Posted by: maboulette | April 19, 2017

Fox News Hired a PR Firm to Slut-Shame the Woman Bill O’Reilly Sexually Harassed In Tabloids


Bill O'Reilly

On the first day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the New York Times released a bombshell report about Fox News spending millions of dollars to protect Bill O’Reilly from multiple sexual harassment claims—by any means necessary.

NOTHING TOO LOW

Nothing was too low for Fox News—if it meant protecting one of their biggest icons, even if meant digging up dirt on his victims and selling information to the tabloids. 

“A public relations firm was hired to help shape the narrative in Mr. O’Reilly’s favor and the private investigator Bo Diet was retained to dig up information on Ms. Mackris.  The goal was to depict her as a promiscuous woman, deeply in debt, who was trying to shake down Mr. O’Reilly, according people briefed on the strategy.  Several unflattering stories about her appeared in the tabloids.

From New York Times article

 SHE’S A SLUT DEFENSE

Going for the whole “but she’s a slut!” defense is a classic ploy that rapists and other sexual abusers love to use. Someone’s sexual history has no bearing on whether they were harassed or not (rape shield laws, which bar any testimony about a victim’s sexual history from trial, exist for a reason). Unfortunately, we still live in a world where slut-shaming is an effective defense.

What is it with conservatives and sexual violence? 

FOX NEWS PREPARING TO CUT TIES

Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation.

A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said. Mr. O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been ensnared in a sexual-harassment scandal related to previously undisclosed settlements he and Fox News paid to women who worked on or appeared on his program.

STOOD BY O’REILLY

Initially, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox stood by their highly-rated host. Mr. O’Reilly has denied any wrongdoing, saying he paid settlements to “put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

ADVERTISERS FLOW AWAY

However, as advertisers fled his show, debate inside company ensued over the pros and cons of keeping Mr. O’Reilly on the air. His show draws about 4 million viewers a night, and the controversy didn’t dent his ratings.

 

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