April 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm #28283
It appears he likes his goose to be goosed, often and against the will of the women.
An advertiser boycott against Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly picked up dramatic speed Tuesday in a rapid-fire reaction to the news that the outspoken host has been the subject of a succession of sexual-harassment allegations over the past 15 years.
At least 11 companies, including leading car, financial and pharmaceutical advertisers, confirmed that they had pulled ads or planned to shift upcoming ads away from “The O’Reilly Factor” in the wake of reports that O’Reilly and Fox had settled five complaints made by women who have worked with him at the news network since 2002.
Collectively the advertiser retreat, which seemed to grow in a chain reaction throughout the day, represented the most significant threat to O’Reilly seen during his long, successful and occasionally controversy-riven career at Fox. A similar but slower retreat by advertisers led to the demise of Glenn Beck’s highly rated Fox program amid boycott calls by African-Americans and Jewish groups in 2011.
Among the companies that confirmed they were suspending or removing ads from his program were the automakers Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi Motors; financial firms T. Rowe Price and Allstate Insurance; drugmakers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline; plus Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, the online marketing company Constant Contact and men’s apparel seller Untuckit. The list continued to grow late in the day; by early evening, CNN had pegged the number of companies pulling their ads at 18.April 4, 2017 at 10:27 pm #28287
Fox is an ugly network that tries to over compensate with (mostly) beautiful blonde women. O’Reilly is not blonde, nor a woman. However, he is still producing high ratings, so I don’t think he is in any danger, despite the advertiser pullouts. The entire Fox culture has proven to be sexist and borderline predatory toward women, IMO. I spend very little time with this network, but they are not going away.
April 5, 2017 at 9:48 am #28294
- This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by paulwalker.
I somehow doubt that Bill’s going anywhere. That is, not as long as the show remains profitable. While the advertiser boycott is an encouraging sign, I don’t know it will either be of the duration or scale needed to truly impact the show’s viability on the network. If Fox News and “conservatives” believe in anything, it’s that profitability is the only thing that really matters.
Bill O’ Reilly had *already* been documentably involved in a long string of incidents ranging from engaging in various forms of sexual harassment, including quid pro quo suggestions of sexual favors in return for workplace advancement, to a range of hostile workplace complaints over the years. His (many) icky foibles from his “dating” life as well as his former marriage are also on the record, too. The Times investigation which uncovered even more alleged victims and proof that Fox News has paid out tens of millions of dollars of hush money is just icing on the cake. None of it remotely surprising. And none of it has been factually disputed.
All of that’s aside from his casual acquaintance with the truth as well as his outright lying, his bullying, and long history of both sexist and racist speech. None of which Fox viewers have any problem with; all it takes is being a part of the tribe and all’s forgiven. It’s the same phenomenon by when Republican politicians are allowed to say and do anything, no matter how insanely hypocritical or damaging to their own constituents, as long as they have that magic “R” next to their name.
Fox News viewers are fine with all of it. I mean, why wouldn’t they be? It’s just all fake news, right? If Bill and Fox aren’t covering it, it must not be true. Poor Bill. He’s clearly the real victim, here.
The noxious culture of Fox News has been exhaustively documented and there’s been little evidence that either senior leaders or corporate ownership have ever undertaken a serious effort to enact the kind of changes that would be necessary to address the seemingly unending H/R issues. They’re making money. All is well.
There’s two sets of rules in Con Land. The rules for those whom are successful; defined here as the ability to generate income for ownership. Then there are the rules for everyone else. By the letter of the law, and legality aside by the tenant of basic human decency and the possession of baseline moral and ethical code, if Bill O’ Reilly was your co-worker at some random place of employment he would have already been fired for cause.April 5, 2017 at 10:44 am #28297
Oh, but it’s ok. Mr 34% approval rating is in his corner, too.
President Donald Trump called Bill O’Reilly a “good person” who did nothing wrong in an interview Wednesday with The New York Times, jumping to the defense of one of his most vocal media supporters despite revelations that the Fox News host has settled five lawsuits accusing him of harassment.
Trump said O’Reilly should not have settled the lawsuits against him, details of which were published last weekend by the Times.
“He’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump told a pair of Times reporters in an Oval Office interview. “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled… Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
Two of the five settlements detailed by the Times were previously known. Taken together, they represent payments of roughly $13 million from either O’Reilly or Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox. More than 20 advertisers have pulled out of O’Reilly’s top-rated Fox News show, where praise for Trump is frequent, as a result of the report.April 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm #28302
I am certain that a non-trivial portion of the Fox audience believes that Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump will receive salvation when they die, while atheists who help old people across the street and give water to old dogs will burn in eternal Hellfire.April 9, 2017 at 10:46 pm #28366
In the meantime Hillary Clinton WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE USA EVER!!!!!!!!!April 10, 2017 at 8:58 am #28375
Likely not; though outside of the right wing bubble she’ll always be respected for her decades of public service.
You on the other hand will always be a slobbering douche nozzleApril 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm #28489
Scott JParticipantApril 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm #28508
“In the meantime Hillary Clinton WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE USA EVER!!!!!!!!!”
And thankfully, neither will you.April 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm #28527
Getting back to O’Leilly, it looks like his goose IS finally cooked.April 19, 2017 at 10:34 am #28532
Yes word is getting louder and louder that he’s done.April 19, 2017 at 11:02 am #28533
AmusParticipantApril 19, 2017 at 11:58 am #28534
Bye FeliciaApril 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm #28535
Sex ogre Ailes not available to protect sex ogre O’Reilly. #So sad.April 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm #28536
Perhaps his good buddy Donald will find a place in his administration for him.
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