Damn…Took long enough!
Oh My! Bill…
The veritable Bill Cosby of the talking head world is about to lose his ride.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal Tuesday night, Fox News is preparing to cut ties with Bill O’Reilly. The news came on the heels of a number of reports suggesting that O’Reilly’s days are numbered at the cable channel. According to an earlier report from CNN, representatives for Fox and O’Reilly have started conversations about an exit for the embattled host, who has been on vacation. Sources in O’Reilly’s camp denied that this was the case, according to CNN. However, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox will hold a board meeting Thursday in which O’Reilly is expected to be discussed. The Murdoch family, who control 21st Century Fox, is not commenting on the matter. The recent O’Reilly problems stem from a New York Times report that detailed undisclosed settlement payments that O’Reilly, Fox News, and 21st Century Fox paid to women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
The straw which appears to have broken this despicable camel’s back…
Lisa Bloom, a high-profile California feminist attorney, says she is now representing yet another woman who has phoned in a complaint of sexual and racial harassment against Bill O’Reilly to the Fox News hotline. Bloom says the new accuser is not after money. The woman, an African American who worked as a clerical worker in 2008 at Fox News, claims Bill O’Reilly engaged in a pattern of harassment that lasted for months including making animal noises at her, staring at her cleavage and calling her “hot chocolate.”
“Although she is very scared and wished to remain anonymous, she felt like she had to add her story and speak out,” Bloom said, adding that three people have backed up the woman’s story.
Bloom is also representing Wendy Walsh, who was a frequent Fox News guest. She claims that O’Reilly snowballed her chances of becoming a paid contributor when she refused to go to a hotel room with him after dinner. Bloom says Walsh raised the allegation for the first time in response to the NY Times reporter, and only first spoke publicly and notified the network via their hotline this April.
News first broke of the big O’Reilly scandal in The New York Times (which, by the way, we had an inkling was coming when LawNewz first published allegations from former anchor Juliet Huddy back in January). The newspaper confirmed that Fox News and O’Reilly had settled five separate claims of sexual harassment against the rating mega-star. Those claims do not include Walsh’s new allegations nor the anonymous woman.
A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox has declined to comment on the latest woman to come forward. However, a recent report says that both Murdoch sons have turned against Bill O’Reilly, and might even want him out of the network.
“It is outrageous that an allegation from an anonymous person about something that purportedly happened a decade ago is being treated as fact, especially when there is an obviously orchestrated campaign by activists and lawyers to destroy Mr. O’Reilly and enrich themselves through publicity driven donations,” Marc E. Kasowitz, an attorney for Bill O’Reilly told CNN.
Sometimes in business when you have an employee who has done something wrong, and who is combative and likely to exacerbate the situation…
You send them into “Time Out” – just as you would a combative child. In business it is known as a “forced vacation” to give time for the dust to clear, hopefully calm down, and for said emplyee to properly consider their sins.
Like Bill O’Reilly, his mouth, and the purported sins, which if true should ban him from the media…Indefinitely.
O’Reilly’s potential to become the Bill Cosby of the talking head world keeps on growing with each new complaint.
Shouldn’t be a surprise that Faux New’s pack of howling racists is also a bun of sexual harassing rapists. A pack of liars and sexual molesters.
A blockbuster new report by The New York Times reveals further details in Fox News’s decades-long internal battle with harassment allegations. The network’s longstanding C.E.O. Roger Ailes resigned in July amid a storm of sexual harassment accusations and lawsuits. Executives at Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, offered assurances that such behavior would no longer be tolerated. (Ailes has vociferously denied all accusations of impropriety.)
But now, a New York Times investigation reveals that Fox News and anchor Bill O’Reilly have spent about $13 million in settlements to female employees who have accused O’Reilly of lewd or otherwise abusive behavior toward them.
According to the Times, three more accusers have been identified since the publication reported on the accusations of two other women in January. Of these women, two of these cases involve claims of sexual harassment on O’Reilly’s part. The third is an accusation of verbal abuse during an outburst in which O’Reilly “berated a young producer in front of newsroom colleagues.”
