Why Bill O'Reily Being Asked to Leave Fox News Matters

Bill O’Reilly’s reign as the top-rated host in cable news came to an abrupt and embarrassing end on Wednesday as Fox News forced him out after the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him and an internal investigation that turned up even more.

Mr. O’Reilly and his employers came under intense pressure after an article by The New York Times on April 1 revealed how Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, had repeatedly stood by him even as he and the company reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement.

- Extracts quoted from Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News (The New York Times)

Why is the case of Bill O'Reilly being celebrated? Why does it matter? What is important about this?
The text of what I tweeted and strongly believe in relation to this case and the overall issue of workplace sexual harassment is below. The tweets responded to the below tweet from BrooklynDad_Defiant!

"#Resist! An imp victory for people especially women who stand up & fight sexual harassment despite all the negativity they face as a result. This matters - it matters because those women like others were ridiculed, harassed, and belittled for daring to tell their stories and fight. It matters because we ask women to stand up against sexual harassment, abuse, etc then don't believe them and punish them when they do. This victory can and must empower more people to speak out and fight back - so we can change the system. Change it from one that protects Perpetrators to one that protects victims. One that hears them and gives them justice. A system that does the RIGHT THING for PEOPLE because - I seem to come back to this all the time - it is still a radical notion that women are people who are marginalized by the patriarchy"




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