Will Bill O'Reilly survive advertiser defections?

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21 April, 2017

Embattled Fox News Channel anchor Bill O'Reilly received the support of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, who called him "a good person" in an interview with The New York Times.

Trump earlier in the day declared O'Reilly innocent of the allegations that prompted Fox to pay $13 million to settle complaints from women at the network, the New York Times reported.

O'Reilly, 67, has denied the merits of the claims and said he settled to protect his family from any embarrassment that would come from the publicity of a legal action.

"You need a chief of staff, somebody you trust, a communication director saying, 'President Trump, they're going to be asking you about Bill O'Reilly, probably ask you about what you said about Barack Obama yesterday, they're going to ask you about Susan Rice, (but) today we're talking about Syria. I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person".

Of course, Roger Ailes resigned as Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel a year ago after allegations of sexual harassment.

O'Reilly replied, "I didn't say she wasn't attractive". O'Reilly was outraged by the decision, urging his viewers to boycott the soda company if they didn't pull the ads.

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After all, Trump is a man who refuses to speak ill of anybody who has spoken favorably of him - whether it's right-wing hack O'Reilly or Russian President Vladimir Putin, who helped orchestrate the biggest attack on America's democratic process in history.

She continued, "They need to go to jail". The Fox News host, whose show has been abandoned by dozens of advertisers, hasn't admitted any wrongdoing.

In this combination photo, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, appears at the Justice on Trial Film Festival on October 20, 2013, in Los Angeles and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor", on October 1, 2015 in NY. Amazingly, O'Reilly's once-certain future at the network is now in doubt.

Rep. Maxine Waters, and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly.

Bill O'Reilly's nightly program has always been the foundation of the Fox News Channel's top-rated prime-time lineup. "Such comments tell women they won't be believed".

During the campaign, Mr. Trump had already defended another Fox News central figure, Roger Ailes, his then CEO, who is also accused of sexual harassment. She's supposed to be the one that's standing up for women.


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