Before going forward, I would like to point out that, in a span of less than a year, Fox News lost the only CEO it ever had and its top on-air personality, not because they took other jobs or retired, but because they were fired for being predators who spent years sexually harassing women.
Oh, and once up-and-coming super star Megyn Kelly left, presumably because she was fed up with what she was having to put up with over there at American’s most-watched conservative entertainment network.
When disgraced former CEO Roger Ailes was fired last summer, I wrote an article expressing my belief that he wouldn’t be the only person to eventually be taken down by allegations of sexual harassment. Typically when a CEO spends his 20 years repeatedly sexually harassing women, that “attitude” spreads throughout a company/business. After all, if the CEO feels it’s okay, why wouldn’t many of those working for him?
That’s why a few weeks back when reports started to circulate about Bill O’Reilly’s apparent serial sexual harassment, I had a good feeling that it wasn’t a matter of if he’d be fired — but when.
Well, that happened on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
In many ways, a parasite like O’Reilly is a perfect representative for what the modern day GOP has become. A racist, sexist hypocrite who sells himself as someone who’s morally superior to others, when the truth is he’s an absolutely detestable, vile human being whose actions often contradict the bullshit he’s constantly trying to sell. With him as the “face” of Fox News since 1996, it’s no wonder a fellow sexual predator like Donald Trump managed to get “elected” as our “Commander-in-Chief.”
Nor should it be surprising that Trump actually defended O’Reilly against the allegations that he’s a sexual predator — despite the numerous settled lawsuits filed against him by women who claim he sexually harassed them.
Sure, there are many horrible people on Fox News like Sean Hannity and Eric Bolling, but Bill O’Reilly was a special kind of terrible person. From recently mocking Rep. Maxine Waters‘ (D-CA), to once actually calling child hunger a “myth” while vilifying the poor, the now-disgraced “Factor” host always represented the arrogant, hate-filled racist hypocrisy that comprises a big part of the foundation of what made Fox News so popular among conservatives.
This is someone who:
- Blamed a woman’s death on President Obama.
- Laughably claimed Fox News isn’t conservative.
- Denies white people have it easier in America than African Americans.
- Essentially said that discrimination doesn’t exist.
- Literally compared himself to Jesus Christ.
- Threw a hissy fit because people actually took his advice and it backfired on him.
The list goes on and on.
When it comes to what Fox News is, and by large what the GOP has become because of the propaganda the network pushes, at the forefront of all of it for the last 21 years has been Bill O’Reilly. While I’m sure his departure won’t make Fox News any more “credible” than they were before, that still doesn’t stop me from enjoying seeing his disgusting behavior finally come back on him. To know that, at least on some level, every woman he’s harassed can feel some sense of vindication in the fact that this sexual predator finally got what should have happened to him long ago. (Sadly, it was only after losing advertisers that Fox finally decided they had enough.)
I would just like to say, good riddance to a racist, sexist, arrogant bastard who’s done nothing more for the past 21 years but use his status and influence on Fox News to bolster his own ego, push hate, fear, and spend an hour 5-nights a week lying to people who were foolish enough to trust him.
The world is a better place with this jackass no longer on the air.