US Rep. Maxine Waters: Bill O'Reilly 'needs to go to jail'

Apr 07, 2017, 01:55

At least 34 companies have said they're suspending advertising from the popular primetime show because of concerns about sexual harassment claims against Bill O'Reilly, as reported over the weekend by the New York Times. but most are moving the spots to Fox News' other programming, which means that the network still gets to keep most of the ad dollars.

Less than a week after declaring April Sexual Assault Awareness Month, President Donald Trump spoke out in support of conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly.

FILE - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is interviewed by Bill O'Reilly, during the Fox news talk show "The O'Reilly Factor", Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in NY.

O'Reilly and Fox News paid a total of $13 million in settlements, even though the combative commentator believes the accusations were without merit and said he made the payments to spare his family from bad publicity.

"He is a person I know well - he is a good person", Trump said in an interview with the New York Times, which broke the O'Reilly story over the weekend. O'Reilly has said nothing on the air, but has concentrated on attacking cities (and the state of California) offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.

The President's defense of O'Reilly came amidst an exodus of advertisers from "The O'Reilly Factor", which is the highest rated program on cable TV with four million viewers.

Zucker's history with Trump goes back more than a decade.

At the beginning of Tuesday night's "The O'Reilly Factor", host Bill O'Reilly spent his "Talking Points Memo" going over the details of reports that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of Trump transition team members who were caught up in raw intelligence. "Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled". Because you should have taken it all the way.

Trump himself was at the center for controversy on the campaign trail when the Washington Post unearthed a 2005 video in which he told "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush that "when you're a star.you can do anything", including kiss women without their consent or "grab them by the pussy". "Men like Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Ailes will never be stopped as long as their behavior is allowed to continue, even supported, by their employer". In fact, the relationship between Trump and Fox News has turned into something of a mutual appreciation society, where they heap praise on one another.

In a Tweet Saturday, the President referred to the "Gray Lady" as "the failing New York Times". Gotten me wrong for 2 solid years.

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