These 2 MA companies are pulling ads from 'The O'Reilly Factor'

On Sunday morning, the NY Times reported that Fox News has paid over $13 million in settlements to five women who have accused political commentator Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

But on Wednesday, Trump signaled he still stands behind The O'Reilly Factor host, telling the New York Times "I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person".

Waters went on to criticize Ivanka Trump's silence on the matter, saying, "I think she either advised [Trump] wrong or she's absent and she's not in it".

"I wonder why women at the network would take that particularly seriously", he said. "I can not be thought to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly or anybody".

Some female Fox News employees have expressed "anguish, distress and concern" over the way the Bill O'Reilly sexual harassment scandal has been handled by the company, according to according to a report from NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik. A report in USA Today said that the show's ratings are up from a week before.

O'Reilly usually pushes back aggressively at critics on his program but has not addressed this week's controversy.

Many large companies are involved in the commercial boycott, including Jenny Craig, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ancestry, Hyundai, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Consumer Care, Constant Contact, Lexus, UNTUCKit, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Esurance, T. Rowe Price, Credit Karma and Allstate.

Trump also rallied to the defense of former Fox News chief Roger Allies when he faced similar accusations, telling reporters he found a series of sexual harassment allegations lodged against him to be "unfounded". The right-wing news channel apparently bought the host's story, since they just announced that O'Reilly's contract has been renewed for $18.5 million.

Since then, at least 50 companies have withdrawn advertisements from his top-rated show.

A company spokesperson confirmed the decision in an email.

Advertisers who stay on O'Reilly's show risk aligning themselves with "the mistreatment of women in the workplace", said Mimi Chakravorti, a brand strategy expert at the Landor consulting firm. He and several Fox News executives are presently under FBI investigation for using corporate funds as hush payments for the company's sexual harassment victims. In addition, Fox News was again number one in total viewers in primetime with 2.3 million for the week compared to 1.7 million for MSNBC.

  • Salvatore Jensen