Bill O’Reilly has apologized for bringing in the death of the son of former Fox News anchor Eric Bolling while defending himself against charges of sexual harassment.
In general, making apologies for stating the truth about something or using a taboo word is not a good idea. That general rule does have exceptions. I would argue that this is one of them.
O’Reilly’s protestations of innocence are another story. It seems incredible that an innocent man would pay one of his accusers $32 million to go away. O’Reilly’s personality flaws were often on display on The Factor. He’s loud and aggressive. He enjoys wining arguments. He fancies himself a ladies man, as you could tell from his interactions with attractive women guests on The Factor.
It’s easy to picture O’Reilly acting like a jerk toward woman AND men.
More than likely, he aggressively flirted with the ladies, they flirted back, and things progressed from there. O’Reilly had the power to help a woman’s career and women admit to being attracted to power.
The left, including feminists, wanted to shut him up. That’s reason enough for the alt-right to ignore the demonizing of the man and give him some support.
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly apologized Monday evening to his one-time colleague Eric Bolling for evoking the death of Bolling’s son while slamming reports of the sexual harassment allegations O’Reilly faced at the network.
“Apologies to Eric Bolling and prayers for him and his family. The message I tried to send was that allegations harm kids. Nothing more,” O’Reilly tweeted to his 2.32 million followers.
The apology comes on the same day O’Reilly brought up Bolling during an interview with The New York Times after the paper reported the former “O’Reilly Factor” host had settled with legal analyst Lis Wiehl for $32 million after she accused him of sexual harassment.
“All of a sudden all this stuff happens and the pain it brings to my children is indescribable. Indescribable,” O’Reilly said to the newspaper. “I would give up my life to protect my children, but I find myself not being able to protect them because of things that are being said about me.”
O’Reilly added that the paper should consider the ramifications of their reporting and cited Bolling’s son’s death in September as an example.
“Eric Bolling’s son is dead, he’s dead because of allegations made in my opinion — and I know this to be true against Mr. Bolling,” O’Reilly said.
Both O’Reilly and Bolling were ousted from Fox this year amid sexual harassment allegations. O’Reilly was fired in April, and Bolling last month.
“I believe it is beyond inappropriate for anyone to bring in the tragic death of my son Eric Chase Bolling,” Bolling said in a statement Monday.
“Just as Bill O’Reilly had wanted to shield his children from the allegations against him, I hope he will honor my request and avoid any future mentions of my son. My parting from Fox News was in no way connected to the tragic news of my son’s passing,” he said.
Eric Chase Bolling was found dead at his Boulder, Colo., apartment one day after his father was let go from Fox. The 19-year-old was a student at the University of Colorado.
Comments at The Hill are negative toward O’Reilly, comparing him to Trump, referring to both of them as sleezebags. Funny how liberals always omit Bill Clinton from discussions of women’s sexual assault. Clinton paid off Paula Jones. Trump has paid off no one.