I know this is a political blog and one of my intentions was to avoid it, but this could have very serious implications as far as ratings go and a different network being the top cable news channel.
My thoughts on cable news is that it is a joke. MSNBC, Fox, and CNN are all power hungry for ratings and will do whatever is necessary to spread their political views across. One of the clear victors has been Fox for a long time, but it could come tumbling down in the wake of Bill O'Reilly's departure. One of their mainstays, he was let go following a scandal of sexual harassment, which other Fox people have been accused of. It ends a run of "The O'Reilly Factor", one of the biggest, if not, biggest news show in all of cable.
It all starts at the very top with Roger Ailes, who created Fox News in 1996 and was in charge of the channel for a very long time. Last year he was sued by Gretchen Carlson, who worked on the network, for sexual harassment. Some people inside the company were not fond of him as well, In the end, Fox ended up paying millions to Carlson. That's what's happening right now with O'Reilly. A lot of women were not fond of him. They didn't act like the way he acted. Obviously, when there's accusations, there are others that will open up and say they were harassed. It's not hard to see why he is a hated figure and a powerful one.
O'Reilly was one of Fox's rating kings. He was someone that could get people to listen to him over a lot of controversial topics. Pretty good for a guy who used to work on Inside Edition. ("We'll do it live!") My impression of the guy is that he was unstable and came off as a loudmouth male version of Nancy Grace. For as much I didn't care about Barack Obama, the interview he did a few years ago on the then President was one of the most unprofessional and very rude interviews I have ever seen out of anything judging by the few snippets. I would say he is a step above comedy news people like the unfunny bitch Samantha Bee and idiot Stephen Colbert who try to be armchair journalists, but not by much.
It really wouldn't surprise me if O'Reilly did mistreat and harass women. He seems like the kind of person that would combined with his approach to stuff. However, there has to be actual evidence in order to show that. Saying what happened may not always guarantee a win for victims. Whatever the case, it's not a stretch to say Fox News is going to struggle for a while. With a number of their big name people gone in the last few years, it's a tough sell to listen to newcomers compared to other networks that have people like Wolf Blitzer.
If what is confirmed is true, it'll be a black eye for O'Reilly and Fox News. It would be tougher to get women to work at the network due to being afraid of what could happen. They're not the first network to deal with this, but their reputation could be a lot more damaging than sports broadcasters scandals. Life is going to be hell for who knows how long and be a punching bag for late night comedy and The Simpsons.
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