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Posted 03 April 2017 - 09:59 AM

WTF is WRONG with these people? Did they truly stop their emotional maturity at adolescence.

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Fox News and Bill O'Reilly have paid millions to settle allegations of sexual harassment made against O'Reilly, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The Times uncovered settlements totaling $13 million that were paid out to five women, in exchange for the women agreeing not to file lawsuits against O'Reilly or speak about their accusations.

The women's allegations, which date back to 2002, included complaints of verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances, and phone calls "in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews."

Of the five settlements, three were paid out by Fox News and two were paid by O'Reilly. Two had also already been reported on in the media: one involved $9 million paid in 2004 to a producer, and the other was agreed on last year with a former on-air personality, which The Times reported on.

The other three settlements include sexual harassment claims and allegations of verbal abuse which involve O'Reilly allegedly criticizing a producer in front of colleagues.

In addition to the women who received settlements, two others have also accused O'Reilly of inappropriate behavior. Wendy Walsh, a regular guest on The O'Reilly Factor, was offered a paid contributor position at the network. After she refused an invitation to go to O'Reilly's hotel suite in 2013, he did not follow through on securing her a job at Fox News, according to The Times.

"I feel bad that some of these old guys are using mating strategies that were acceptable in the 1950s and are not acceptable now," Walsh said. "I hope young men can learn from this."

She added that relationships at work "should never happen when there is an imbalance of power and colleagues shouldn’t unwittingly be manipulated into obtaining sex for somebody."

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:00 AM

Yes.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 06:52 PM

Think how many other women did not come forward. Or how many were just victims of 'innocent' comments or lascivious looks.
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 09:04 PM

Mercedes-Benz Pulls Ads From Fox News’ ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Following Sexual-Harassment Charges
"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 07:05 AM

View PostAnBr, on 03 April 2017 - 09:04 PM, said:


There was a related story how Lexus is looking at where their ads are aired. Since the ads are part of a "media buy" (not sure if that's the accurate term) I guess they want to make sure their ads don't show up on O'Reilly.

I'm hoping we start seeing more survival equipment and Pet Med ads. (Along with the usual gold investment ads)

ETA: Hyundai just announced bye bye Bill.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:43 PM

Aw, maybe he is proud of himself and likes the attention but can't get it up hence the harassment.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:42 AM

Over 40 companies have pulled ads from O'Reilly
"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:03 AM

Zeroing in on 50. The funny thing is that the URL says more than 30. It must be tough to keep up with the stampede. That "giant sucking sound?" That would be the amount of ad revenue generated by Bill O'Reilly.

Meanwhile Maxine Waters quietly says "lock him up!"

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Wednesday that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly “needs to go to jail” following a report that O’Reilly and 21st Century Fox had paid $13 million as part of settlement agreements to coworkers and guests on O'Reilly's show who had accused him of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Waters mentioned an investigation of the structure of settlement payments at Fox News. It is reportedly being carried out by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan.

“They're taking a look at them because this really is a sexual harassment enterprise,” she said. “It shouldn't be in America that you can sexually harass women and then buy your way out of it because you're rich. If they continue to do this in the way that they have done, they need to go to jail.”

Representatives for Fox News did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment on Waters' remarks.

She took some swipes at President Pussygrabber as well. Good for her!
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:54 PM

O'Reilly's top advertiser is sticking with him even though the number who have bailed is now apparently up to 55. Before you read the quote below, why don't you take a guess at the kind of company that's hanging in there. No, you won't be surprised. Not even a little.


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Gold retailer Rosland Capital, the biggest advertiser on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," has no plans to pull its commercials from the show amid sexual harassment allegations against host Bill O'Reilly.

"At this time, we have no plans to change our advertising strategy," the company told CNN Money. "Around 10% of our ad spend with the network is for advertising that runs on that particular program."

Research firm Kantar Media determined that Rosland Capital was the top advertiser on O'Reilly's show for 2015 and the first nine months of 2016, according to the report.

As of Thursday morning, 55 companies had pulled advertising from "The O'Reilly Factor" amid allegations of sexual harassment against O'Reilly.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 04:40 PM

More schadenfreude.

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Right-wing entertainer and provocateur Bill O’Reilly has made an ironic move in his all-out fight against the waves of sexual harassment charges that are threatening even his lofty perch at Fox News.

According to the New York Times, the conservative commentator — who made his name in the 1990s disparaging then-President Bill Clinton for having an extramarital affair — has hired Clinton’s lawyer from the embattled “Monicagate” era, Mark Fabiani.

Fox News announced this weekend that it intends to pursue an independent investigation against O’Reilly regarding the charges of groping, harassment and sexualized bullying leveled against him by multiple women who have worked at Fox News. Network management are bringing back white shoe law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the firm that investigated markedly similar charges against ousted CEO Roger Ailes last year.

“21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters,” said a statement from the company on Sunday.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 12:57 PM

I'm unable to find information about this on the interwebs so perhaps someone here can enlighten me.

Oh, and please forgive me if I come across as insensitive - I am insensitive - but I don't wish to come across that way.

Why do we leave what appear to be criminal offenses in the hands of civil courts?

Either Oreilly is breaking the law or he isn't. If he is, then he should be prosecuted. If he's not then he should be left alone.

