Advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's show but impact unclear

Don Lemon vs. Bill O'Reilly Made for TV waged on Twitter
Advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's show but impact unclear
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06 April, 2017

Fox News said in a statement Tuesday that it values its ad partners and was "working with them to address their current concerns about the O'Reilly Factor".

The back and forth began when Lemon said on his show Monday night he would not "insult your intelligence" by devoting too much time to a story about national security adviser Susan Rice asking to have the names of President Donald Trump's transition team "unmasked" from intelligence reports. Because you should have taken it all the way.

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump told the Times on Wednesday. Trump similarly denied all the allegations, saying "the events never happened", and once calling his accusers "horrible liars".

Trump's words, though, go beyond mere defense, and into enabling rape culture by telling survivors of sexual violence, abuse, and harassment that they will not be believed, that their lives do not matter as much as that of the powerful man who harmed them. "And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything".

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A subsequent panel on "CNN Tonight" delved into the sexual harassment allegations against O'Reilly, which Lemon had previously covered on his show.

Ailes, who has denied all of the allegations against him, was forced to resign from Fox News just one week after that interview. More advertisers have joined the list of defectors from Fox's The O'Reilly Factor show bringing the total to around 20.

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.

Henry Holt, the publisher of O'Reilly's new book "Old School", has said it has "no comment at this time" on the allegations against its author. News Corp, which owns Dow Jones & Co., publisher of MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal, and 21st Century Fox were part of the same company until 2013.


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