Award-winning novelist Roger L. Simon reckons that Rupert Murdoch should sue his sons, James and Lachlan, for trying to either destroy or drastically reform Fox News, “which in the final analysis comes to the same thing.”
The real target in the defenestration of Bill was not O’Reilly himself but very obviously Donald Trump. He’s the Big Kahuna the obscenely named “Resistance” (hey, you idiots, that was about Auschwitz, not tax reform) is after and Bill was only a stop along the way. Indeed, several of Bill’s accusers, represented by the daughter of Gloria Allred, appear to be people who find Trump particularly loathsome. And the original story was broken by the New York Times, the literary capital of the “Resistance.”
The timing of the attacks on O’Reilly — who everyone knew for years was not a saint, sort of like Bill Clinton and half the stars in Hollywood we hear pontificating on a daily basis — is also far from coincidental. O’Reilly, although he pretended to even-handedness (no journalist is), was one of Trump’s most staunch defenders in the media, arguably his most powerful one. For the “Resistance,” he had to go.
If I were Fox talent right now, I’d be very nervous and especially careful about saying anything too positive about Trump. I’d remember to add a few negatives, maybe more than a few, to undercut any approving statements about the president or his policies, just like they do it on CNN. The Murdoch boys will be watching. Like characters in a Greek tragedy, the brothers have taken over and are maneuvering their aged father off stage. And Fox News is the big loser in this drama.