Angie's List Pulls Ads From O'Reilly Factor Following Sexual Harassment Accusations
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 17:44
While not many people have publicly supported O'Reilly since the New York Times revealed that he had paid almost $13 million in five separate sexual harassment settlements, Trump asserted that he does not believe the allegations against the Fox News star.
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".
Rep. Maxine Waters blasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his defense of Bill O'Reilly despite new revelations of numerous sexual harassment allegations leveled against the Fox News host.
Bill O'Reilly is in trouble.
Just seven advertisements ran on Thursday's "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News after almost 60 companies this week reportedly dropped their sponsorships of the highly rated prime-time program.
So far, the controversy has not negatively affected O'Reilly's ratings. Forty percent of Trump voters got news about the election from Fox News, according to the Pew Research Center.
21st Century Fox, Fox News' parent company and part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, is standing behind O'Reilly.
Trump also made news during his Republican run for president when a decade-plus old Access Hollywood video surfaced showing him making derogatory and vulgar comments about women.
As of Thursday morning, 55 companies had pulled advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor" amid allegations of sexual harassment against O'Reilly.
Some feel that Bill O'Reilly has just met a new woman named Karma, though it's not certain if he'll try to sexually harass her as well.
21st Century Fox is still dealing with the legal fallout from sexual harassment charges against former Fox News head Roger Ailes.
Another x-factor for Fox and O'Reilly is that there is a progressive grassroots movement keeping the network in check that did not exist a decade ago. Despite the layers of laws, critics say many employer programs are too superficial to completely thwart such behavior.
After the allegations, Rice said on MSNBC that she has done nothing wrong and that the claims are "absolutely false". I worked for 13 years at Media Matters for America, and in that time, I saw progressive push back go from a far-flung and disparate constellation of media watchers to the organized and structured movement that effectively networks together through social media today. Prosecutors have declined to discuss the case, but a lawyer for one of the alleged harassment victims has said his client received a subpoena from a grand jury looking into whether Fox News sought to hide settlements.