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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:34 PM

 Progressive whisperer, on 01 November 2017 - 03:45 PM, said:

“The Blaze” might be looking for new talent. Or Infowars.

Is he really looking for a job? I suppose all those pay offs to women have made him short of cash.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:46 PM

 Progressive whisperer, on 01 November 2017 - 03:45 PM, said:

“The Blaze” might be looking for new talent. Or Infowars.

He and Alex Jones could scream in tandem to amplify their .... uh, "message". Two red-faced assholes spouting nonsense. Sounds like right up Bill O's alley.
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 12:15 AM

How about The Onion?

He may not need the money, but he'll miss the revolving ladies.

He is a serial harasser and not likely to stop. If someone hires him knowing this, wouldn't they also have to pay out like Fox for future violations? A new parish, fresh altar boys, so to speak.
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Posted 02 November 2017 - 06:27 AM

Hire him, but only assign burly men to work with him.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:52 PM

O'Reilly had protection written into his contract.

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Although several women had accused then-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment, forcing him to pay out large settlements to his accusers, Fox News stood by O’Reilly, one of the network’s most prominent figures, until April of this year.

A document published by the British government on Wednesday revealed that O’Reilly’s contract with Fox News barred the network from firing O’Reilly over sexual harassment accusations unless the allegations were proven in court. Fox News had to stand by O’Reilly for the remainder of his contract unless one of his accusers won in court.

" '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."

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 06:12 PM

 LFC, on 08 November 2017 - 05:52 PM, said:


Aclause preventing firing for accusations of sexual harassment strikes me as unusual. Though maybe for Fox it is standard. Did Roger Ailes have a similar clause?

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:10 PM

Cha-CHING!

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Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, on Monday reached a settlement with company shareholders that requires third-party insurers to pay 21st Century Fox $90 million to help recoup financial damage cause by Fox News’ sexual harassment scandal.

The company also agreed to establish a committee at Fox News tasked with creating an inclusive workplace called the Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council as part of the settlement, 21st Century Fox announced on Monday.

“The Workplace Council gives our management team access to a brain trust of experts with deep and diverse experiences in workplace issues,” Fox News Channel Co-President Jack Abernethy said in a statement Monday. “We look forward to benefiting from their collective guidance.”

The settlement reached Monday resolves a complaint filed by the City of Monroe Employees’ Retirement System, a 21st Century Fox shareholder.

The complaint filed by the City of Monroe Employees’ Retirement System notes that there was a “systematic, decades-long culture of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and retaliation that led to a hostile work environment at Fox News Channel” and claims that executives did not do enough to address those issues. The complaint argues that the publicity about the sexual harassment at Fox News, as well as the large settlements paid to accusers, caused financial harm to the company.

The settlement requires insurers representing Roger Ailes’ estate and Fox News officers, including Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch, to pay $90 million to 21st Century Fox for the benefit of the company’s shareholders. It also mandates the establishment of the workplace council. The defendants did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

Sooooo, ya' think maybe their insurance rates might be going up next year?
" '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 04 December 2017 - 05:43 PM

More problems for Faux News and Bill-O. Here's a new lawsuit over a claim that Faux violated an existing settlement because they can't keep their mouths shut.

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A woman who reached a settlement with Bill O’Reilly over harassment allegations sued Mr. O’Reilly and Fox News on Monday for defamation and breach of contract, saying that public statements he and the network made violated the settlement and portrayed her as a liar and politically motivated extortionist.

The woman, Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, is one of six known to have reached settlements after making accusations against Mr. O’Reilly. (Her allegations did not include sexual harassment.) None of the others have said anything publicly about their claims, which involved sexual harassment.

Mr. O’Reilly has repeatedly said that the harassment allegations that led to his ouster from Fox News in April have no merit, that he never mistreated anyone and that he resolved the matters privately to protect his children.

“In fact, Mr. O’Reilly is the liar,” states the lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. “He mistreated Ms. Bernstein. She was forced out of her job at Fox News and paid a settlement because of his mistreatment.”

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

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 02:13 PM

Apparently God™ isn't through with His™ forsaking of Bill O'Reilly. Poor Loofah-Boy. He must feel so forsooked.

