Bill O’Reilly has released a statement regarding his termination at Fox News, which happened after overwhelming outrage regarding several women who made accusations of sexual harassment against the cable news’ top commentator.
Here’s his statement:
“Over the past 20 years at Fox News, I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television.
“It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers.
“I wish only the best for Fox News Channel,” O’Reilly concluded.
If O’Reilly is guilty of sexual harassment, then like in any workplace situation, he should go. But it remains striking that the willingness of people on all parts of the political spectrum to oust and “burn” conservative commentators. This may sound like the beginning of a rambling defense, but it’s not. If you do something wrong, you have to pay for that mistake. However, media elements are displaying an almost unbelievable bias when it comes to “taking down” big names.
A perfect example would be those that accused former President Bill Clinton of rape and sexual assault. Not only has there been no thorough investigation into the claims of people like Juanita Broaddrick, but her claims are dismissed out of hand. Where are the MSM on these issues? It is not as though during 2016 Clinton had disappeared from the public sphere.
And why is it that other Conservatives are so keen to jump on the “persecution bandwagon”? No one should be defending the indefensible, but from the minute the O’Reilly accusations broke, all were keen to distance themselves.
When Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton was accused of raping and sexually assaulting several women throughout the course of his political career, Democrats laughed at and mocked his accusers. Juanita Broaddrick was especially vocal about Bill Clinton raping her during Hillary’s campaign. Thanks to Donald Trump, she was finally able to tell the media her story and how Hillary enabled Bill to continue to sexually assaulting women. Hillary’s fans paid no attention to Broaddrick, the media and the Democrat Party had already discredited her.
With the exception of Donald Trump (who wouldn’t allow anyone to falsely malign him or his character), if a woman makes an accusation of sexual assault or advances against a high-profile conservative media personality or politician, one can pretty much be assured they’ll be removed from their position with approval of their fellow conservatives in short-order.
The standards which make the US criminal justice system one of the fairest in the world (it’s not perfect, but it is better than most when it works correctly), are evidence based. The evidence is weighed and measured by a jury of peers, and only if it is found to be beyond reasonable doubt is a guilty verdict handed down. When did we stop applying this standard to those in the public eye? And why are “Conservatives” so quick to dismiss the idea of “innocent until proven guilty”?