O’Reilly’s fall from grace in April of this year was sudden and shocking. After reports published by The New York Times of his sexual harassment of female co-workers at Fox News, and major settlements paid either by O’Reilly or Fox, advertisers responded to consumer pressure and Rupert Murdoch’s sons initiated quick damage-control action.
The O’Reilly Factor had been the number one show on Fox News for ages. Perhaps Bill O’Reilly thought he was too big for them to let go. Perhaps he thought he could do whatever he wanted and no one would touch him. If he did, then he figured wrong. Instead, his reputation became so toxic that no other network would touch him, and O’Reilly was reduced to a website on the internet.
He continued to publish books he had co-authored in his best selling “Killing ________” series, but his latest effort “Killing England” was not as successful. But then his old friend and colleague began giving his “guest appearance” slots on his Fox program. Why Hannity was allowed to do so puzzled many, but it appeared to be part of an effort to “rehabilitate” O’Reilly’s reputation.
His books sales increased. He had even begun a podcast for premium subscribers to his website. Things were looking up for him. Until the New York Times published an article on Sunday that stated O’Reilly had settled a sexual harassment suit against him back in January, prior to his contract with Fox being renewed, for $32,000,000.
O’Reilly labeled the story “lies and smears” but did not dispute the facts. He believes that the New York Times has some kind of vendetta – that they are out to get him. But as his former colleague Gretchen Carlson so succinctly put it in her response to O’Reilly’s claims
Nobody pays $32m for false allegations – nobody https://t.co/qB3njcHHuy
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) October 21, 2017
Still O’Reilly continued to strike back, even dragging Eric Bollling’s dead son into the fray. As Business Insider reports, O’Reilly told the two reporters for the NYT who had broken the story “I urge you to think about what you put in your newspaper. Eric Bolling’s son is dead. He’s dead because of allegations made – in my opinion and I know this to be true – against Mr. Bolling.” Eric Bolling, as you may recall, was another Fox News employee who left the network after it was uncovered he had sent inappropriate pictures of himself to female coworkers. The night of his termination his son was found dead.
At the time, there was speculation that his son had committed suicide, but Bolling insists the coroner has ruled it an accident. In a statement to the Times, Bolling said it was “beyond inappropriate” for O’Reilly to bring up his son’s death. He is right. You don’t use other people’s dead children as weapons in your personal fight.
Now O’Reilly has gone so far as to blame God for all his problems. Yes, that’s right. According to Crybaby Bill this is all God’s fault. The Washington Examiner, along with other media sources, quote O’Reilly as saying on his Monday podcast
“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I mad at Him. I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at Him.”
Well what about the women who endured sexual abuse over years at the hands of Bill O’Reilly? Where was their protection? God didn’t make you do whatever you did that resulted in a $32,000,000 settlement. And it must have been pretty bad for you to pony up that kind of money. Blaming God for your misdeeds is the ultimate blasphemy. And cop-out. Where’s that No Spin Zone now Bill?