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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bill O'Reilly's doppelgänger

O'Reilly has been in the news a fair amount recently for his firing from Fox News. Yesterday an article about him in the NY Post featured this photograph:

With his wide, thin mouth, his hooded eyes, his slight grin, his backward-sloping forehead, and the prominent jowls coming down from his chin, he reminds me of a crocodile:

O'Reilly's teeth don't quite emerge from his closed mouth, but the effect is not dissimilar.

Regarding the sexual harassment suits which eventually brought him down: the issue is way overdone these days, and it's ridiculous that cracking a dirty joke in the presence of a female or looking at her the wrong way is now considered "harassment." That said, my guess -- and it's only a guess -- is that O'Reilly was guilty of implicitly making a job contingent upon providing him with sexual favors.

Having his own personal harem must have been fun while it lasted.


Baloo said...

I'm inclined to agree that he did it, but that's probably because I've never liked him or his attitude, so I'm prejudiced.

John Craig said...

Baloo --
I'm sort of basing my guess on the same thing; he comes across awfully entitled.

Mark Caplan said...

I haven't followed the sexual harassment charges against Bill O'Reilly, nor have I ever watched his show. However, I did see an article in The Washington Post's Style section stating, in effect, that The NY Times story that finally brought down O'Reilly was patently false.

The NY Times reported that O'Reilly retaliated against Wendy Walsh after she declined his sexual proposition. The Washington Post refuted that story, saying that Walsh continued to appear as a regular guest on O'Reilly's show for another four months, that O'Reilly repeatedly plugged her book on air, and that O'Reilly used his influence to gain Walsh a coveted spot on The View, where she was able to further promote her book.

Murdoch's two sons, who are gradually taking over from the old man, are reportedly Hillary Democrats. They wanted to get rid of Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly and were happy to seize on the sexual harassment charges to accomplish their goal. One son is a Harvard grad; the other, Princeton.

"O'Reilly's Side Swings Back"

John Craig said...

Mark --
Hmm, interesting. It doesn't surprise me that the NY Times would lie about the situation, or at the very least slant it to such an extent it amounts to a lie, as they usually do. But is he innocent? There seems to be an awful lot of smoke there, which usually indicates fire, and what else is he going to say about the five settled lawsuits other than that he settled them to spare his family the embarrassment -- which is what people usually say.

That's too bad about Murdoch's two sons. I guess pretty soon Fox will just be another CBS or NBC.

Anonymous said...

Bratmobile- I Love You, You Little Crocodile


Anonymous said...

If I were O'Reilly, I would kick back and enjoy my retirement years.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --
He's certainly got enough money to.