The conservative world was stunned when popular Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly was fired from the network last month after allegations of sexual harassment emerged.
O’Reilly saw many of the advertisers for his program drop their sponsorship of the show after the allegations were released in a New York Times report, which led to his being dismissed after putting in 20 years at Fox.
He recently gave his first interview since the incident with friend and fellow conservative Glenn Beck, where he stated that what happened to him was a hit by liberal activists.
According to TheBlaze, During the interview on TheBlaze’s “The Glenn Beck Program,” O’Reilly said, “This was a hit.”
“In the weeks to come, we’re going to be able to explain some of it,” he said. “It has to do with destroying voices that the far left and the organized left-wing cabal doesn’t like.”
O’Reilly said “there’s going to be an exposition soon” on the groups that organized the efforts that led to his termination. He said the group “terrorizes” sponsors, “threatens people behinds the scenes” and “pays people to say things.”
“We’re going to name them and it’s going to be a big, big, story,” O’Reilly said, declining to offer specifics.
“It’s sad,” he said. “It’s sad for me. It’s sad for my family. It’s grossly dishonest. I did what I thought I had to do to protect my family, but those days are over. From now on when I’m attacked, I’m going to take action, mostly legal action.”
He offered no criticism of his former employer, saying that he had “20 good years at FNC.”
When Beck joked that he wanted to write a book called “Killing O’Reilly,” a reference to a series of books written by O’Reilly, the former Fox host replied, “yeah, well they did,” adding that he was referring to the protesters, not the company.
Asked what he would have told his viewers if given the opportunity to say goodbye to them, O’Reilly said he had a “strong bond” with his audience, and that he “trusts the audience’s instincts.”
Given the fact that a hit job was also seemingly taken out (unsuccessfully) against fellow Fox News alumni Sean Hannity, it wouldn’t be that surprising to find out liberal groups were behind this fiasco.
As of now, it’s the word of the accusers against O’Reilly’s own account of events, making it nigh to impossible to know for sure one way or the other.
Guess we’ll just have to wait until all the facts come out before we can draw any solid conclusions. Not that facts matter to the liberal media.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]