From the Times:
The women who made allegations against Mr. O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded like Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews.
The reporting suggests a pattern: As an influential figure in the newsroom, Mr. O’Reilly would create a bond with some women by offering advice and promising to help them professionally. He then would pursue sexual relationships with them, causing some to fear that if they rebuffed him, their careers would stall.
21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, released a statement defending the payouts and noting that none of these women had used the company hotline to accuse a senior employee of the company. The statement confirms that the company has spoken with O’Reilly about the cases.
“21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously,” the statement said. “Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O’Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O’Reilly. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O’Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O’Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.”
With the departure of Megyn Kelly, who decamped to NBC after joining the chorus of Ailes accusers, O’Reilly is Fox News’s biggest star. The Times cited an advertising research firm’s estimated earnings for The O’Reilly Factor: $446 million between 2014 and 2016. He is paid, according to the Times, approximately $18 million a year.
In a statement, O’Reilly suggested accusations of this nature are the price he pays for being a high-profile firebrand.
“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity,” O’Reilly said. “In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline. But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”
This is an especially sensitive time for the network, as Fox News is still dealing with the fallout coming after Ailes’ departure. The company is currently under investigation by the office of the United States attorney in the Southern District of New York. (The investigation is heading toward a grand jury without Preet Bharara, who led the office until a dramatic firing in early March.)
Greta Van Susteren, who was a longtime Fox News colleague of O’Reilly before joining MSNBC, tweeted Saturday morning that a situation like this arises from a company wanting to hide that they’d “looked the other way.”
Wendy Walsh, one of the accusers and a frequent guest of O’Reilly’s show, said that the acerbic host withdrew a verbal offer to get her a high position at the network in 2013 after she turned down an invitation to his hotel suite. She told the Times she did not lodge a complaint with Fox News because she wanted to avoid damaging her future career prospects. According to Walsh, he’d invited her to dinner, promised her a contributor position, and then invited her up to his hotel room. When she declined and suggested they go to the hotel bar instead, he became hostile, told her to forget about his offer, and also called her purse ugly.
“I feel bad that some of these old guys are using mating strategies that were acceptable in the 1950s and are not acceptable now,” Walsh said. “I hope young men can learn from this.”
Fox News declined further comment when reached by the Hive, instead pointing to existing statements by O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox.
Bill O’Reilly’s ball boy, Jesse Waters decided to do an incredibly racist segment on Asians in Chinatown – on the premise that China was mentioned 18 times in the Presidential debate.
The response? This from Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show.
Wilmore turn up some serious heat on Faux New’s racist commentator Bill O’Reilly,
Bill O’Reilly isn’t just upset at black people for having “tattoos on their foreheads,”he’s angry with those of us who pointed out that all black people don’t have tattoos on their foreheads — and Larry Wilmore is fed up with it.
On The Nightly Show Tuesday, Wilmore didn’t just attack O’Reilly, he needed an entirely new shtick in order to demonstrate the Fox News host’s depravity. He began, as he does, seated. “The worst part is that O’Reilly had the gall to be upset by the backlash from his statements,” he said, before complaining that O’Reilly tried to use “fantasy hands” to wave the racism away.
“You can’t use fantasy hands to describe racism!” Wilmore said. “Fantasy hands are best for saying things like ‘Ta-Da!’”
“And when,” he continued, “when the fuck have you ever walked in a poor black neighborhood? Like I’m supposed to believe you spend your Saturday nights strolling through Compton counting forehead tattoos?”
At this point, Wilmore became so frustrated he had no choice but switch his rhetorical mode entirely. “Talking reasonably isn’t going to do it — I’m going to have to take you to church.”
“The devil has come in Bill O’Reilly’s clothing,” Wilmore proclaimed. “You preach a message about a lack of hard work and motivation, Mr. O’Reilly, but what you fail to see is that black people work twice as hard to gain half as much.”
