Congresswoman Maxine Waters: 'Bill O'Reilly Needs to Go to Jail'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 23:54
"It's all catching up with Bill O'Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise at Fox [News]", she said in reference to the dozens of advertisers who have said they will not buy spots during his show "The O'Reilly Factor".
Like O'Reilly, Trump has previously faced accusations of sexual harassment, his coming in the form of complaints voiced by at least six women, among them a former PEOPLE magazine reporter and a contestant on his The Apprentice show.
The two have something more ominous in common, too: Each has been accused by women of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
According to TV industry news site TVNewser, "the four episodes that Bill O'Reilly hosted were the top [four] cable news shows last week". More advertisers have joined the list of defectors from Fox's The O'Reilly Factor show bringing the total to around 20. The Fox Business Network host who, after Fox failed to renew her contract, reportedly went to the company with incriminating recordings.
Roger Ailes, former chairman of Fox News, has also been the subject of sexual harassment claims and Meyers talked about his reported history of believing the Clintons had tried to assassinate him. It needs to be stopped.
Last year, UltraViolet took to social media to draw attention to the issue with an image macro pairing O'Reilly's image with the caption "Have You been Sexually Harassed By Bill O'Reilly?" that "targeted" female Fox News employees.
With a final blow, and a bit of bleak seriousness about the impact and influence Fox News has right now, Meyers concluded, "This is the network that the president relies on for information".
Mr. O'Reilly has denied the allegations, saying he reached the settlements in order to protect his children from public scrutiny.
"He's an overt misogynist, he has been his entire life, and how dare he defend Bill O'Reilly", she said. On Wednesday, Trump hosted Fox News host Jeanine Pirro for dinner at the White House, with whom the president has been friends with for over 10 years now, a source told Politico. "Totally unfounded, based on what I read".
"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", President Trump said in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday. There's already some evidence that could happen: Groups like the National Organization for Women, Color of Change, and the folks who put together the Women's March are already calling for advertisers to drop O'Reilly's how, or for Fox News to drop O'Reilly. As a result, Ailes resigned from the company and 21st Century Fox settled the lawsuit in September for $20 million. Paul Rittenberg, executive vice president for ad sales, said the network is trying to accommodate O'Reilly's advertisers by moving their spots to other programs on the channel.