Should Bill O'Reilly Resign From Fox News?

Let's look at his own words over the years about this particular subject. FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting O'Reilly on Sexual Harassment: I

Let's look at his own words over the years about this particular subject.

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O'Reilly on Sexual Harassment: In His Own Words

  • On public officials, their private lives and moral judgment (7/16/01):
    "There is a strong movement in America to remove any kind of value-based argument. We see this all the time.... Public officials have the right to lie about sex because it is no one's business what they do in private, even if sexual harassment suits are lodged against them, i.e., President Clinton, or even if a young girl disappears shortly after talking with a congressman she was intimate with. Hello, Gary Condit. Many Americans simply cannot or will not make judgments about behavior. And this is a tremendous change in our society. The danger here is that the absence of value-based judgments breaks down justice and discipline."
  • On Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky (8/7/01):
    "I was screaming this, nobody else really drove the nail. But under the federal guidelines, as you know, if you have more power than a subordinate and you both work in the federal system, it's sexual harassment for you to have even a consensual affair with that person."
  • When Ohio TV anchor Catherine Bosley resigned after photos of her participating in a wet t-shirt contest were posted on the internet, O'Reilly thought she should be let go (1/23/04):
    "Let's be realistic. Politicians, news people, clergy all have images, and all depend on the trust of the public to succeed. So we have a young woman here who -- anchoring the news, and her pictures are all over the Internet..... So it intrudes on her ability to communicate the news, does it not?"
    "The station has an obligation to put on people who are going to bolster their news image. This woman, in a community like that particularly, but in -- I think in any city in the USA, becomes a joke, and, therefore, the station becomes a joke, and you can't be a joke if you want to compete in the news area."

    "Are you aware that in every newscaster's contract, there's a moral clause that says, if you embarrass the station publicly in any way, they can let you go.... Once you go public and do something like that, although it's not illegal, it embarrasses your employer because your employer operates on credibility."

  • Discussing an Elle magazine survey about sex in the workplace (5/13/02):
    "I have to explain to the audience that there is no sex allowed at Fox on the job. We can't have sex here at Fox. But MSNBC apparently have lots of sex over there, which is why we beat them in the ratings. Because as we're working to give you programs, they're all having sex."

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    When one guest-- a human resources expert-- expressed skepticism about how widespread workplace sex could be, O'Reilly responded:

    "You know, I do know some people who do that. And here's why they do it. It's a sense of danger. And a lot of people like that danger element in sex. So they want to have sex and maybe they'll get caught. And that kind of heightens their -- whatever." READ ON

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