On Tuesday, the day before the Intertoobs blew up over the firing of Bill O’Reilly from Fox News, protesters were demanding the cable news network pull the plug on him. According to NBC News, the protesters were handing out fliers with O’Reilly’s likeness and the warning “Danger”. They hung movie theater-sized posters throughout New York City and asked passersby, “Have you been sexually harassed by Bill?”
Fox waited until Wednesday to announce it was parting ways despite rumblings for weeks. In its statement 21st Century Fox said, “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
The attorney for the oustered star of The O’Reilly Factor, Mark Kasowitz said of the decision, “[O’Reilly] is being subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.”
Kasowitz is being a bit of a fabulist calling the roiling scandal unprecedented. The cover-up, as they say, is worse than the scandal.
O’Reilly is clearly not a darling of the Left and he doesn’t give the Right any warm fuzzies either. The consensus seems to be he is very domineering and difficult to work with based on his well-documented tantrums such as the leaked video from ABC’s Inside Edition.
His release from Fox isn’t the first time he’s been fired. He had a brief stop for an internship at WPLG Channel 10, an ABC-affiliated television station located in Miami.
From The Miami Herald:
O'Reilly's most memorably bloody shows have mostly involved liberal targets. And his twin Moby Dicks, the interviews he'd most love and knows he'll never get, are both liberals: Jesse Jackson (O'Reilly has devoted 56 shows, at last count, to probing the finances of Jackson's nonprofit foundation) and Hillary Clinton (for years, a doormat emblazoned with her face sat in front of his office).
O'Reilly will even admit to lying in bed at night fantasizing about Clinton—about interviewing her, that is. In his dream, he asks half a dozen pointed questions about Whitewater and the suicide of Clinton White House attorney Vince Foster. The seething Clinton finally breaks her silence with a command to her Secret Service escort: "You can shoot him now, boys."
"That would be great television,” says a wistful O'Reilly, presumably referring to an interview and not the shooting part. "That would be an Event. Jesse Jackson, too. But neither one of them is ever going to happen."
I never much cared for the guy except when he verbally annihilated squishes like Juan Williams and Geraldo Rivera. Those moments I will miss.
Fox News should replace "The O'Reilly Factor" with a show where people yell at each other.— jon gabriel (@exjon) April 19, 2017