Mark Levin- conservative radio host and commentator, acknowledged his sheer disdain for the ex-top-rated entertainer of cable news – Bill O’Reilly, after he got fired because of accusations of sexual harassment, which was proclaimed on Wednesday.
“As those of you who are long time listeners to this program know, I was no fan of Bill O’Reilly. In fact … we despised each other,” Levin said.
“One of the reasons is because of this conduct in the past,” he added, referring to the sexual harassment history accusations against O’Reilly.
Levin considers that some of the accusations against O’Reilly may have been pointless, others were clearly not.
“Let me be quite clear about this as an attorney. There are allegations and then there are allegations. Some are more meritorious than others,” Levin said. “When people have actual tape recordings of you and you cut a deal, in part, to get the tape recordings back, that’s pretty bad. If somebody says you looked funny at them while they were sitting outside your office for several years, that’s pretty preposterous.”
Levin placed some of the responsibility concerning the persistent controversy surrounding O’Reilly on Fox News for the.
Saying “There’s enough there, a pattern with the guy that it’s quite obvious he has some issues.” “Now the point is, Fox News Channel, knowing at least most of this, re-upped him for $15 million to $20 million a year.”
Whereas not excusing O’Reilly behavior, Levin believes that members of the left made O’Reilly the target of coordinated efforts, because was much easier than pursuing allegations against their own.
“He became a target of the New York Times all of a sudden. He became a target of CNN. Media Matters went to work. Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine went to work,” Levin prefaced.
“I’m certainly not going to defend Bill O’Reilly, but I will say this: The left works as a cabal,” Levin said. “They target people and they try to take them out. Not just somebody like O’Reilly, but they try to target good people sometimes and take them out.”
Levin stated that history confirms his point.
“I hearken back to the Bill Clinton years,” he said. “The New York Times, CNN, all the rest of them, were very dismissive of the allegations against Bill Clinton, including an allegation by Juanita Broaddrick of rape. I don’t think O’Reilly’s been accused of rape, has he?”
Although agreeing to settle with some of the women who accused him of sexual harassing them in the past, O’Reilly has categorically dismissed the allegations and released a statement Wednesday after Fox announced the termination of his contract.
“It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today,” O’Reilly said.
The Fox News one of the original personalities O’Reilly, said he is satisfied with his accomplished at the network.
“I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel,” O’Reil.
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