Before I get started on this article, I need to be totally honest to my audience. I absolutely hate Bill O’Reilly and I am glad he finally got what he deserved. But, I did not hate O’Reilly because he called himself a conservative. I hated him because quite frankly in my opinion he is a lying, obnoxious pig!
When Roger Ailes started Fox News, one of the first people he hired was Bill O’Reilly. Yes, he was the number one cable news personality, but it was not because he was good. It was because he was full of hate towards anyone not named Bill O’Reilly and his audience loved that about him.
Not once during his tenure at Fox did O’Reilly conduct an “interview” with anyone. He set them up to be attacked, shouted at, and called names on air. That is what his audience loved about him. His open meanness.
When his “guest” was capable to fight back and was very willing to fight back, O’Reilly would end the interview and threaten the guest with security if they didn’t leave “my set”. He would continuously lie to his audience, and when he was caught in his lie he basically said “so what”.
His “talking points” segment was designed to spew hate out on the airways. He never had a kind word for minorities, women, gays, or anyone not named Bill O’Reilly. There was only one point of view in his warped mind, and that was his point of view.
Unfortunately, his behavior did not end on air. He took his misogynist views behind the cameras. He has been accused at least seven times of sexual harassment. He settled at least five times for a total of $13 million. And, still he claims that all of the accusations were unfounded.
Bill O’Reilly is the perfect example of how “power corrupts absolutely”. He really believes that he is bigger than life and that nothing he does is wrong. If Bill O’Reilly says his behavior is proper, then we are all to believe that it is proper, even when we know it is not proper.
When Brian Williams got in trouble at NBC for telling lies about being under attack in Iraq, O’Reilly was the first to call for his ouster. Yet, O’Reilly has a history of lying while reporting. For example, he claimed to have covered the Falklands War but never left Buenos Aires. He never left Buenos Aires because the Argentines would not allow any reporters near the war zone.
Yet there he was night after night explaining the battles he never witnessed like he was there actually witnessing them. Then there is the time when he claimed that one of his “close friends” committed suicide in Florida. I cannot remember the man’s name, but O’Reilly claimed at the time “I was about to knock on his front door when he committed suicide”.
The problem with that story, according to his coworkers at the CBS station in Dallas where he was working at the time, O’Reilly was actually in Dallas at the time of the suicide. Then there is the indisputable proof that he wasn’t there. He wasn’t mentioned in the police report of the suicide. If he had been “just about to knock on the door” he would have been interviewed by the police. No mention of his highness.
So, as you can imagine, I am shedding no tears over the ouster of the bigoted, hate-filled man who told lies so easily he actually believed them. As I said, the man is a pig and should never have been on air.
But, if you think this is going to change the culture at Fox News, I am afraid you are sorely mistaken. That is what everyone said when Ailes was forced out over similar behavior. Just look at who Fox tapped to replace the pig. Another pig Tucker Carlson. It was Carlson who declared that all of the sexual harassment accusations at Fox were a result of a “liberal assault” on the network.
Tucker Carlson is just as hateful of women as Ailes and O’Reilly are. And, he is willing to openly wear his hate for women on his sleeve. If you have the stomach for it, just watch Fox News for one 24 hour period. Every show they attack women, minorities, gays, immigrants, Muslims, and liberals.
The entire network makes its money off of unproven accusations about the Clintons or Obamas. They don’t care about the truth, they only care about ratings. That is why the ouster of O’Reilly was so surprising to many people.
As long as Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News Network, the culture of the network will not change. Rupert Murdoch was fighting against letting O’Reilly go right up to the end. His two sons wanted O’Reilly gone but Murdoch wanted to keep his ratings star.
Reports claim that Murdoch only changed his mind when his wife backed his sons and said O’Reilly had to go. Now that he is free of Murdoch, I wouldn’t be surprised if O’Reilly attacks Murdoch’s wife and blames her for his ouster. Because O’Reilly doesn’t believe he can do any wrong so some “woman” must be behind his ouster.
This sickening episode is just another example of how Fox News treats their women personalities and behind the scenes workers. If you look closely at how this network operates, you would think that you are watching an episode of “Ad Men” instead of how a company should behave in the 21st century.
The reason this has not hit home with most conservatives is because they also believe that women are property. They believe that women are to be subjected to men and they should either only say what their man wants them to or keep quiet. Conservatives believe that women are only on this planet for the man’s sexual pleasure. That has been on full display at Fox News ever since it first polluted the airways 20 years ago.
As a result, I do not expect any “cultural change” at Fox News. I expect that there will be fake moves to show how the culture is changing, but behind their closed doors, nothing will change. The women Fox News puts on the air are nothing but window dressing and “eye candy” for their viewers. That explains why Kelly and Gretchen Carlson left and why the current women on air at Fox have remained so silent about this mess.
For all of those wackos who believe that the O’Reilly ouster was some kind of “liberal assault on conservatives to keep them quiet” I say grow up. O’Reilly was let go not because of some liberal assault on him. He wasn’t let go because of his obnoxious behavior towards women. He was let go because he was starting to cost Murdoch money by losing over 80 advertisers. This ouster was more about money than ethics.
You cannot fire someone over ethics if your whole business is unethical. Which is exactly what Fox News is. So, the only way to actually be fired at Fox News is to lose them money. Money is really the only thing Murdoch listens to. So, I don’t expect anything to change over there.
One more pig has been slaughtered at the Fox News Sty. But, the rest remain. They will continue to plug the sewer so it will continue to flow into the streets. Here is hoping that O’Reilly has finally been shut up. Fox News has enough hate-mongers still on the air. As one of his biggest supporters Sarah Palin once said, “if you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig.” And, O’Reilly is definitely a pig!