This practice of filing civil lawsuits for sexually predatory behavior is confounding to me. Someone assaults you and your reaction is "pay me"? This strikes me as bewildering. What would happen if they didn't settle the lawsuit? What sort of damages are being asserted?

I haven't been following this story very closely but from what I can gather Oreilly did things like call up his coworkers and masturbate while talking to (at?) them.

How much is that worth? Seriously. What $ figure does one place on being molested in this way? Do they just follow the hourly rates of phone sex local 380?

Again, I get that it's incredibly uncomfortable and distressing to be treated this way by a colleague or a boss, but it's also ILLEGAL! So - why isn't the remedy criminal prosecution?

What am I missing?
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Posted 11 April 2017 - 01:13 PM

One law for the rich and one for the poor (for criminal law, at any rate).
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Posted 11 April 2017 - 02:22 PM

Same reason Rush Limbaugh wasn't criminally prosecuted for his multiple drug offenses including use of fraudulent prescriptions but a poor black kids goes to jail for marijuana possession.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 12:09 PM

Bill O'Reilly takes a "planned" vacation for the next two weeks. Could be true.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 12:14 PM

Ahhh . . . sweeet! Imagine Bill recuperating on the beach, lusting after the dolly birds[1] in bikinis, and going Phwoooarr!

[1] Brit slang. 'Ow you say? Babes?

ETA: I don't say SUSCI so much these days. Spoilt Four-year-old Brat with Bad Impulse Control is smashing up so much that your dear old Cultural Imperialism may be part of the Collateral Damage.
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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:26 AM

O'Reilly might be pointed to the door soon.

From the LA Times.

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Fox News may cleanse itself of its problem with persistent sexual harassment claims if it parts ways with host Bill O’Reilly. But the network would also face the challenge of competing in the cable news landscape without its biggest star.

It’s no exaggeration to say Fox News Channel’s loss of “The O’Reilly Factor” would be the equivalent of NBC losing its top-rated comedy “Friends” in 2004, which spelled the end of the network’s “Must-See TV” lineup that provided dominant ratings for years on Thursday night.

By delivering the biggest audience of any cable news network each night, “The O’Reilly Factor” has been a tent pole that supports the other programs in the Fox News prime-time lineup.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:28 AM

http://thehill.com/m...to-oust-oreilly

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Fox News has decided to oust top-rated host Bill O'Reilly, New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reported Wednesday.

Top network execs are in talks about how to end their relationship with O’Reilly “without causing collateral damage to the network,” the report said, adding that 21st Century Fox’s board is set to meet Thursday about it.

The Drudge Report is linking to the story, an apparent wink of confirmation given proprietor Matt Drudge’s connections to Fox News.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:32 AM

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http://www.nbcnews.c...ox-news-n748236
Bill O'Reilly has reportedly been axed from Fox News.
O'Reilly will leave the network before he returns from vacation on April 24, according to New York Magazine, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the discussion.
The future of Fox's ratings king had grown uncertain as reports swirled that the network was preparing to sever its relationship with him, but it appears that Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox, has greenlighted the axing of the network's biggest star.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 12:50 PM

Well this isn't going to be a popular choice among the kind of people who watch that network. If grabbing the p***ies of unsuspecting women isn't a disqualifier to be President of the United States, why is a little harmless flirting a disqualifier to work at Faux News?
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 01:29 PM

View Postdrdredel, on 11 April 2017 - 12:57 PM, said:

I'm unable to find information about this on the interwebs so perhaps someone here can enlighten me.

Oh, and please forgive me if I come across as insensitive - I am insensitive - but I don't wish to come across that way.

Why do we leave what appear to be criminal offenses in the hands of civil courts?

Either Oreilly is breaking the law or he isn't. If he is, then he should be prosecuted. If he's not then he should be left alone.

This practice of filing civil lawsuits for sexually predatory behavior is confounding to me. Someone assaults you and your reaction is "pay me"? This strikes me as bewildering. What would happen if they didn't settle the lawsuit? What sort of damages are being asserted?

I haven't been following this story very closely but from what I can gather Oreilly did things like call up his coworkers and masturbate while talking to (at?) them.

How much is that worth? Seriously. What $ figure does one place on being molested in this way? Do they just follow the hourly rates of phone sex local 380?

Again, I get that it's incredibly uncomfortable and distressing to be treated this way by a colleague or a boss, but it's also ILLEGAL! So - why isn't the remedy criminal prosecution?

What am I missing?

I think you might want to look at NY law, wrt what is considered criminal sexual abuse vs sexual harassment in the workplace. Pretty well defined- unwanted touching etc- that's criminal.

As far as I can see, O'Reilly has been breaking workplace sexual harassment law- and the penalties are civil recourse, if it doesn't rise to the legal definition of "abuse". Of course, this predator confined himself to workplace harassment, and so isn't subject to criminal penalties. Especially when he's learned from the "best" (Roger Ailes) and has an entire network covering for him...

As far as monetary settlements for this kind of stuff- under the existing laws, I think it's right and proper. Careers are in the balance, and the only recourse a person has, when a person such as O'Reilly, knows just how to do it, is $$$$. Fox and the Murdoch clan let this go on far, far too long.
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