Bill O’Reilly is officially out of his anchorman’s chair at Fox News, and will be replaced by Tucker Carlson after almost all of his sponsors abandoned the most popular conservative TV icon in the wake of revelations that he and the network paid women millions of dollars to hush up allegations of sexual harassment.
During his tenure at Fox News, he was accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by a number of women who worked for him or who appeared on his show.
By April 2017, Fox News and O’Reilly had paid out more than $13 million to settle these accusations, which prompted President Donald Trump to defend him.
Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump praised O’Reilly as “a good person” and declared, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong,” after The New York Times reported that five women had received settlements for harassment claims.
“Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled,” said Trump during a wide-ranging interview. “Because you should have taken it all the way; I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
O’Reilly, who notoriously inspired the murder of a midwestern doctor who performed safe, legal abortions. On May 31, 2009, George Tiller, a physician from Wichita, Kansas, was murdered by Scott Roeder during a Sunday morning service at his church, Reformation Lutheran Church, where he was serving as an usher.
O’Reilly mentioned the victim by name on his Fox News show 42 separate times prior to Tiller’s death, referring to him specifically as a “baby killer” in 24 instances.
O’Reilly denied responsibility, saying: “When I heard about Tiller’s murder, I knew pro-abortion zealots and Fox News haters would attempt to blame us for the crime.”
Despite his incitement of violence, personal misbehavior and possible tax violations connected to the payoffs, O’Reilly was the most watched conservative on Fox, a tool created to influence public opinion toward Republican or conservative orthodoxy through television owned by Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch, hired former Republican Party media consultant Roger Ailes to launch the channel to 17 million cable subscribers on October 7, 1996, and it grew to become a dominant cable news network in the United States.
Fox News Channel has been accused of biased reporting, promoting the Republican Party, and as detrimental to the integrity of news as its viewers are generally misinformed about factual issues that are relevant to political issues in America.
The Fox News host has repeatedly blasted the black community for its epidemic of absent fathers and the dissolution of the American family, but his teen daughter’s testifimony from O’Reilly’s 2015 custody trial paint him as absent father with violent, with an unpredictable temper and prone to “act like an idiot” when he’s angry.
The kind of behavior that brought down O’Reilly is not new. He sexually harassed former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris in 2004.
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