Bill O'Reilly Sex Scandal
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 16:28
The network, which faced a slew of sexual harassment allegations surrounding its chairman, Roger Ailes, last year, and several more implicating him this week, lost close to 50 advertisers on O'Reilly's show, though many kept their placements on the broader channel in place. In 2011, political commentator Glen Beck was dropped from his Fox News show after his increasingly controversial comments made him unattractive to advertisers.
Andrea Mackris, a former producer on O'Reilly's show, said in her 2004 sexual harassment suit that the anchor made threats about what would happen if she complained about his behavior, saying she would "pay so dearly that she'll wish she'd never been born". Unfortunately, there was a breakdown between the media buying agency and Fox News that led to this inadvertent airing.
O'Reilly produces more revenue than anyone else for Fox News, according to research firm Kantar Media and reported by USA Today. Now, the National Organization for Women is leading a push to get O'Reilly fired.
The problem of workplace sexual harassment certainly isn't unique to O'Reilly or Fox News. More than 20 advertisers pulled its ads on the show and network as a result. "If other advertisers are leaving and you're staying it makes you look worse.I think you'll see all mainstream advertisers abandon this program". Sexual assault and harassment are larger societal problems, and while the outrage now aimed at O'Reilly is valid and necessary, advertisers should be sure they don't lose sight of the the bigger picture.
But it's all catching up with Bill O'Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise that they created over there at Fox.
"If they continue to do this, in the way that they have done, they need to go to jail", Waters expounded.
After the allegations, Rice said on MSNBC that she has done nothing wrong and that the claims are "absolutely false". "I can not be thought to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly or anybody".
Waters comments came in response to a question about President Trump's defense of O'Reilly.
However, O'Reilly's date with Karma may not go as well as many have hoped. The program included just seven advertisements and was, without warning or explanation, cut 15 minutes short.
In this combination photo, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, appears at the Justice on Trial Film Festival on October 20, 2013, in Los Angeles and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor", on October 1, 2015 in NY.