Advertisers are fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s show following reports of massive settlements with women who claim he harassed them. Over 50 sponsors have fled and a recent show had just seven advertisers and ended abruptly 15 minutes early, maybe because there were not enough ads to fill the time, though one would have thought that he would have been able to bloviate to fill that time since talking is what he does best.
As if Fox News couldn’t sink any lower, now comes information that the network paid as much as $13 million to settle lawsuits brought by women against Bill O’Reilly. The fact that they kept him on shows the kind of culture that is tolerated there. And now even more women are coming forward.
Stephen Colbert takes some sharp jabs at the announcement that Donald Trump has appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner to head an office that will, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, makes changes so that government runs like a business. He is going to staff the office with former business executives in order to achieve this goal to better serve us, the ‘customers’.
Bill Maher presents a problem for progressives. On the one hand, many of his stances are progressive and he does make biting and witty critiques of Donald Trump and the Republicans. He does have good writers on his show that makes him funny despite his annoying smug, smirking expression. On the other, there have been several occasions where one recoils at the things he says and I know that some of this blog’s readers refuse to click on any link that features segments from his show and I can understand why, even though I try to only post those that I think are worthwhile.