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Bill O'Reilly fired from Fox News after NYTimes report on $13 million in sexual harrassment settlements

by Andi Boggs | April 20, 2017

Bill OReilly
Bill O'Reilly fired from Fox News, after his show loses 50 advertisers

After being troubled by the way Bill O’Reilly treated American heros like Jim Fetzer, the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth when he was a guest on the show "The O'Reilly Factor," I was overjoyed to learn of the long over due dishonorable discharge of Bill O’Reilly reported on April 19, 2017 from his former employer Fox News and their parent company 21st Century Fox.

The dismissal of Bill O’Reilly from prime time TV is one of the greatest things to ever happen to television. O’Reilly didn’t just harass his female colleagues, he harassed all of America in the post 9/11 era. When 9/11 occurred it was the type of event that Bill O’Reilly thrived on. He was not traumatized by it, he saw opportunity in it- a perfect opportunity to capitalize on ignorance, lies, false patriotism and false virtue. After news that Fox News and Bill O'Reilly paid $13 million to settle 5 lawsuits brought by women Bill O'Reilly had sexually harassed, over 50 advertisers pulled their advertisements from "The O'Reilly Factor." O'Reilly's behavior was no longer profitable to Fox News as he had become a money losing liability despite his high ratings. Included among the advertisers who withdrew their ads from "The O'Reilly Factor" were Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, GlaxoSmithKline, T. Rowe Price, Mitsubishi, AllState, Constant Contact, an online marketer, Untuckit, a men's clothing distributor, Jaguar, Eli Lilly, Credit Karma, and pet food company Ainsworth and many others.

According to a Bing search for Bill O’Reilly's birthday, he was born on September 10, 1949, making him currently 67 years old though he looks more like 77 or 87. Most of the women who appear on Fox News rarely look older than 47. Comparing the standards of beauty between the men and women on Fox News, it was obvious that sexism was embedded in the culture of the conservative network. Roger Ailes was forced to resign as Fox News CEO in the summer of 2016 after his sexual harassment of Gretchen Carlson was exposed in a lawsuit. O’Reilly’s only comment on the resignation of his boss Roger Ailes was “For once I will keep my big mouth shut.” However it was too late for the puppet of the powerful, his own downfall for the same kind of offensive behavior was inevitable. It was reported in the first weekend of April 2017 in the New York Times that O’Reilly and his employer Fox News had paid 5 women $13 million to settle claims of sexual harassment and other allegations of misconduct by O’Reilly. The $13 million did not include the $9 million O’Reilly paid to Andrea Mackris, a former producer of "The O’Reilly Factor" in a 2004 sexual harassment lawsuit while he was still married. Apparently, Bill O’Reilly’s victims had a history of recording him sexually harassing them over the telephone, which reveals how stupid he is, something that was evident to most of the people who watched his show.

Revolt by advertisers against "The O'Reilly Factor" which is now gone from Fox News comes a month after Google lost billions in advertising revenue from corporate sponsors who withdrew their ads from Youtube for fear of brand damage from having their ads viewed before questionable content.


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Sources:

 

Steel, E. & Schmidt, M. (4 April 2017) Fox losing more advertisers after sexual harassment claims against O'Reilly BostonGlobe.

Associated Press (4 April 2017) More advertisers quit Bill O’Reilly’s top rated Fox show after sexual harassment report. USAToday.

Stuart, T. ( 19 April 2017) A Timeline of Bill O’Reilly’s vileness. RollingStone.

NewYorkTimes