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Bill O’Reilly’s forced exit from Fox News elicits schadenfreude worldwide

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’.

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.

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