From Our Gastonia, NC Correspondent
The news this week of Bill O’Reilly’s unceremonious eviction from his Fox News post may have been mildly surprising for its precipitous nature, but the fact that it was going to happen was written on the wall when the first advertiser fled his show after the news of the sexual harassment settlements surfaced for the first time.
I’m going to make a lot of you angry with this, but I’m just going to say it: The women accusing O’Reilly of sexual harassment deserved it. They went to work in what they knew was a male-dominated environment for a man who sees himself as a powerful, invincible force in the media. They got to be on the inside of one of the biggest machines in the news business, and earned resume entries that will open doors for them for the rest of their careers.
Newsmen are notorious for their sexual misadventures. Since the early days of newspapers, men in newsrooms have been skirt chasers, lechers and leerers of the worst sort. Any woman going into a newsroom knows she’s in for more than her share of “Hey, baby” treatment.
Oh, wait. Did you think I meant the women deserved to be sexually harassed? I’m sorry, I may have conveyed the wrong message. What they deserved was every last dime of their settlements and then some. Just because a certain profession is known to be populated by sexual predators doesn’t mean that women who go into it deserve to be treated like chattel. O’Reilly and the rest of the butt-grabbing toads at Fox should be pilloried in the public square, and the women they victimized should be paid richly.
I’m going to bet that a percentage of you stopped reading after the second paragraph and went off to vent your rage on social media. Let this be a lesson to you. Read the entire document before you open your mouth (or your keyboard).