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Two former Fox News employees have joined a defamation lawsuit against the network and ex-star host Bill O’Reilly. Andrea Mackris and Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who both reached settlements with O’Reilly and Fox after accusing the host of sexual harassment, joined the lawsuit filed by former Fox producer and fellow O’Reilly accuser Rachel Wittlieb Bernstein. “These women were specifically identified in the NY Times article, to which O’Reilly and Fox responded with false and defamatory statements,” the trio’s lawyer said in a statement. “They are tired of being smeared with lies by a bully who thinks that his victims are afraid to answer them.” The suit specifically cites the Fox and O’Reilly claims that none of the accusers ever used an internal hotline to complain about any harassing behavior. Mackris is the former O’Reilly staffer who famously reached a 2004 settlement with the host after suing him for, among many things, masturbating while on the phone with her and fantasizing about fondling her with a loofah (which he mistakenly called a “falafel,” per transcripts). Diamond Gomez, too, reached a settlement, in 2011, after producing audio tapes featuring O’Reilly making unwanted sexual advances at 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

"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 20 December 2017 - 03:54 PM

A falafel? Does he have a food fetish?

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 04:40 PM

 Progressive whisperer, on 20 December 2017 - 03:54 PM, said:

A falafel? Does he have a food fetish?

This seems to be a recurring theme. Powerful men, especially "conservative" men, are really into hitting on women but they're really, really bad at it.
" '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 22 December 2017 - 08:18 AM

 Progressive whisperer, on 20 December 2017 - 03:54 PM, said:

A falafel? Does he have a food fetish?

That's why its called a "Schmear" (sp). Reminds me of a Woody Allen short story about one protagonist being sued for divorce because he smeared an ointment on his wife.
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Posted 05 April 2018 - 11:38 AM

O'Reilly tried to get the details of his settlements sealed but the judge said no. Now we get to see what was demanded. It's pretty extreme including a provision that quite literally requires the other party to lie under oath if somebody else figures out what's going on. Yep, the creator of the "No Spin Zone" required lies from his victims to cover up his misdeeds as part of the settlement. What a pig.

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Among the more extreme stipulations found in his 2004 agreement with Andrea Mackris: Should the ex-O’Reilly Factor producer ever go public with her accusations, she would not only have to return the settlement money but also give O’Reilly the value of any benefits she receives as a result of going public.

Furthermore, the settlement deal required that if a third party ever released any evidence pertaining to Mackris’ accusations, she would be obligated to publicly “disclaim them as counterfeit or forgeries.” In other words, as Macrkis’ lawyers wrote in a motion filed Wednesday, the deal effectively required her to “lie—even in legal proceedings or under oath—if any evidence becomes public.”

Additionally, CNN reported, the lawyers’ filing noted that Mackris’ attorney for the settlement, Benedict Morelli, jumped ship to become O’Reilly’s lawyer during negotiations. “This profoundly unethical conflict left Ms. Mackris virtually without legal counsel,” the filing said.

“Every step we took was to negotiate the best possible deal for Ms. Mackris. We worked extremely hard to secure a significant financial settlement for her,” Morelli responded in a statement. “The claim that I did not vigorously represent her, or that I represented O’Reilly during or after the settlement process, is absolutely false.”

" '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 05 April 2018 - 11:59 AM

I don't know what the law in this area is, but if a person agrees to commit an illegal act in exchange for money, that seems likely to constitute a crime on behalf of BOTH parties. Also, the lawyers who drew it up would likely be in trouble.

My guess is that it probably comes right up to whatever the legal line is but doesn't quite cross it, or crosses it with so much obscurification that it would be difficult to prove what the intent was.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 07:44 AM

 indy, on 05 April 2018 - 11:59 AM, said:

I don't know what the law in this area is, but if a person agrees to commit an illegal act in exchange for money, that seems likely to constitute a crime on behalf of BOTH parties. Also, the lawyers who drew it up would likely be in trouble.

My guess is that it probably comes right up to whatever the legal line is but doesn't quite cross it, or crosses it with so much obscurification that it would be difficult to prove what the intent was.

Or the lawyers figure the likelihood of their having problems over it was too small to worry about. See Dump’s lawyer this week.

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