In group settings, especially work environments, there are some things that are always true. Among those things is the commonly accepted sentiment that the attitude of employees reflects an organization’s leadership. Although this saying could be applied on a larger level to include Donald Trump since he ushered in the normalization of “Just grab them by the p*ssy,” it’s also true on a smaller scale for the folks at Fox News.
For years, the leadership at Fox News was a sexist, misogynistic, abuser of women who allowed his network to radicalize politics and teeter/sometimes cross the line from white nationalism into flat out racist propaganda. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that white nationalist sensationalist number one, Bill O’Reilly and his good ol’ boy network at Fox News have paid out over $13 million in settlements for what appears to be O’Reilly following in the footsteps of his former CEO, Roger Ailes.
In the wake of news of those payouts having been released, CNN reports that Fox News is on pins and needles as they await further consequences from their actions of agreeing to such substantial settlements, and allowing an accused serial sexual abuser to remain on their payroll.
Social media users aren’t letting O’Reilly off as easy as Fox is, though. One person took to Twitter to remind who/how O’Reilly is, despite his efforts to present himself as a fun-loving family man:
Never forget…this is the real Bill O’Reilly. pic.twitter.com/Zt4FCt4gJ6
— Yashar (@yashar) April 2, 2017
Others gave much-needed reminders about white privilege in the error of Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly et al:
— The Young Turks (@TheYoungTurks) April 2, 2017
Y’all should be going after Bill O’Reilly just like y’all did Bill Cosby..
— Mack Victory (@mack1979) April 3, 2017
Everytime I think of what MSM did to Bill Cosby I’m reminded of what they didn’t do to Bill O’Reilly. https://t.co/MOppHxbIaF
— ⌛Sheryltee_ (@sheryltee_) March 29, 2017
Nevertheless, Fox continues with their damage control, releasing a statement saying:
’21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously. [O’Reilly is] fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News.’
However, that statement from Fox may just be part of a typical dog and pony show. According to CNN, The New York Times may be aware of two more sources who state they too are survivors of assault, harassment, and/or otherwise inappropriate/unlawful treatment from O’Reilly. The only reason The Times didn’t immediately report on the additional sources was because the facts of the other cases are still being investigated.
Even if additional women don’t come forward, there is a lot to be said for the fact that Bill Cosby has been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, lost endorsements, and the running of his show in syndication, and all of his charitable work seemingly forgotten in the midst of his sexual assault allegations. Meanwhile, Bill O’Reilly, the one who has a seat at the table of privileged good ol’ boys, is still gainfully employed and making millions to spew hate, further divide an already wounded nation, and protect the interests of people like Donald Trump.
Is this what all lives matter, looks like? Or is it further proof that all wealthy white male lives, matter?
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