Using both old and new activist techniques progressive organizations knocked off a right-wing media titan.
During his long career in television Bill O’Reilly has been the quintessential survivor.
In large measure this was because his high ratings (and the revenues they brought in) made him invaluable to his employers at the Fox News Channel.‘He’s a jerk. Nobody likes him’ O’Reilly’s former boss Roger Ailes is purported to have said when he was informed of an alleged instance of his star anchor’s boorish behavior.‘But what am I going to do? I don’t like him but he makes so much money there’s nothing I can do’.
Ailes’ departure last summer under the cloud of sexual harassment and blackmail allegations certainly played a role in O’Reilly’s Wednesday ouster from Fox News.
With Ailes gone O’Reilly had lost his most important protector and defender.
But even Ailes wasn’t above getting rid of his stars if they proved too troublesome – as Glenn Beck discovered in 2011.