One of the women accusing Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment (but not suing) is planning a press conference tomorrow in which she will demand an independent investigation into sexual harassment at Fox News.
Wendy Walsh is one of the women written up in yesterday's New York Times bombshell detailing multiple accusations of sexual harassment and abuse against Bill O’Reilly. But a key difference between Walsh and the others in the report is that Walsh is not asking for money.
That matters because O’Reilly’s defense is that he’s a shakedown target.
Today, on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Walsh’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, said the previous investigation, commissioned by Fox News' parent company, was, by definition, not independent. She also noted that two of the O’Reilly cases detailed by The Times were settled after CEO Roger Ailes’ departure because of his sexual harassment.
"This network is the Bill Cosby of corporate America," Bloom told host Brian Stelter. "How many women have to come forward?"
Bloom also said, “I don't expect [this] will be my last” case against Fox News.
Stelter noted that during the segment, former Fox host Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit alleging Ailes’ sexual harassment started the avalanche of revelations leading up to and following his departure, tweeted her gratitude:
See why O’Reilly’s troubles seem far from over below, from the April 2, 2017 Reliable Sources, via Raw Story.
I think it was on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning that said that Bill contract that was set to expire at the end of this year was just extended for an unannounced period of time.
My guess is that when he starts tomorrow night’s show, Bill will spend about 5 minutes talking about this with words that are carefully crafted by lawyers and PR crisis types, and he’ll never bring it up again and hope the story just fades away. We know it will on Fox.
As long as Bill continues to bring in millions in advertising revenues for Fox, Bill knows he has his protection shield. Perhaps the only way to see changes would be boycotting his sponsors that make a dent in the bottom line.
What needs to be investigated is to see if Fox News didn’t inform stockholders about these under the table settlements.
I do wonder how many times Bill succeeded in using his power with some. I think it’s doubtful he’s gone 0 for 5.