If only Bill O’Reilly had changed his last name to “Clinton,” those in the media would be quick to push the blame onto those accusing Bill of sexual harassment.
As you may remember, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Paula Jones all came forward with sexual assault accusations against Bill Clinton. Broadderick claims to have been raped in her hotel room in the late 1970s, Willey claims to have been groped by Bill in 1993, and Jones claims to have been propositioned by Bill in a hotel room in 1991, who then exposed himself to her. Donald Trump brought the three to the second presidential debate against Hillary Clinton.
While the three are not defending Bill O’Reilly against the accusations against him, but merely pointing out the hypocrisy on how the media reported on the respective cases.
In an interview with Breitbart:
[Wiley said] “Though I should not be surprised, I am still astounded by the hypocrisy of the members of the Democratic Party and media. While the revelations of the many scandals of Bill Clinton’s administration are stunning to this day, the left continues to ignore his many, many crimes such as rape, sexual harassment, and lying under oath. They have swept his transgressions and crimes under the rug for many years, only to refer to him as a “randy boy.” There’s nothing “randy” about him. He is a predator and a pervert.
The charges against Bill O’Reilly are serious, but where has he been heard regarding these accusations? He has been judged, tried, and convicted by the Murdoch team. We will never know if these accusations are true or false. The least the powers that be at Fox could have done was to give him a forum on which to respond and say good-bye to his many fans. He helped build Fox News from the ground up. In the meantime, the MSM and the liberals continue to overlook Bill and Hillary’s ongoing lies and cover-ups.”
Jones, meanwhile, criticized ABC’s The View for hypocrisy for featuring a friendly interview with one of O’Reilly’s accusers last week, while dismissing the accusations of her, Broaddrick, and Willey entirely:
“Those insane women on The View have the nerve to actually show their feelings on this issue and not see the same resemblance only worse about their man, Bill Clinton! I can’t say that any of this is true with Bill O’Reilly and none of them can say it either! I’ve not heard that Bill O’Reilly ever raped a lady or showed his tiny peeper to a lady either, like Bill Clinton has. Yet they want to crucify Bill O’Reilly, and think that Bill Clinton has actually paid the consequences.”
Joy Behar claimed the accusers were “tramps,” a comment she later apologized for.
Lastly, Broaddrick commented, “I have no idea whether the accusations against Bill O’Reilly are true or not, but I would like to ask, where in the world were all these people when Bill Clinton’s victims came forward with more serious accusations? Why is Bill Clinton given a pass over the other Bills? I would truly like to know because I will never understand it.”
If the accusations against O’Reilly are indeed true, he got what he deserved — but that’s not the point here. The point is that there’s little overlap between those expressing outrage and disgust over the accusations directed at O’Reilly, and those with the same sentiments regarding the accusations against Bill Clinton.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]