Bill O’Reilly let go by Fox News; Now Sean Hannity is in the hot seat against sexual harrasment allegations.
In the opening monologue of his Monday Fox News Channel broadcast, Sean Hannity, host of “Hannity,” confronted attacks against him and his character head-on.
In statements made Monday, Fox News guest and blogger Debbie Schlussel said she does not classify the incident involving host Sean Hannity as sexual harassment.
Schlussel, an attorney, told LawNewz.com while the event occurred as she described, she would not classify it as sexual harassment in a legal sense.
“I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that,” Schlussel said.
Fox News ended its association with Bill O’Reilly, the TV host and commentator who has ruled cable-news ratings for nearly two decades. O’Reilly was the signature figure in the network’s rise as a powerful political player. The end for O’Reilly was set in motion by a scathing New York Times investigation in early April that revealed that he and Fox had settled five allegations of harrassment brought by Fox employees over a 15-year period. The company and O’Reilly paid out $15 million in exchange for his accusers’ silence.
Bill O’Reilly returned to work Monday;
On his latest No Spin News podcast, released Monday night, O’Reilly remained confident that “the truth will come out” about the allegations of sexual harassment that led Fox News’ parent company 21st Century Fox to dismiss him Wednesday.
“I am sad that I am not on television anymore,” he said in the podcast on billoreilly.com. “I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot because there’s much stuff going on right now, but I can tell you that I am very confident the truth will come out and when it does I don’t know if you are going to be surprised, but I think you are going to be shaken as I am.”
Lisa Bloom, the high-powered attorney who represented some of Bill O’Reilly‘s sexual harassment accusers, did a Democracy Now! interview in which she talked strategy.
“We are going to bring him down” is what Bloom said she promised accuser Wendy Walsh. They did it, too, she added, noting that “the plan went flawlessly.” Here’s how:
“The plan was, first of all, we have to keep this story in the news. We can’t just let it be a one-day story and that’s what it would have been. So, Wendy and I did a press conference. Again, she was very scared; we shored her up. We had to do a press conference and make this story be big so that other accusers would call me. As an attorney, I can’t call them and I didn’t know who they were anyway, right? But we had to keep this story going. So we released bits of it day by day, giving the story legs as we say in journalism. A second accuser did call me … we got her sister in place. We got her three witnesses interviewed … and we came out with her story a few days ago. A third accuser, a fourth accuser came out. I tweeted and I said on many shows that the Murdochs had only one choice and that was to fire Bill O’Reilly. If they didn’t, we would continue relentlessly day after day, having more and more accusers come out publicly. We were not going to let this go. We were going to persist.” Source
Make no mistake: This is an orchestrated effort by Democrats to bring down Conservatives with high powered platforms that potentially reach millions of viewers. Donald Trump’s Presidential win was partly contributed to the connection the American public had with some of these News Hosts bringing them Conservative news views, as well as airing numerous interviews with President Trump during the election cycle. Democrats are starting now to change the dynamics of the media delivered to Americans. Stay vigilant and stay woke Conservatives! —The Scoopess