Sadly it was money – not morals – that forced Fox to boot Bill O’Reilly | Lucia Graves

In an era where politicians are unresponsive to citizens’ demands, Americans can still score wins against corporate America through boycotts. It would be less accurate to say that Bill O’Reilly’s career ended amid allegations of sexual harassment than to say it ended amid an advertising boycott. The network has been aware of his behavior since at least 2004. That he’s only leaving now is not a testament to the Fox News Network’s newly found conscience. It happened because millions of Americans decided it wasn’t OK. Even after the New York Times reported O’Reilly had paid $13m in settlements to five different women, the network re-upped his $18m annual contract anyway. But corporate America had its eyes on Twitter and its hand on its wallet. By the time O’Reilly resigned, no fewer than 80 companies had pulled ads from the network under pressure from consumers, according to the watchdog group Media Matters. Continue reading…


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