President Trump backs beleaguered Fox News host Bill O'Reilly
- Author: Michelle Webb Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 2:22
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it is "sickening" that President Trump has come to the defense of Bill O'Reilly following news reports that Fox News has paid five women millions to settle sexual harassment allegations leveled against their star commentator. According to the report, O'Reilly and Fox News's parent company, 21st Century Fox, has paid out roughly $13 million to five different women in exchange to not pursue litigation or speak about the allegations. I've always found him to be just a very, very good person.
"Do you really want to take advice on cultural trends from a pervert - a certified sexual harasser - such as O'Reilly?"
"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled, because you should have taken it all the way", he told the Times.
Now a U.S. Representative says Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is the one who needs to be locked up.
As of Wednesday, 35 advertisers have distanced themselves from "The O'Reilly Factor", most asking Fox News to move their commercials into other programs on the channel, which has the highest ratings in cable.
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Attempting to defend his friend, President Trump said he felt O'Reilly shouldn't have settled the cases of sexual harassment against him and that he felt that O'Reilly was innocent. "Factor" was the most-watched show in cable news both Monday and Tuesday this week.
Last summer, former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned from the company after being accused of sexual misconduct by former network mainstay Gretchen Carlson.
"The advertising strategy we have long used at Angie's List is meant to reach as many people as possible with news that our service exists and is available to them", she said in a statement. These included a Fox News favorite MyPillow, SimpliSafe home security system, and the drug Entyvio (owned by the pharmaceutical company Takeda).
When Ailes was forced out, 21st Century Fox said it was determined to change the culture to make it a more respectful workplace, and its top human resources executive this week re-emphasized that in a staff memo following the filing of another lawsuit by a woman who said her career stalled because she rejected Ailes' sexual advances. Her latest comments further serve her reputation as one fearless legislator.
Separately, the securities fraud division of U.S. Attorney's office in NY is investigating how 21st Century Fox handled the scandal.