Last week, the conservative media was shaken up beyond what many of us thought we would ever see. After 21 years as possibly the main primetime anchor on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly was fired from his signature show, The O’Reilly Factor, after The New York Times reported on April 1st of allegations of sexual harassment. Media Matters, the infamous George Soros-funded group whose purpose is to take out non-Leftist media personalities, led the effort to have advertisers flee O’Reilly’s show quickly.
Thus, in order to save face, Twenty First Century Fox Inc decided to cut ties with O’Reilly.
If these allegations against O’Reilly are true, then he deserved to be fired from Fox, and should deeply examine his behavioral conduct. That being said, this isn’t the first time that Fox has had this issue. Last year, for example, then-president Roger Ailes was accused of the same conduct and was let go as well. Now, seeing their success, the Left and Media Matters have decided to go after a new target at Fox, conservative media star Sean Hannity.
According to The Huffington Post, Hannity was accused of sexual harassment on Friday by former Fox News contributor Debbie Schlussel, claiming that Hannity had twice invited her to his hotel room after appearing together for one of his shows. Schlussel claimed that after rejecting him, Hannity never invited her back on his show.
Hannity rebutted these claims, saying that they were “100 percent false and a complete fabrication,” calling Schlussel a “serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade.” Hannity also threatened to sue her. Hannity also stated that these accusations were part of a coordinated effort to silence conservative voices.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that Hannity is onto something. Schlussel’s accusations were aired on the Pat Campbell show just a few days after O’Reilly was fired from Fox. Why would Schlussel only come out now after the O’Reilly incident? Furthermore, why did the allegations against O’Reilly only start after Ailes was fired?
This is because the Left sees blood in the water. They saw Fox succumb twice, without even feigning to defend their employees. The company folded like a cheap suit, firing its president who made the channel into what it is today, and firing its most popular host.
If this weakness continues, Fox will become just another cable news channel, indistinguishable from CNN and MSNBC, with no more credibility in the conservative world. They’ll lose the highest ratings they’ve had for years in a row. And they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.
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