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The Tragedy of Bill O’Reilly

Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:04
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By Thomas Lifson  /

The original definition of tragedy, dating from the classical Greeks, depends upon a fatal flaw. That is why Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News qualifies as “tragic,” even though there are many collateral victims as well, starting with conservatives who are losing a gutsy interrogator unafraid of the stature or political correctness of his interview subjects.

As I read the complaints against O’Reilly, it sounds as if he was alleged to have been behaving like a character out Mad Men, the soap opera about a Madison Avenue ad agency in the 1960s. Bill seems to have been old school in his treatment of females in the workplace, commenting on their appearance, and treating them as almost non-persons, accused of “grunting” at them in place of actual individual focus and engagement.

I have no way to know if the allegations of sexual shakedowns are true or not, and he deserves to be considered innocent until proven guilty. But I can believe that he may have occasionally grunted at female subordinates and made comments on their appearance. These were considered acceptable boss behaviors in decades past. Somehow, Bill never got the message that times have changed, that women get angry over such treatment, and that vast legal and social pressure forces can be brought to bear for fun and immense profit by aggrieved females.

It’s not too hard to imagine why he never got the message. He has been for the entire life of the Fox News Channel its biggest star. Who was going to tell him to change his ways?

We on the right often make fun of clueless leftist Hollywood types who behave boorishly because nobody dares to tell them to shape up. The males among them are often in the presence of females who happily agree to play the game, offering favors of all sorts to alpha males that can do things for their careers. As Donald Trump told Billy Bush many years ago, they let you do all sorts of crass things.

So Bill O’Reilly’s stardom, his hubristic willingness to believe that he was above the norms enforced on others, became his fatal flaw. Aided an abetted by a corporate culture fostered by Roger Ailes that had serious blind spots.

With his millions of dollars, it is hard to see him as a victim, but his tragic fate ought – the disgrace of an abrupt, public firing, and unemployment (for a few brief moments at least) represent a fall from grace.

I actually hope that his serious Catholicism (he met with the pope as his fate was being decided) will help him through these difficult times, and will lead to personal and spiritual growth. He has never struck me as a man given to reflection over his personal behavior, but God has a way of making us consider those points of weakness in our characters. 

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  • Pink Slime

    I dumped Bill O’ Really a long time ago and I never even had phone sex with the guy. Could never understand his shallow reporting.

    For instance, he reported that the Negro must be legit because he had a birth announcement in the loco papers there and he did it with a smug look on his face.

    What he didn’t know at that time Hawaii allowed you to print birth announcements in the paper and that the procedures to do so was not very accurate or reliable. Lot of holes in another words.

    Bill O’ Really didn’t care to report that. So he is a PHONY that was finally outed. :twisted:

  • DangerWillRoberson

    no john rolls

    your way off target? bill is a predator of pink meat! he is a sex pervert like any sex pervert .. bill reaped what he sowed ! a tragedy is a cia contractor faking a hoax like sandy hook and sail! a complete work in fiction. much like your headline? pick and roll.

    there are many of these celebrities who think they can fuck with out conscious or legal actions? fuck bill he needs a group home with bubba’s in cell block A where he can receive his own behavior he did to young ladies by homo sexual to his butt hole!

    bill has always served Satan using his audance to promote dumb common paplum to a non deserning public who still watch CIA mind control!

    bill earned his fall and lets ask God to jail all his kind in the media ! So be it! :eek: :roll: :eek:

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