Former Fox anchor: Harassment is pervasive
- Author: Marlene Weaver Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 2:19
California congresswoman Maxine Waters said Fox New anchor Bill O'Reilly should be arrested over the allegations against him for sexual harassment and slammed President Donald Trump for defending the host as "a good person".
Since then, at least 50 companies have withdrawn advertisements from his top-rated show. British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc said it would temporarily suspend its advertising.
The Wonderful Co., the company behind Fiji bottled water, Wonderful Pistachios and POM pomegranate juice, says it will no longer advertise on the show. Untuckit is among the biggest advertisers on the show.
In March, O'Reilly appeared on "Fox & Friends" and joked about the Congressperson's appearance saying she was wearing a "James Brown wig" that distracted him from listening to her speak.
"Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O'Reilly".
"They are two of a kind", she added. Many of his books have topped The New York Times bestseller list in recent years. Robinson said an advertising boycott was more hard to organize against Limbaugh because he receives more support from local companies in individual markets.
The show has lost more than 40 advertisers in the days since The New York Times released its investigation revealing that five women have received settlement payouts totaling $13 million after accusing the 67-year-old host of sexual harassment.
A Fox News contributor who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former chief executive Roger Ailes is asking New York City's anti-discrimination agency to investigate the network.
There are serious questions as to whether the conservative network tolerates sexual harassment against women. "Because you should have taken it all the way; I don't think Bill did anything wrong".
That's one reason why O'Reilly claiming that the women could have called HR anonymously to deal with it is a bunk argument; the culture in place wasn't going to support or investigate their claims, regardless.
"The O'Reilly Factor" viewership reached 3.7 million Monday and 3.8 million Tuesday, up 14 percent from the prior week, according to USA Today. The South Korean automaker also spent $644,788 in 2016 for Kia spots on the show. O'Reilly and Fox both issued statements.