“It’s not tattoos on our foreheads that condemn us — it is separate but unequal education, and red-line housing, and banks that will not provide us loans, and a criminal justice system designed to keep us in chains.”
“Those are the proverbial forehead tattoos that consecrate the mark of the beast for black people in America. Can I get another ‘Amen’?” he asked the audience.
“We don’t need tattoos on our foreheads,” Preacher Wilmore said, “when all people like Bill O’Reilly see is our inky black skin. Did Eric Garner have a tattoo on his forehead when he was strangled in the street? No! Did Trayvon Martin have a tattoo on his forehead when George Zimmerman decided to end his life?”
Tavis Smiley responds to Bill Reilly’s latest racist remarks…
Two years ago O’Racist claimed pretty much the same thing in an interview of Sen Paul Ryan…That time moving the tattoos to black folk’s necks…
Larry Wilmore Responds…
“You’re not going to sit here and make some stupid comments that ‘most black youth are ill-educated,'” Martin said
On Tuesday, NewsOne Now host Roland Martin weighed in on Bill O’Reilly’s claim that African- and Latino-Americans are unemployable because “they have tattoos on their foreheads,” saying that he would be willing to challenge O’Reilly to a debate “anytime, any day, anywhere.”
One of the NewsOne Now panelists, Angela Rye, complained that “Donald Trump did not push back — he allowed that foolishness to continue. If you want to be president of America, as [Obama] said president ‘of all Americans,’ you need to be able to push back on the stereotypes and the bigotry.”
Instead, Trump allowed it “to be spewed out of this cable host’s mouth.”
Martin jumped in, saying “you’re not going to sit here and make some stupid comments saying ‘most black youth are ill-educated,’ but then you don’t want to have a real discussion about the education system in America. You are not going to sit here and say they’ve got tattoos on their forehead, which is pretty damn stupid.”
He then challenged O’Reilly to a debate, but noted that there’s little chance of that happening. “Bill is afraid of this black man,” he said, but still invited him to debate “in your studio, on the street, at Sylvia’s.” If he really wants to have this conversation, Martin concluded, “let’s roll.”
Have to feel sorry for the Irish, though…
It could be Ellis Island in reverse for Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
The pugnacious pundit has vowed he will quit the United States for his ancestral homeland of Ireland if Bernie Sanders is elected president.
Sanders’ plans to expand Medicare and Affordable Care would mean “it would be much more than it is now,” O’Reilly scoffed on The O’Reilly Factor on Thursday.
“And you know, look, I’m fleeing,” he warned. “If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I’m fleeing. I’m going to Ireland. And they already know it.”
But no one in Ireland knows that O’Reilly – who has an estimated net worth of $85 million – has been contemplating becoming a tax exile there. Some Irish pundits are already claiming he’d be as welcome as someone who has just passed gas in a space suit.
Knowing that the thought of him shipping off to the Emerald Isle was probably delighting his critics on both sides of the Atlantic, O’Reilly added: “I shouldn’t say it publicly because that will get Sanders more votes. But I’m not going to pay 90 percent of my income to that guy. I’m sorry. I’m not doing it.”
O’Reilly might want to take a closer look at the nation he’s planning on fleeing to however. Ireland is the first country in the world to vote in favor of marriage equality for gays and its health and social welfare programs can make Bernie Saunders look like a fiscal conservative.
Perhaps instead of a world map, O’Reilly and other deep pocketed patriots might be better off looking for a time machine?
It’s the fourth time the Irish American pundit has threatened to quit the states and move overseas over taxes. In 2011, he vowed to retire if his income taxes went over 50 percent and to stop investing if his capital gains taxes went over 20 percent.
Then in 2012, he vowed to move his money out of the country rather than pay higher taxes. That same month, he had also threatened to stop “aggressively putting any money in the market.”
$85 million still isn’t enough apparently. You can only buy so many falafel’s on 15 million a year.
What happens when a fake journalist tries to argue with a real one. Jorge puts the windbag in his place on immigration…
As Jorge points out, the who brouhaha coming from the right has a lot more to do with the fact the folks coming here from the South are brown skinned…Than illegal.
