; others have disputed his claims and he’s been criticized by some former Navy SEALs for discussing details of the campaign to kill Bin Laden.
Today’s announcement means no more appearances for O’Neill on CNN.
From FNC’s announcement:
Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said, “Rob O’Neill is an American hero who dedicated his life to serving our country and protecting our freedoms. It’s incredibly rare to have someone in a television contributor role with his leadership experience and expertise at the fighting unit level. His military insight will be a major asset to the network and we are honored to have him.”
During his career in the Navy, O’Neill has served as a team leader within the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six, and completed more than 400 different combat missions within four theaters of war. O’Neill was deployed more than a dozen times and led the military’s best individuals in many high-profile operations, including the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama and Operation Neptune’s Spear.
O’Neill, who is said to have fired the shots that killed Usama Bin Laden, is a highly-decorated combat veteran. He has received more than 52 military decorations, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.
Since being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2012, O’Neill has provided leadership advice and overseas experiences to various organizations across the country as both a speaker and consultant. Utilizing his SEAL training and knowledge of conflict situations, he has helped businesses create high-performing teams and cultivate effective management and risk assessment skills. Additionally, O’Neill remains committed to helping veterans and their families through his involvement with many military-focused charities.