US Rep. Maxine Waters: Bill O'Reilly 'needs to go to jail'
- Author: Carlos Nash Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 2:22
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Fox and O'Reilly paid $13 million to five women who accused him of sexual harassment. It's not uncommon for a company to abandon a show at the first sign of controversy, then slip back a few weeks later when things quiet down.
"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled", Mr. Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office with New York Times reporters.
"Do you really want to take advice on cultural trends from a pervert - a certified sexual harasser - such as O'Reilly?"
"Unlike the public trashing that other women have gotten when accusing powerful men in the past - think Anita Hill, called "nutty" and 'slutty' in 1991 or the long line of Bill Cosby accusers who, until very recently, were dismissed as gold diggers - [Gretchen] Carlson's claims that Ailes ogled her and forced her out when she rebuffed him were taken seriously, listened to, and investigated", wrote business consultant and writer Pamela Kruger in Fortune.
Last week, Trump declared April "National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month", saying "we all share the responsibility to reduce and ultimately end sexual violence", in a White House press release.
"It's coming out of the mouth of a man who has said some frightful things about women", she said of Trump's support for O'Reilly.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended O'Reilly, telling the New York Times, "I don't think Bill did anything wrong".
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Advertisers including Jenny Craig, GlaxoSmithKline, Mitsubishi Motors, BMW and Ainsworth Pet Nutrition have all moved ads slated to run during "Factor" to other Fox News programs. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility.
Some of the companies that abandoned O'Reilly issued strongly worded statements that may be hard to explain if they return, said Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal watchdog Media Matters. Her latest comments further serve her reputation as one fearless legislator. But that didn't deter Waters from responding: "Let me just say this: I'm a strong black woman and I can not be intimidated".
The Jenny Craig defection shows how dire the situation has become for Fox News.
Ailes' lawyer Susan Estrich called Roginsky's allegations "total hogwash".
Employers should keep in mind the social and financial consequences of sexual misconduct allegations, too.
Carlson sued Fox News boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment previous year, ultimately forcing his ouster from the network.
Carlson spoke Thursday at the Women in the World conference in NY. The president was citing a report from a Republican writer and conspiracy theorist who said Rice tried to reveal the identities of the Trump associates caught in surveillance of foreign officials.