Former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly has been speaking out more and more about his firing from the network after allegations of sexual harassment hit the airwaves, with the host now saying he regrets not fighting back against the charges more aggressively.
In a recent interview, O’Reilly gave props to fellow Fox alumnus Sean Hannity, who was also accused of inappropriate behavior, but fought back hard against his accuser and how he also took on liberals who were trying to force him out for his coverage of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich.
The Hill is reporting, “Hannity actually fought back,” O’Reilly told Newsmax host John Bachman. “I didn’t. I should have. For reasons that I cannot explain now, I did not.”
O’Reilly was ousted from Fox News on April 19 amid sexual harassment claims.
Fellow conservative Hannity was under fire recently for covering a conspiracy theory about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, leading the left-wing Media Matters to publish a list of his advertisers on its Twitter feed. A few advertisers bailed on the program, including military services firm USAA.
But a public outcry followed. Hannity pushed back publicly against what he called “liberal fascism” and forced USAA to reverse its decision and reinstate ads to the program.
“We heard concerns from many members who watch and listen to these programs,” USAA spokesman Roger Wildermuth told The Washington Times. “Our goal in advertising has always been to reach members of the military community who would benefit from USAA’s well-known commitment to service. Today, the lines between news and editorial are increasingly blurred.”
“Hannity knows they’re looking to get him, but I admire Sean and how he handled the situation,” said O’Reilly, who now hosts a podcast on BillOReilly.com called “No Spin News” Monday through Thursday.
“He brought it directly to the folks, and the sponsors stopped. He lost a few, but they stopped so he was successful in fighting off the attack, but there will be more,” O’Reilly predicted.
It seems pretty clear that liberals are out to silence conservative voices, particularly those that were favorable to Trump during the 2016 election.
The same group of folks that claim to be all about “tolerance” seem to struggle with putting such a principle into practice when encountering folks different from themselves.
Conservatives in the media are going to have to be prepared to defend their character at every twist and turn in the road now, which also means keeping a close eye on conduct and public perception as a means of getting out ahead of anything progressives might throw their direction.
Sad it’s come to that, but that’s reality.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]