One of my American FaceBook friends let me know today that this is an old story. she says four years ago but I still think it's intersting....
Ok, so to follow up on the Fox News is owned by the Republican Party post, here's this lovely but really not surprising tidbit.
Your favourite on-air psychopath, Bill O, as he's colloquially called, has a lawsuit pending against him for harassment.
It seems the uber moralistic, opinionated firebrand of The O'Reilly Factor lacks a working moral compass. If you haven't seen his epic meltdowns, of which there are reported to be many but of which only one is on YouTube, check it...
Even better, said suit has been brought against Bill O, The Bill O'Reilly News Corp, Fox News Channel, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Westwood One Inc. for Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment, and sexually hostile work environment.
It should be noted that the woman who brought the suit, Andrea Makris, is a well respected journalist whose work includes GW Bush's campaign (and no, that in itself should not prejudice the case despite that she helped a monkey win an election...).
The core of the suit is that Fox and Westwood are rife with sexually regressive idiots, the key person being Bill O.
According to excerpts from Ring Surf," Andrea Makris says O’Reilly forced her to have telephone sex against her wishes. He accuses her of making two lewd telephone calls. Mackris’ lawsuit asserts that during a phone conversation this August, O’Reilly suggested she buy a vibrator and was clearly excited. Before hanging up, she said, O’Reilly told her, I appreciate the fun phone call. She contended he made a similar call Sept. 21, ending that one by saying, Next time you’ll come up to my hotel room and we’ll make this happen."
I hear the Republican party is trying to remake its image in the wake of the catastrophe that was the McCain campaign and the train wreck that is Sarah Palin (and her now x son-in-law-to-be and his mother, who was charged with drug prodcution and posession about six months ago... so much for vetting the candidates).
I'm pretty sure their representative, Robert G. Kaufman, author of In Defense of the Bush Doctrine, admitting that the party owns FOX news (yes, perhaps metaphorically) and that their "host" being the poster boy for full on 18/20 on the analysis scale for psychopathology isn't helping.
All that is interesting and hilarious in a sadly ironic way but the question still remains: why is Bill O still on air???