LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 — After several days of speculation, it’s official: Bill O’Reilly has been ousted from his perch atop Fox News.
Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James made the announcement in a written statement on Wednesday. No man is indispensable, and 16 years of being the top-rated news program in all of cable was not enough to save O’Reilly.
O’Reilly has been under a cloud ever since a news report revealed that 13 million dollars has been paid out by Fox News to settle five different claims of sexual harassment against O’Reilly. Long an enemy of the left, O’Reilly’s takedown will give new meaning to the “No Spin Zone.”
Airwaves are already flooded with pious declarations that sexual harassment will no longer be tolerated. But O’Reilly’s departure has nothing to do with sexual harassment. He was hated by the left because of their fetish and obsession: He was their enemy because of abortion, and only abortion.
O’Reilly may be guilty of sexual harassment, but that’s minor. The issue the left cares about above all others is abortion. If you want to spend a lifetime abusing women without consequences, be pro-choice on abortion.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and HBO’s Bill Maher have long histories of derogatory remarks toward conservative women. They are celebrated in leftist circles.
Former President Bill Clinton was accused of far worse than mere sexual harassment. Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broderick accused him of sexual assault and rape. Even in soft-on-crime blue states, those acts are illegal.
The late Senator Ted Kennedy killed a woman.
These men are or were all ardently pro-choice on abortion.
What Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky was described as consensual, but he was her superior. During the height of the sexual harassment scandal between the middle-aged president and the 21-year-old intern, feminist writer Nina Burleigh summed up the feminist movement perfectly:
“I would be happy to give him (Clinton) a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their Presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”
Buleigh made it crudely explicit: The only thing liberal women care about is abortion. They may support gay rights and fret about climate change at dinner parties, but without much passion. They fight for abortion the way people in the Middle East fight for Jerusalem.
The conservative Rupert Murdoch fired O’Reilly, but the left led the advertiser boycotts. The left-wing New York Times ran with the allegations against O’Reilly and kept the story alive in the media. While North Korea and Syria threatened world stability, America’s self-described “Paper of Record” obsessed over a conservative, pro-life talk show host.
The issue is not whether O’Reilly did anything wrong. Once the cases were settled, the issue should have ended. The whole point of settling cases is to make them disappear. If more cases became public, companies would have fewer reasons to settle. This would be a devastating financial blow to the trial lawyers financing a large part of the Democrat Party.
O’Reilly’s alleged behavior is boorish, but no one has accused him of a crime. Liberal men who engage in far worse behavior get to violate women with impunity. What will NARAL and EMILY’s List say or do? Nothing.
Abortion is the most polarizing political issue in America. The major camps are so diametrically opposed that reconciling them is impossible. Those who actively oppose abortion must live perfect lives to avoid being destroyed by the liberal media.
Like ousted Fox News President Roger Ailes, O’Reilly did not lead a perfect life. He was flawed. But his Catholic faith led him to publicly denounce abortion, so pro-choice activists had to bring him down. He gave them the ammunition. How the New York Times obtained confidential settlement agreement information is something the paper will most likely never be asked. They love transparency for others and secrecy for themselves.
O’Reilly will be fine without the O’Reilly Factor. He had openly contemplated retirement in recent years, and has more money than he will ever need. His personal behavior will not alter the fact that viewers overwhelmingly trusted him professionally. He is not 2017’s Dan Rather or Brian Williams. News programs will still rush to get his opinion on various issues.
Feminists will continue to claim that sexual harassment is wrong while selectively choosing their targets based on abortion.
As a failed presidential candidate, fake feminist, and sexual assault enabler once opined, “What difference at this point does it make?”