Trump defends Bill O'Reilly amid sexual harassment claims
- Author: Marlene Weaver Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 17:20
But there's a big overlap between Trump voters and Fox News viewers, so these are not people who are going to stop watching because of a few million dollars in hush money.
Trump similarly defended former Fox News chief Roger Ailes past year, when Ailes was facing a litany of sexual harassment allegations.
Of course, Roger Ailes resigned as Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel past year after allegations of sexual harassment. The show said about $13m in settlements had been paid to women who had accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour.
Seated alongside Bash, CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson added some context to the topic of alleged sexual harassment.
GlaxoSmithKline said it had "temporarily put a hold" on ads on O'Reilly's show while it reviews the situation.
As outrage grows over the sexual harassment accusations surrounding Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, 62 advertisers have now pulled their commercials from the pundit's popular show, The O'Reilly Factor.
Representatives for Fox News and 21st Century Fox did not immediately answer questions. It needs to be stopped. Today, O'Reilly recieved a perhaps unsurprising defender: President Donald Trump.
O'Reilly's Tuesday program even beat offerings on ABC and NBC at that hour, in a rare victory for a cable network over broadcast television.
"I think that if the public and if advertisers continue to push on their beliefs and move away from O'Reilly, then Fox News may also follow suit", said Mimi Chakravorti, the executive director of a brand consulting firm, in an interview with TVNewser. She's supposed to be the one that is standing up for women.
"I don't think Bill did anything wrong", Trump said in the Oval Office. The president was citing a report from a Republican writer and conspiracy theorist who said Rice tried to reveal the identities of the Trump associates caught in surveillance of foreign officials. "He's a person I know well - he is a good person".
Waters also criticized President Donald Trump for defending the Fox News star, saying his words of support are "coming out of the mouth of someone who has said some bad things about women".