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As a growing number of advertisers pull ads from Bill O'Reilly's show due to allegations of sexual harassment, a group of women who worked in the payroll department say they suffered racial discrimination and higher-ups did nothing to address it.
President Trump is defending Bill O’Reilly following a report that the Fox News host and his network reached settlements with five women who had accused him of harassment.
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said Tuesday in an interview with the New York Times.
The paper, which Trump has often described as “failing,” reported over the weekend that O’Reilly and the cable news network paid about $13 million to five women who had accused the “O’Reilly Factor” host of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.
“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled,” Trump said.
And for the president, it’s familiar territory.
Trump, who declared April National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, was accused by more than a dozen women of inappropriate touching or harassment in separate incidents dating to the early 1970s. The accusers came forward after the second presidential debate, in which Trump said that his bragging about kissing and touching women without their consent — caught on a hot mic in an explosive 2005 video — was “locker-room talk,” and that he never actually groped anyone.
The list of high-profile companies pulling their ads from Fox News's primetime show "The O'Reilly Factor" grew Tuesday as advertisers sought to distance themselves from fresh allegations that show host Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed women — and that Fox News quietly paid out millions to alleged victims.
As of Tuesday evening, at least 15 companies, including Allstate, BMW, T. Rowe Price, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, had pulled their ad campaigns from “The O’Reilly Factor,” citing their concern about the recent allegations, CNN reported.
A report published in The New York Times on Saturday detailed allegations from five women that O’Reilly, one of Fox News’s most high-profile hosts, harassed them, including making unwanted sexual advances. (Two of the settlements and allegations had been previously reported.) The Times reports that $13 million was paid to the women so that they would not pursue charges or talk about the allegations.
Anchors and reporters at the cable news giants are directly attacking one another on the air, sniping over Twitter, blanketing the airwaves with coverage of each other’s controversies and counting the hours until their rival personalities are driven to ruin.
At CNN, reporters and anchors have put Fox’s top anchor, Bill O’Reilly, through the ringer, gleefully cataloguing the advertisers that have fled his show over allegations of sexual harassment and opining about how much backlash O’Reilly can absorb before the Murdoch family cuts him loose.
For three days, Bill O’Reilly has remained silent as 50 advertisers have fled his show after it was revealed $13 million in payments have been made to settle claims made by former Fox News employees and personalities accusing him of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct.
Trump’s comments didn’t sit well with former Fox Business Network host Rebecca Gomez Diamond, one of the five women who received a settlement from O’Reilly. Diamond, who has remained silent about the 2011 payout she received from the Fox News star, blasted Trump for publicly defending O'Reilly.
“I’m saddened reading your comments,” Diamond said in a series of tweets directed at the president. “Truly disappointed and vilified all over again. Such comments tell women they won’t be believed.” source
Even knowing this trend several companies pulling their ads quietly signaled their move was not permanent. The spokesman for drug maker GlaxoSmithKline told BuzzFeed it pulled its ads temporarily saying “We are continually reviewing our advertising to ensure it is conducted in a responsible manner aligned with our values.” The words “continually reviewing” mean there may be factors on The Factor that might change their minds. I wonder what that would be? Perhaps if O’Reilly goes to some sort of rehab...? Is there a PussyGrabber’s Anonymous?
No wonder advertisers with quality brand identities like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and the money management firm T. Rowe Price have removed their spots from "The O'Reilly Factor" despite its ratings. The latest tallies put the number of those who have distanced themselves from O'Reilly during the past week between 40 and 50.
No wonder Megyn Kelly, the best hope Fox News had for any sense of journalistic respectability, fled to NBC News once she had the chance in January, even though Fox offered her more money to stay. What woman who had other options would want to work in a place that up until July was run autocratically by Roger Ailes and catered to O'Reilly by supporting him through multiple settlements for sexual harassment during his career at the top-rated cable news channel?
A New York Times investigation published April 1 found that 21st Century Fox had supported O'Reilly through five lawsuits totaling about $13 million in payouts. Two of the those lawsuits were settled this year after Ailes, the founder of Fox News, was forced out and 21st Century Fox announced zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
The company was settling sexual harassment suits against Ailes himself when he departed with a $40 million check. One of the suits was settled for $20 million with former Fox show host Gretchen Carlson, who was very specific about the ways she said Ailes had harassed her. If even one of the allegations is true, Ailes is a monster who should have been banished long ago.
...O'Reilly went above and beyond mere support for Ailes, smearing women like Carlson who filed suit against their alleged harassers.
It's a "deplorable" situation, he told Meyers, that famous and powerful men like Ailes and he are targets for opportunists out to make a buck.
Just seven advertisements ran on Thursday’s "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News after nearly 60 companies this week reportedly dropped their sponsorships of the highly rated prime-time program.
The hourlong series can run as many as 40 commercials during a typical night.
The increasing ad pulls follow a Saturday New York Times report that host Bill O'Reilly paid $13 million to five women to settle sexual harassment allegations.
O'Reilly's ratings have not suffered as a result of the controversy as the 67-year-old host has outpaced his closest competition, "The Rachel Maddow Show," by more than a million viewers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, according to Nielsen Research.
...the biggest advertiser for the Fox News show isn't a well-known company that could face a backlash from consumers due to the sexual harassment allegations made against Bill O'Reilly. It's a firm that buys and sells gold, silver and other precious metals.
According to data from research firm Kantar Media, a company called Rosland Capital was the top advertiser for "The O'Reilly Factor" in 2015 and for the first nine months of 2016. (More recent data is not available yet.)
And Rosland told CNNMoney it is staying.
"We have been advertisers on the network for a number of years. Around 10% of our ad spend with the network is for advertising that runs on that particular program," Rosland said. "At this time, we have no plans to change our advertising strategy."
The attorney representing a woman accusing Fox News host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment on Sunday said the allegations against O’Reilly will not blow over.
“This is not blowing over. I think there are going to be more claims,” Lisa Bloom told CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
Bloom said she has spoken to a lot of women and is currently reviewing other cases. She also said 21st Century Fox is looking into the allegations after Bloom and her client phoned the Fox News hotline.