An amazing majority of Bill O’Reilly’s viewers nonetheless approve of the controversial Fox Information pundit regardless of a rising tide of sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him, in accordance with a HuffPost/YouGov survey performed over the weekend.
Barely greater than 85 % of People polled who typically or often watch “The O’Reilly Issue” say they’re conscious of the current controversy surrounding its host.
Earlier this month, a New York Times investigation revealed that 5 ladies who had accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate habits over the previous 15 years acquired a mixed $13 million to settle their claims. The alleged habits included verbal abuse, unwelcome sexual advances and calls by which O’Reilly could possibly be heard masturbating over the telephone.
Most “O’Reilly Issue” viewers are unfazed: 65 % approve of O’Reilly, in accordance with the HuffPost/YouGov survey. Simply 17 % say they assume his present needs to be canceled in mild of the controversy. Amongst Republican viewers, solely 9 % need to see the present canceled.
A person accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women now sits within the White Home, so maybe O’Reilly’s continued reputation isn’t too shocking. Amongst respondents who mentioned they watch “The O’Reilly Issue” typically or often, 60 % are males, 66 % lean or determine as Republican and 52 % voted for President Donald Trump.
The scores for O’Reilly’s primetime present have been sturdy all through the controversy, and his new ebook, Outdated College ― about “old style” values ― is at No. 1 on The New York Occasions best-seller listing.
Different issues have gone much less nicely for O’Reilly because the Occasions bombshell. Greater than 50 firms have pulled promoting from his present. Dr. Wendy Walsh, a former visitor on the present, accused him of retaliating in opposition to her after she turned down his sexual advances. Mum or dad firm 21st Century Fox has launched an inner investigation, performed by an outdoor legislation agency, into O’Reilly’s habits.
O’Reilly is at present on trip as Fox executives reportedly ponder his destiny. He’s scheduled to return subsequent week.
The 67-year-old earns a wage of $18 million a year and his present introduced in $178 million in promoting income in 2015, in accordance with one estimate. “The O’Reilly Issue” has been the most popular cable news show for years, with round three million viewers.
In different phrases, paying out just a few million to the ladies who say O’Reilly harassed them labored simply tremendous for Fox for greater than a decade.
However the accusations in opposition to O’Reilly’s produce other prices. Corporations ship a robust sign to their workers ― and the world ― once they proceed to defend males in opposition to a preponderance of sexual harassment costs: We don’t actually care the way you’re handled right here.
It’s much like what O’Reilly himself mentioned final 12 months when his boss, Roger Ailes, was going through a raft of harassment allegations.
“In case you don’t like what’s taking place within the office, go to human sources or go away,” he instructed viewers. After all, ladies are unlikely to go to the human sources division to complain concerning the CEO ― the person who runs the HR division.
Journalist Megyn Kelly deserted her perch at Fox partly due to these feedback from O’Reilly, The New York Times reported this weekend. She was instrumental in Ailes’ ouster and was preventing for ladies inside the corporate to come back ahead with their tales, however reportedly thought O’Reilly’s remarks would discourage them.
Ailes was in the end ousted, receiving a $40 million severance from Fox. Gretchen Carlson, the previous Fox host who accused him of harassment and sparked his elimination, acquired a reported $20 million.
The transfer was thought of a victory for ladies. However paying the accused harasser twice as a lot because the accuser sends a slightly less positive message.
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