There’s no logical or moral reason to sugarcoat what kind of a person Fox News’ most popular commentator Bill O’Reilly is. If we want to refer to him as a complete and total asshole, even that may still be going easy on him.
Matt Gertz at Media Matters lists all of O’Reilly’s greatest hits that qualify him winning the Nobel Piece of Shit Prize of the year. (This is posted on Alternet’s site):
“Over the past two years, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has drawn attention to President Barack Obama’s clothing at a Muslim wedding and claimed Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) was wearing a “James Brown wig,” called “many” African-Americans “ill-educated” with “tattoos on their foreheads,” and praised the workplace conditions of the slaves who built the White House. A co-worker accused him of reducing her on-air time on his show after she turned down his repeated sexual advances. His yarns about heroically covering conflicts in the Falkland Islands, El Salvador, and Northern Ireland were exposed as fiction. His latest biography was rejected as “a disservice to history” written by “an opportunistic interloper” who “debases the historian’s craft.” This fall marks the 10th anniversary of O’Reilly’s shocked declaration that African-American patron sat a famous Harlem restaurant weren’t screaming expletives at the waitstaff.”
And there’s more. You remember the sexual harassment allegations against Fox News’ former CEO Roger Ailes? It turns out he wasn’t the only perverted pig within the conservative news giant. The New York Times dropped a huge bombshell that exposed Ole’ Bill as an alleged sexual deviant and that Fox paid off his victims in million dollar settlements to keep them from pursuing legal action:
“Behind the scenes, the company has repeatedly stood by Mr. O’Reilly as he faced a series of allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.
An investigation by The New York Times has found a total of five women who have received payouts from either Mr. O’Reilly or the company in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.”
So, if Bill O’Reilly’s behavior is this horrible, why on Earth would Fox News keep him? When you think about it, it’s not that hard to figure out. Fox News has a reputation of being the number one go-to news and information site for angry white males wishing to go back in time before the end of the 1950’s and for lost people of color who love those angry white males wishing to go back in time before the end of the 1950’s.
But the main reason is that O’Reilly’s bullshit commentary is Fox News’ ultimate cash cow. His program The O’Reilly Factor is the network’s highest rated program bringing in millions of viewers for almost two decades. Fox News can’t afford to fire O’Reilly. Doing so is to bring about its own self-destruction.
Of course, the downside is that O’Reilly’s bad behavior will go unpunished. For every stupid racist remark or allegation of his unwanted sexual advances, Fox News will conduct damage control behind the cameras and the O’Reilly Factor will continue to drive ratings through the roof thanks to the good old boys complex at Fox News.