Famous “no spin” political commentator and host of ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ has been booted off the Fox News network, following revelations that both O’Reilly and the network had covered up years of sexual allegations.
The New York Times‘ damning claims were released earlier this month. They surmised that a total of $USD13 million had been paid to placate accusers, the majority of whom were O’Reilly’s colleagues. The Times suggested that a pattern applied to all complaints – “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.”
Having supported the complaints of three defendants, lawyer Lisa Bloom released a ‘victory statement’.
Here is my victory statement. pic.twitter.com/TQLC6Oz9gk
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) April 19, 2017
The statement’s first line – “This is what happens when women speak our truth: we can slay dragons” – along with the final line – “They did it because we persisted” – called to mind Hillary Clinton’s newly coined call to arms – “Resist Persist Insist Enlist”, along with Elizabeth Warren’s repurposed celebration of the phrase ‘Nevertheless, she persisted”.
Here’s a reminder for anyone who needs it:
O’Reilly’s statement regarding the TV spot he was forced to relinquish has angered those, taking particular issue with the line “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims”. But Twitter has proved itself to be the ultimate cathartic platform, with many users experiencing pretty intense schadenfreude.
Tomi Lahren: gone
Bill O'Reilly: gone
Alex Jones: losing his kids & credibility
Ann Coulter: … pic.twitter.com/gIFyGxxZNl
— Eric (@PaxAttack300) April 20, 2017
To Bill O'Reilly: You won't be missed. I hope your life from here on out is one sexual harassment lawsuit after another. God Speed
— Rogue POTUS Staffer (@RoguePOTUStaff) April 20, 2017
Me watching all these evil men finally fail pic.twitter.com/62p0CYoXCV
— Rachel Lubitz (@rachellubitz) April 19, 2017
— Daily News 5556 (@dailynews5556) April 20, 2017
You know what I'm gonna miss about Bill O'Reilly? Not a thing. Never watched that shit. Not even once.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 20, 2017
— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) April 20, 2017
Bill O'Reilly once said President Obama set bad examples for Family Values, yet HE's losing his job for having no family values. Priceless.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 19, 2017