Right-wing reaction to Fox firing O’Reilly is hilarious
In the wake of Fox News Channel’s dismissal of superstar Bill O’Reilly in connection with his alleged sexual harassment of women, I went slumming in the right-wing blogosphere this morning to gauge the reaction among the political booboisie.
It was a creepy experience at first, but it gradually became quite entertaining.
There were more than a few comments about Bill Clinton’s scandalous womanizing back in the day, as if his sexual adventures were analogous to O’Reilly’s unwelcome advances on certain workmates. The comparison was bogus. Was not Clinton impeached? Did not right-wing Republicans lead the effort to oust him from office? Do the people who wanted Clinton pilloried for consensual sex with women to whom he wasn’t married now want no fuss at all over O’Reilly’s vulgar flirtations with women who resented them?
A lot of ultra-conservatives said the women who complained about O’Reilly’s sexual come-ons were just “bimbos” and gold-diggers who deserve nothing but scorn. Such hatred. These were Trump voters, no doubt.
The stupidest reactions to the O’Reilly affair were the widespread calls for right-wingers to boycott Fox News Channel altogether. Brilliant idea. Inflict financial harm on cable TV’s only reliably conservative voice just out of spite. Yeah, that’ll teach ’em.
Do any of these morons actually expect that the suits at Fox News will rescind their dismissal of O’Reilly and pretend that the whole episode never happened? Are these people completely insensitive to the feelings of women who work at Fox News and have a right to be treated with respect? Do they think that O’Reilly’s talents give him a right to fight against feminist political correctness in any manner he chooses?
I’ve always considered right-wing extremists as dimwitted, but the reaction to the O’Reilly scandal suggests that the situation is worse than I had suspected.