Protesters Call on Fox News to Fire Bill O’Reilly

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A small group of protesters gathered outside Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday to demand that the network to fire its star anchor because of sexual harassment allegations.

The group, which amounted to few than 100 people, chanted “Fire Him” and “Fire Bill O’Reilly” and heard from speakers who testified to personal experience with sexual harassment and assault.

O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ top-rated “The O’Reilly Factor,” has denied the merits of the allegations but acknowledged that he entered into settlements with five women over the years to protect his family. Fox News is in the midst of an investigation of a harassment claim made by former “O’Reilly Factor” contributor Wendy Walsh. O’Reilly has been on vacation since April 12. He’s scheduled to return to his show on Monday, although it is understood that O’Reilly’s fate at the network is the subject of debate among 21st Century Fox leaders James Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch and their father, Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch.

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Tuesday’s protest was organized by the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet. Some in the group held signs representing the National Organization for Women and civil rights org Color of Change.

Joanna Oltman Smith, a community activist from Brooklyn, held a homemade sign with a mirror attached and the message “You are beautiful. You deserve respect.”

“I have personal experience with harassment early in my career,” she said. “I would like to spare other young women from having to go through what I went through.”

Carol Barash, the founder and head of New York City-based digital firm Story2 and a member of UltraViolet, said that O’Reilly’s status as a public figure made it that much more important for a public outcry.

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“This is bigger than women, this is bigger than gender,” Barash said. “This is about fundamental human rights for all people in the workplace.” She voted that orgs like UltraViolet “will keep demanding change until there is change.”

Barry Solow, a retired computer executive from New York City, held a sign with O’Reilly’s picture and the warning: “Danger. Sexual predator works here.” Solow said he was motivated to join the protest to demonstrate that women are not the only ones outraged by the allegations against O’Reilly. “I’m here to help assert that manhood is not assaulting or harassing women,” he said. “It’s reprehensible no matter who does it or where it happens. Consequences must be paid.”

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  1. B. says:

    I am a woman and would not wait twenty years to voice my complaints. I don,t believe this is anything more than the left trying to make Bill disappear and get a share of viewers. As Americans who want to know the truth we should stand by Bill and Miss Bloom stating she will take these claims and not charge the client anything, most Americans are smart enough to know she doesn’t,t charge fees for cases like this but collects if there is a settlement! The left media should not be allowed to silence America! Never would we allow an honest view to be silenced! To play this game with our country is a very dangerous ambition. Who will the left go after next?? Let Bill talk to his viewers and explain what is happening. As only one woman, I am tired of women being so weak and hiding behind their skirts! You wanted women,s Lib, live with it! stop using your sex to bitch about men! Grow up! Go buy a pantsuit, chop off your pretty hair, throw away your lipstick, and I doubt any man will look at you as a beautiful young woman! That is not what women really want! We love to know the opposite sex finds us pretty and if it done with class and jest, enjoy that someone even noticed you. Let us not be stupid, women DO use their good looks and good personality to move up the corporate ladder!

  2. Dave J says:

    I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it again. As long as Bill O’Reilly continues to have great ratings, then he does not need to step down from his show. More and more viewers need to stop tuning in before Fox news stop airing his dumb show.

  3. Jim LaForte says:

    Variety is blatantly Liberal, so there is no “news” here…

  4. Jim LaForte says:

    “Early in my career I was sexually harrassed, you know, before I became an angry lesbian with a political agenda.”

  5. whatever says:

    This nothing but white feminism at work and they use us black females as mules. Can’t wait for the death of white feminism.

  6. Lou Ferrao says:

    The NOW organization is a total farce! Where were they when Slick willy harassed all of the woman that are known? This organization is no different than CNN. Total garbage.

    • Dave J says:

      And your evidence that ugly Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky or Paula jones never enjoyed it, then you will always condone sexual harassment in the workplace as long as Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly have tolos like you advocating for them.

    • Dave J says:

      You are moron. If you mean Bill Clinton, they were not called sexual harassment allegations until the ppl from the right told them it is, you tool.

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