Take a look at the video below which illustrates the soft pedalling of racism by Faux News …
Kirsten Powers destroy O’Reilly’s strawman arguments one after another. As usual, O’Reilly resorts to bluster. Other Faux News hosts are more direct…
Dylann Root the 21 Year old man who massacred 8 black churchgoers last week was introduced to the language, code, and basis of hate by people like O’Reilly, and the daily dose of racism from Sean Hannity on Faux News. Those of you who participate or read online boards on any subject having to do with race are familiar with the conservative and Republican memes on race…
They are the same as Dylann Roots.
…It gives the lie to the ruling conservative meme that Roof was just a loan wacko with no affinities with the white-militia movement that the respectable right has tried to keep offstage. It also shows how the accused killer of nine in a Charleston church has roots in weird ideas that are part of even the think-tank culture of the right: Roof’s manifesto is a kind of distorted, funhouse-mirror reflection of Tea Party-era conservative white America’s core beliefs, and it shares the ahistorical way many conservatives deal with race…
1. Trayvon Martin was a dangerous thug and George Zimmerman was right to kill him.
Roof writes that from the Wikipedia entry on the shooting,“It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right.”
2. Law and order in this country is threatened by dangerous, murderous blacks.
“The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders.”
3. Blacks are obsessed with race; they won’t stop talking about it.
“Black people view everything through a racial lense. Thats what racial awareness is, its viewing everything that happens through a racial lense. They are always thinking about the fact that they are black. This is part of the reason they get offended so easily, and think that some thing are intended to be racist towards them, even when a White person wouldnt be thinking about race.”
4. Slavery was not so bad.
“I have read hundreds of slaves narratives from my state. And almost all of them were positive. One sticks out in my mind where an old ex-slave recounted how the day his mistress died was one of the saddest days of his life.”
5. Segregation was not so bad, either.
“Segregation was not a bad thing. It was a defensive measure. Segregation did not exist to hold back negroes.”
6. Black people are intellectually inferior.
“Anyone who thinks that White and black people look as different as we do on the outside, but are somehow magically the same on the inside, is delusional. How could our faces, skin, hair, and body structure all be different, but our brains be exactly the same? This is the nonsense we are led to believe,” he writes. “Negroes have lower Iqs, lower impulse control, and higher testosterone levels in generals. These three things alone are a recipe for violent behavior. If a scientist publishes a paper on the differences between the races in Western Europe or Americans, he can expect to lose his job.”
Now, just about all of this stuff sounds pretty extreme when coming from Dylann Roof, who stands accused of heinous crimes to which he has reportedly confessed. But they’ve all, in some form or another, been heard in establishment or mainstream parts of the U.S. conservative movement. The George Zimmerman defense, which was supported by many conservative talking heads, has its roots in the larger “blacks threaten law and order” belief, an outgrowth of the GOP Southern strategy that dominated Republican politics for decades — the patrician George H.W. Bush (with Atwater’s help) struck gold there with his Willie Horton ad.
As an example, a few of the posts from the political section of the Magazine “National Review” and an article entitled “Step Aside, Reverend Al: The Next Generation of Race-Baiters Has Arrived”
The present blooming fantasy of white victimization has roots in the peculiar violent institutions of the 19th-century American South. In the distant mirror of history, it’s easy to spot the irony and the guilt: even before the Civil War began, whites worried that their slaves would rise up and repay their masters in kind — filch the fruit of their labor, rape them, and beat them, sometimes to death. As soon as the balance of power shifted and news of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse circulated throughout the former slave states, those fears ran amok.
A common recruiting method of white supremacist groups is to play on their potential member’s percieved “victimization” by minorities. Ergo – that they are failures in life because black/brown/yellow/green folks were “given” jobs or opportunity over them because of race. As I have said before the conservative side of the American political spectrum has absorbed a lot of ideas from the racist right, and mainstreamed them into conservative mantra and consciousness.
