All too often in this fallen world, it seems like good people get ground to dust while assholes fail to receive their much-deserved comeuppance. But it looks like raging misogynist, racist, bullying asshole Bill O’Reilly might get shit-canned via the machinations of the Murdoch spawn:
The Murdoch family is reportedly fighting about top Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s future at the network in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment against him, New York Magazine reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
O’Reilly is currently away on vacation, his longest in years, and the family is “leaning toward” announcing he will not be back on air, according to the report. James and Lachlan Murdoch are of the opinion that O’Reilly needs to go, sources apparently told the publication, but their father, Rupert, is not so sure.
“The three are fighting,” an unnamed source told New York Magazine.
Part of the reason Murdoch is resistant is that he doesn’t want it to look like he was “forced into a decision by The New York Times,” the report continued.
This report comes on the heels of dozens of companies pulling out of advertising on O’Reilly’s show after it came to light that several sexual harassment cases against him had been settled. The revenue lost, along with other factors, has made the idea of letting O’Reilly go look better and better, an unnamed source told the publication.
I sure hope this comes to pass. Oh, he’ll still be an obscenely rich motherfucker who is admired by fellow grabby assholes like the orange-tinted pustule currently inflaming the Oval Office. But even though he has not a whit of professional integrity, O’Reilly thinks he does, judging by the sneering hostility and over-the-top dominance displays directed toward anyone who questions his “reporting.”
So getting shit-canned will sting. Good. O’Reilly is an ignorant blowhard who has actively made the world a worse place while enriching himself and taking advantage of others. He deserves far worse than firing, but it’s a start.
*Before he was one of the most awesome US Senators ever, Al Franken dealt with O’Reilly in his 2003 book, “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.” The title in question was, “Bill O’Reilly: Lying, Splotchy Bully.” IIRC, Franken chose that title because O’Reilly freaked out at a promo photo of himself that made him look splotchy (which he is!). O’Reilly allegedly handled the splotchy photo crisis with the grace and aplomb displayed in the vintage video up top. Asshole!