O’Reilly & Trump … Birds Of A Feather

Yesterday (Wednesday), Donald Trump, the man who claims the title of president, the man who needs to be dealing with a failed health care bill, a deeply-divided nation, a pending budget that is also destined for failure, an impending visit from the leader of China, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and other situations too numerous to list here, took time out of his busy scheduled to call Bill O’Reilly and offer his support.  The man we pay to lead our nation has nothing better to do than to offer support to a sexual predator!  But then, we must remember that Trump is no less a sexual predator than O’Reilly, so … it takes one to know one, and birds of a feather flock together … appear fitting at this point.

On 13 October 2004, Bill O’Reilly was accused of sexual harassment by Andrea Mackris, an associate producer who worked with O’Reilly at Fox News Channel. The lawsuit was quietly and quickly settled once Ms. Mackris produced taped evidence of O’Reilly’s sleaziness.  News of the lawsuit was public knowledge, however O’Reilly appeared to be Teflon-coated and suffered no ramifications beyond paying a reportedly large cash settlement to Ms. Mackris. Now, thirteen years later, and O’Reilly obviously did not learn a lesson, as he is back in the hot seat.

Last week, an investigation by the New York Times found a total of five women who have received payouts from either Mr. O’Reilly or Fox Broadcasting in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.  Two of the settlements came after the network’s former chairman, Roger Ailes, was dismissed last summer in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, when the company said it did not tolerate behavior that “disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment.”  Apparently they do not tolerate such behaviour unless it comes from one of their top-rated performers. Besides the women who reached settlements, two other women have spoken of inappropriate behavior by the host.

The response to the New York Times’ story was immediate and for a time it appeared that Fox would have little choice other than to terminate O’Reilly’s contract as advertisers began pulling their ads, and the prominent National Organization for Women (NOW) called for his dismissal.  So far, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, BMW of North America, Lexus, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Constant Contact, Credit Karma, True Car, GlaxoSmithKline, Allstate, Esurance, T. Rowe Price, Wayfair, Orkin, Society for Human Resource Management, H&R Block, Jenny Craig, Advil, Ancestry, and a host of others have pulled their ads from The O’Reilly Factor.  In most cases, this would have already resulted in the dismissal of O’Reilly and an apology from Fox. There was a time not too long ago when the allegation of serial sexual harassment was a guaranteed career killer, as Bill Cosby and O’Reilly’s svengali, Roger Ailes, found out the hard way. However ….

Today we live in a “Brave New World” where a man who admits to groping women against their will and spying on nude women can, nonetheless, be elected to the highest office in the land. Take just a minute to think about that one, if you will. As for the O’Reilly scandal … the public seems to be loving it.  Ratings for The O’Reilly Factor have increased since the Times broke the story, with this week’s viewership being 20% higher than last week.  WHAT???  So, once people find out that this ‘man’ is a thug and an abuser of women, they want to watch him even more???  3.76 million people watched his damn show on Tuesday!  WHY???  What is going through these people’s heads:  “Oh boy … I want to see the man who treats women like crap … he’s my hero!!!”?  {Filosofa is emitting a low growl from somewhere deep inside}

And then along comes yet another predator, none other than Donald Trump, who praised O’Reilly, saying, “I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person. I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

No, Bill O’Reilly is not a good person, neither is Donald Trump.  These are men who have no conscience, who give in to their hedonistic desires, all the time knowing that their wealth and positions will buy their way out of any consequences.  These are men with the resources and potential to do much good in the world, but instead they choose to use those resources to buy their own pleasure with no thought whatsoever to the millions of people around the world who do not have food to eat, a warm place to sleep, medical care, or even clean water to drink.  No, these are not good ‘men’ … in fact, in my book, they are not deserving to be called men.

21 thoughts on “O’Reilly & Trump … Birds Of A Feather

  1. I have never been more disgusted by this country, ever. Not during Watergate, nor the cruel ineptitude of Reagan whose legacy of homelessness continues with no end in sight, or the illegal invasion of Iraq. None of those revolting incidents is as disgusting to me as the sight of this illegally elected buffoon and his enabling cadre of hypocrites and traitors in Congress.

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  2. Dear Jill,
    This the reason for the success of the 1/21/17 Women’s Marches. There are a lot of us who have had it with men like Bill O’Reilly and DT. Their money is not worth it! Bil O’Reilly is surviving because he has the backing of FOX TV. I wish there was a way to shame these men who act out on their misogynist ways with absolute impunity.
    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Jill, this is well done. Plus, DT asked Roger Ailes to be an advisor during the campaign. I wager in their minds, they believe they can do whatever they want without much repercussions. What message does this say to women and girls? What about boys who will learn it is OK to treat girls poorly? Just as bigotry must be carefully taught, so does misogyny and worse. Keith

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    • Thank you Keith! Yes, the message it sends to all, but especially our youth, is not the one I would like to see. I fear that with so much of this behaviour by people we should be able to trust and respect, society is becoming inured to it … just another day in ‘paradise’.

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  4. There are obviously other advertisers giving revenue to the station for slots during this show. I hope that NOW targets them to withdraw until the station has no choice but to act. It’s obvious that people like Trump and O’reilly are serial offenders and as such have to be dealt with severely.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • Yes, apparently the largest advertiser has decided to stick with him, and Fox is ‘negotiating’ with the ones who pulled out to get them back again. Not sure what that means … “we’ll give you a 15% discount because he is a jerk”? And why the heck are even more people watching this a##? I have read a couple of books O’Reilly co-authored, and they were pretty good, but no more! I cannot … will not … contribute to somebody with no values. Sigh. Many hugs!

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