With Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly under scrutiny for the sexual harassment claims of multiple women (settling five lawsuits to the tune of $13 million), guess what Donald Trump had to say?
Our Misogynist-in-Chief said O’Reilly is a good guy and shouldn’t have settled.
Okay, that’s not exactly shocking coming from the guy who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy. But for God’s sake, he is supposed to be the president of the United States. He’s the guy, remember, who claims nobody respects women as much as he does. The guy who just declared April as “Sexual Assault and Awareness Month.”
But in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Trump disagrees that O’Reilly is the bad guy these many women are claiming he is:
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person. I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
Of course he said that. Birds of a feather flock together. And Trump, O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, the ousted former chairman of Fox, all continue to deny the allegations.
Last year Trump stuck up bigly for Ailes about those sexual claims: “I think they are unfounded just based on what I’ve read,” Trump said of the accusations against Ailes. “Totally unfounded, based on what I read.”
Regardless, Ailes was forced to resign.
Funny thing, in the real world of business and politics today, when even one accusation of sexually inappropriate behavior arises, the accused always seems to get the boot. So why not Mssrs. Trump or O’Reilly? When will they be be kicked from their ivory sexual predator towers?
Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox are standing behind O’Reilly, but none of them have spoken publicly about the matter since Saturday when the New York Times first published the extent of settlements paid to O’Reilly’s accusers. And that’s a whopping $13 million, remember, not a thousand dollars here or there. For chrissakes, follow the money means follow the money.
What is heartening is that 21st Century Fox is under federal investigation over its handling of payments made to women who accused Ailes of sexual harassment. Perhaps O’Reilly’s settlement will be investigated next.
What’s not heartening is this: CNN Money reports that many female employees inside Fox are too scared to speak out about culture of sexual harassment in the workplace, “fearing that they have no leverage against powerful on-air talents like O’Reilly.”
It’s still a man’s world at Fox News.
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