Few ads run on 'O'Reilly Factor' as boycott takes effect

Major advertisers have pulled out of The O'Reilly Factor, a Fox News broadcast, following sexual harassment claims against host Bill O'Reilly, says the New York Times. The New York Times had revealed over the weekend that Fox News' parent company had paid settlements totaling $13 million to five women to keep quiet about alleged mistreatment at the hands of Fox's prime-time star. "They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O'Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews".

"I feel like President Trump is making our entire country a hostile environment for working women", asserted Lisa Bloom, attorney for Wendy Walsh, a former Fox News guest and one of O'Reilly's accusers. "But if the pressure grows or remains consistent, I think we might", she said".

Waters took issue with Trump's statement, saying, "You know the president is over there talking today about Susan Rice going to jail. If they continue to do this in the way that they have done, they need to go to jail", Waters told MSNBC's Chris Hayes, adding that Trump "didn't do himself any good" in defending O'Reilly, but that she was "not surprised" that he did.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was a guest of the town hall, said he had been friends with Trump for decades until they had a falling-out.

O'Reilly, who has been hosting the breakout Fox News show since 1996, has ties to the Bay State. In a chart that compares "Old School" businesses to "Snowflake" businesses, O'Reilly notes that the most powerful person at a Snowflake company is the head of HR - not the CEO.

"This really is a sexual harassment enterprise", Waters said.

CNN reports that more than 60 companies have pulled their ads from "The O'Reilly Factor", including: Mercedes-Benz, Advil, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, Untuckit, Allstate, Esurance, T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Credit Karma, Wayfair, TrueCar, the Society for Human Resource Management and The Wonderful Company.

"Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O'Reilly".

Carlson sued Fox News boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment past year, ultimately forcing his ouster from the network.

Maddow has seen a big surge in her ratings of late, and has bested Fox News in several recent matchups.

  • Salvatore Jensen