I am not here to defend Mr. O’Reilly. He will have to do that himself, if he can.
Bill’s success proves he is one of the best. I have been an “O’Reilly Factor” watcher for many years, in general I have found him to be fair, intelligent and perspicacious (“word of the day”). But nobody’s perfect. I disliked his daily segment selling his “Killing” books, his embarrassing self-promotion, and a viewers’ mail segment which always ended with further promotion of his books and entertainment events. That part of his show was unvarnished snake oil salesmanship, which in my view diminished his personal credibility and the status of his show.
That said, the accusations which have fallen upon Mr. O’Reilly concerning his alleged treatment of women seem rather peculiar. Bill has been a great promoter and supporter of his female guests and co-on-air talents. For one example, he was key in bringing up Megyn Kelly as an on-air show host. We watched the ugly spectacle of her head quickly growing bigger than Bill’s. Even to the selling of her own and her hubby’s books on-air.
But I believe the real story here is how easily a gang of women – and I don’t use that word loosely – bonded by raw ambition, greed and ideology join together to destroy men – be it Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity — men they first approached for their own career opportunities; who were given a chance; and who then for whatever reasons didn’t quite get the golden ring. Today, the Left’s PC ideology is the sledge hammer used for the demolishing. In the past, Hell had no fury like a woman scorned. But in today’s culture, Hell hath no fury like an opportunistic woman and her lawyer.
Women claim O’Reilly and others at FOX “leered” at them, or made passes at them, or asked them out on dates, or up to their hotel room, or whatever else they can think of to squeeze them and FOX for cash. One begins to smell the likes of Gloria Allred here.
Have we in America come to the point where successful, wealthy men can be destroyed (not co-incidentally men hated by those on the Left) simply by claiming he might have flirted, perhaps aggressively, acted like a horn-dog, or even an old lech? Does it no longer take actual damages, such as we heard in the Bill Cosby case, to impel a gang of women to sue and make ugly accusations against these men, accusations which upon close examination basically amount to she said–he said cases? If a wealthy and well-known celebrity decides to take his lawyer’s advice and pay an accuser to keep her quiet, does this somehow prove guilt? Or does it merely serve to invite other women and their lawyers, looking for a quick buck, to join the gang.
Does it happen only to politically conservative men? Like O’Reilly and his boss, Roger Ailes? Of course not. It also happened, if you recall, to President Clinton. But the very same people wanting to depose Bill O’Reilly rushed to Clinton’s defense even though there was far stronger evidence of actual harm done to his accusers.
This sort of thing has always been “Plan B” for a certain type of ambitious woman whose boudoir mirrors reflect at least an average degree of attractiveness but not much character. This type is a predator. A cash stalker. She is not a cupcake. Let’s face it, if a woman is really traumatized by a professional man wearing a suit and tie walking past her desk and looking at her the wrong way, or making a suggestive remark to her or, heaven forfend, asking her to dinner, or whatever... well what in Hell has happened to “I am woman, hear me roar?” The roaring has been replaced by a whimpering cry for cash. It’s preposterous; that a modern woman has reached this stage of her life and has yet learned to fend off unwanted attention. The turnip truck must be on a bumpy road, dropping women all over the place.
No, don’t give me any of that politically correct baloney about vulnerable women. Women can be far more devious, even vicious, than men. Now add to that law schools pumping female lawyers out faster than ever; and at least some of those lawyers with poor character are looking for easy targets for law suits. Never mind that the alleged “victims” usually are, to borrow a phrase, dressed to kill: too-short skirts, gauche décolleté, overly coiffed and made-up... is all this done to not attract attention? Is it any wonder then that some of the attention will be unwanted?
But is it really “unwanted?”
I worked at large professional organizations in Manhattan and Los Angeles for many years. When promoted high in the chain of command, I was warned by corporate lawyers (many of whom were women) to be wary of this kind of entrapment. “Way back” in the 1980’s, it was strongly suggested that we keep our office doors open when meeting with individual women whom we supervised. Some of our offices had glass walls on the corridor sides. Several dumbbell male department heads were caught in the spider’s web. The crafty women who came up with stories of harassment were often paid off, leaving the company after signing non-disclosure agreements. A year’s or more salary made... just like that. Then on to trap the next sap. We married men are even more vulnerable to attack. I escaped more than my share of attempts. In our offices. On airplanes. In cars. In hotels we stayed at on business trips. Even during meetings with our clients! As soon as I got a sense of where the women were going with their whiles, I bailed out. Vice-President Mike Pence knows what he speaks of when he says he bails out of one-on-one dinners or meetings with women.
Dumb guys with big egos are often unaware when this is happening to them. Mr. O’Reilly is not dumb. But unfortunately, some men, no matter how smart, allow Delilahs to flattered them into trouble. Perhaps Bill is one of them. I have no way of knowing if the women’s claims are true or not. I wasn’t there, and unless you’re one of the accusers, neither were you.
We have seen this movie before. The plot usually thickens as the facts are revealed. Political ends become one of the prime motives. What am I suggesting? The Left hates President Trump, and will do everything in its power to destroy his presidency. O’Reilly supported Trump. Ailes supported Trump, Hannity supported Trump. Destroy them and you hurt Trump. But O’Reilly won’t just go away. When he comes back, as he surely will, he will be coming after you; you who don’t care who gets hurt in your craven desire to cling to whatever waning power you may still have.