By Jason Taylor
This is an odd time. Who would have thought at the same time that Donald Trump is elected president, both Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly would be shown the door at Fox News.
I wish that I could find more satisfaction in O’Reilly’s firing — it couldn’t have happened to a better guy — but instead I find myself saddened by the realization that his ouster is simply a consequence of the fact that the cost to Fox News to keep O’Reilly finally outweighed the (dollar) value of retaining him. If this is just a cost-benefit analysis, then it simply shows that Fox News was a willing enabler as long as O’Reilly contributed positively to the bottom line.
Bill O’Reilly epitomized white male authoritarian bombast. With his loud, sonorous voice, swagger, and chronically arched eyebrows, he played Pied Piper to millions of navel gazing, angry bullies in search of a suitable role model. His unceasing conflation of personal opinion with actual fact, braggadocio with courage, and conspiracy theory with evidence was despicable.
His wealth and fame does not speak well of the American subculture that elevates such execrable cretins to venerable status in society. That it took 20 years, and several brave women, to out him as a perverted, hypocritical boor shows Fox News for what it truly is: a shameless, greedy, soulless corporation that serves only as a leech upon democracy and American society as a whole.
O’Reilly and supporters will try and spin this as a liberal media vendetta out to get him. The reality is that it was his actions and his actions alone that have resulted in his dismal. Not only were there multiple accusers, but there were multiple accusers who had tape recordings of him making vile, sexually explicit comments about what he wanted to do with them, so this is not he said she said.
Bill and his ilk have brought America and its ideals to ruin. Their version of “news” and “opinion” couched in false facts, lying, anger, and self-righteousness has destroyed the moral fabric of this country, intoxicated a populace with bigoted messages and racist anger; all culminating in the freak show currently residing in the White House.
I look forward to the soon-to-be tweet by Trump conveying his sadness for this development and his best wishes to O’Reilly in his next career move…
Lest we forget: Our dear President Trump. No different than O’Reilly. Here’s hoping Trump is next.