The New York Times reported on April 1, 2017 that Fox News, and Bill O'Reilly paid an estimated $13 million dollars to five women over an undisclosed period of time in exchange for these women agreeing not to pursue litigation against or speak publicly about alleged sexual harassment charges against Mr. O'Reilly. This was not an April Fool's joke, and is not fake news. Anyone who remembers the cable news giant just settled a large sexual harassment allegation against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, filed by Gretchen Carlson and later joined by over a dozen Fox News women employees is not surprised. Roger Ailes was summoned to Rupert Murdoch's New York Penthouse on July 21, 2016 to sign his non-compete-severance compensation of $40 million hours before Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party Presidential nomination. It is no wonder that Fox News prime-time anchor, Bill O'Reilly was a vocal advocate of President Trump following The Washington Posts release of an extremely lewd, secretly recorded video on October 7, 2016, where candidate Donald Trump bragged to television host Billy Bush about "going after married women" and grabbing women by the genitalia in a 2005 interview for Access Hollywood.
To date over 60 companies have withdrawn their commercial advertising on the Fox News Segment, The O'Reilly Factor. If this is what is meant by "Making America, great again". No thank you! Too many people have fought too hard, too long to allow this good-ole' boy's club to roll back the progress that has been made against misogyny, sexism, and sexual harassment. Roger Ailes successfully supplanted CNN as the number 1 Cable News network by discovering he could build a loyal base by pushing back on "key wedge issues — race, religion, class, this allowed hem to turn conservative voters into loyal viewers", and further polarize American politics. Wake-up America! Stop allowing yourselves to be played by emotionally charged wedge issues and hold our politicians, news mediums, and corporations accountable. If you long for a bygone era, watch an episode of Mad Men!
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