This Was A Hit Job

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2017

Bill O'Reilly maintained his innocence against the multiple sexual harassment claims that led to him losing his job as Fox News' most popular and lucrative show host, describing himself as the victim of a "financial hit job".

O'Reilly told Lauer that his firing "was a hit job, a political and financial hit job".

For his part, Lauer repeatedly prodded O'Reilly to address the sexual harassment claims, asking if he sent lewd messages to fellow Fox employees, or had a human resources case brought against him, both of which O'Reilly denied.

He said "a lot of business things were in play" when he was sacked, for which he said he was never given a direct reason but blamed on "organized boycotts" by left-wing organizations. The previous evening, he joined Sean Hannity on the latter's Fox program-itself something of an even-more unhinged spiritual successor to O'Reilly's original show. Every allegation in this area is a conviction.

While the appearance was meant to promote O'Reilly's new book "Killing England", Lauer spent most of the discussion on the circumstances surrounding O'Reilly's firing. I worked with 12 companies.

"I can go to sleep at night very well knowing that I never mistreated anyone on my watch in 42 years", he said.

"I don't know because I'm not privy to what Fox News did", he explained.

When asked why he didn't counter-sue his accusers if he's innocent, O'Reilly replied that those type of lawsuits are impossible to win as a public figure. "After [former Fox News Chairman] Roger Ailes went down, there was a flood of lawsuits - a flood - with dozens of people named. You don't have this story, Lauer, correct".

O'Reilly refuted this theory, claiming there were a "lot of other business things in play at that time and still today that 21st Century was involved with, and it was a business decision that they made". It was as simple as that. "And it was a business decision that they made. And the sponsored boycott unsettled some people at Fox News", O'Reilly said. "Every allegation in this area is a conviction - they don't look for the truth".

Just as Lauer ended his interview witch Clinton a week before, he asked O'Reilly if there were any self-inflicted wounds that contributed to his dismissal.

"Don't be sarcastic", O'Reilly show back.

"It wasn't vast", O'Reilly said. We're gonna be able to prove what we say. Casting doubt on Burgess's accusation doesn't really counter the notion that Fox News knew O'Reilly was a serial harasser and made a decision to remove him when sponsors found out and boycotted.

"My conscience is clear".

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