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4/19/2017

O’Reilly Out at Fox News

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:09 pm

Who cares? I don’t watch Fox News any more and haven’t for years. I watched Bill O’Reilly enough to figure out I don’t like him. Good riddance.

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  1. Good riddance.

    I’ve not watched Fox News intentionally in at least a decade. Unfortunately, the local Burger King plays it in the dining area. Encourages me not to dawdle over my lunch there … or eat there at all.

    Comment by SPQR — 4/19/2017 @ 9:53 pm

  2. As Sarah Hoyt points out in this blog post, it’s wise to forget about the character of the individual involved in situations like this, and focus entirely on whether this particular case is justified or not:

    It is justly said that free speech must protect unpopular speech, because no one ever tries to restrain popular speech.

    In the same way, it is the shady, the loopy, the Odd among us who must be kept safe in their dignity, in their persons, in their possessions and in their reputations. Because if they are safe, then all of us will be safe.

    And if they aren’t, soon enough, no one will be.

    If O’Reilly did commit the acts of sexual harrassment he’s accused of, he should pay for them. If he did not, he should be defended regardless of one’s personal opinion of him, and whether you believe he’s a real conservative. Paul Mirengoff has written a pretty good, dispassionate piece about why he doesn’t think the harassment accusations are likely substantiated. He’s convinced me that this claim, at least, appears to be hollow. (I have no information about the other claims of harrassment that O’Reilly has settled in the past.)

    Fox News, of course, has the right to make their own decision about who to hire or let go, and if they believe that the harassment accusations are true, then they are probably right to let him go. But if they are simply granting the classic “heckler’s veto”, I would argue that this is a mistake. And, like Sarah Hoyt, I’d further argue that it’s precisely the people we don’t like (I also found O’Reilly to be a blowhard the few times I ever saw his show) that we should defend, precisely because we’re not naturally inclined to do so.

    Comment by Robin Munn — 4/19/2017 @ 10:19 pm

  3. Well said Robin. I agree 100%.

    This morning our local talk shows have fielded calls from left leaning callers that have already declared they’re going after Hannity next. This whole things stinks, and as much as I can’t stand O’Reilly, he deserves a defense until the evidence shows what has been alleged.

    Comment by Sean — 4/20/2017 @ 5:30 am

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