The narrative is pretty much laid out in the video below –
One of the most flagrant results of this was the perversion of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under the Bushit Administration as a vehicle to track down and prosecute incidences of “reverse discrimination. That is, discrimination against whites by minorities. The problem being that after 8 years and spending hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money…
Only one verifiable case was ever found by said lawyers. This despite over 13,000 cases of classical discrimination being filed a year by minorities.
Reality and logic play no part in this from a group of folks who believe the presence of two, self styled “Black Panthers” at a Pennsylvania polling place during the 2008 Presidential Election was enough to sway voters across the country to vote for a black man – and that such constituted a “massive” level of voting fraud…
Despite consistent and massive efforts by Republicans in 2000 and 2004 for limit minority voting though denying the availability of voting machines, and “erasing” large number of minority voters from the rolls in Florida based on “faulty” data.
The right wing’s “racial services machine” though the “7 Sisters”, a group of right wing foundations which pour hundreds of millions of dollars a year into conservative think tanks and causes – supports this sort of racial narrative to the tune of an estimated $100 million a year. These groups have funded the publication of books by folks such as Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray “The Bell Curve”, Sowell’s contributions to Townhall, WorldNetDaily,OneNewsNow and the Jewish World Review, Dinesh D’Souza whose book “The End of Racism“ oddly enough inadvertently makes the case for racism’s continued existence, and Jared Taylor’s “The Color of Crime” using faulty logic and fake statistics to make the case for black on white crime. Fox News advances these narratives though such commentators as Sean Hannity, and as of late Bill O’Reilly.
Black conservatives are well funded to support the narrative that whites are under attack by “Speakers Bureaus” such as Project 21, and trusty, safe black conservatives like Sowell, whose recent article fully supported the existence of a “war” by black folks against white folks based on anecdotal evidence…
The problem being, just like the “New Black Panther Party” (having nothing to do with the original Black Panthers and consisting of perhaps 50 members nationwide) controversy, and the “Reverse Discrimination Controversy” – there is no statistical evidence to support that in any way that whites are being targeted by roving gangs of black or brown folks attacking white folks in any numbers beyond random.
Conversely – spending $100 million a year in investing in racist narratives…
Totally deconstructs the idea that racism is no longer a factor in American life.
The “white victimization” industry promoted by right wing media, and their well paid quasi scientific cohorts has very real consequences.
These cases are similar to the hue and cry raised over the “Central Park Jogger” case in the 90’s – where gangs of black youth, supposedly “wilding” were convicted of the brutal beating and rape of a woman jogging in Central Park. The tragedy of the victim was compounded by the fact that the courts convicted 5 innocent kids of the crime, adding additional victims to the carnage – who had been convicted largely due to the media hype, and assumption of guilt by the media and police who beat “confessions” out of the youths…
And of course, most recently the Trayvon Martin murder.
It was near midnight on April 14 when the Chevy Cavalier carrying Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami rolled to a stop at a red light in Norfolk, Va. As the pair waited, one of a crowd of teenagers on the sidewalk threw a rock at the passenger seat window, prompting Forster to get out of the car and confront the aggressor.
That’s when the beating began. Read the rest of this entry »
Cornel West and Tavis Smiley have a tete a tete over poverty, Occupy Wall Street, and jobs…
OReilly’s 9% “addiction” number is questionable – when he ties it to poverty.
Lot of rich junkies in this country.
Last night before the Superbowl game, President Obama agreed to the 15 minute pre-game interview with Faux News blowhard O’Reilly…
O’Reilly was on as good a behavior as can be expected. But the question you have to ask President Obama is…
Professor Marc Lamont Hill does a good job here of debating Bill O’Reilly who changes the subject every time he gets caught…
Bill keeps trying to expand the definition of “racism” to every black person who has ever had a bad thought about a white person. Ignoring, what he very well understands is the definition.
Bill also tries the typical conservative defense of – “somebody else did it first!” Which is counterfeit.
Illuminating talk, despite Bill trying to shut down and talk over Hill’s responses.
Those Tea Party connections to racists?
Here’s David Duke –