Mika Brzezinski: Trump's defense of O'Reilly 'disgusting'

Posted April 20, 2017

That news came out just days after a group of Black women filed racial discrimination lawsuits against the network as well.

Smith criticized President Donald Trump for defending Fox News host Bill O'Reilly from new allegations of sexual harassment. "I think she either advised him wrong, or she's absent, and she's not in it". "The advertisers are speaking and women are speaking and I think it's going to work out - but the president shouldn't have done that". Describing O'Reilly as a "good person" insults America's women. The Times reports complaints ranged from verbal abuse, inappropriate comments, romantic advances and "phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O'Reilly was masturbating".

Other companies who have pulled advertisements from the show include automobile manufacturers BMW and Mercedes-Benz, insurance company Allstate, and pharmaceutical maker Sanofi SA-which acquired Cambridge-based biotech firm Genzyme in 2011. Now it seems all there is to do is sit back and watch as the backlash builds and the number of companies refusing to advertise with O'Reilly ticks up.

The Times reported that Diamond had signed a confidentiality agreement that prevented her from speaking about her claims.

While two of the cases were previously known, the Times said it had unearthed three more cases of harassment, two of a sexual nature and one alleging verbally abusive behaviour by O'Reilly.

It's hard to believe he will lose his job when the president of the United States boasts about groping women and brags about serial adultery. The recorded remarks were released during the campaign, which Trump brushed off as "locker room talk".

That this happened while Roger Ailes was running Fox News is, unfortunately, not in the least surprising. Which means that she believes he needs to be locked up.

"I feel like President Trump is making our entire country a hostile environment for working women", asserted Lisa Bloom, attorney for Wendy Walsh, a former Fox News guest and one of O'Reilly's accusers. The women were paid "in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him", according to the Times. Diamond took to Twitter to express her disappointment in the president's comments.