Perhaps you have heard: Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News. That is in no small part due to dogged reporting by the “failing” New York Times, which frankly, was just as damning for the television network and its parent company as it was for one of television’s top stars.
O’Reilly made his employer hundreds of millions of dollars over 20-plus years. He is a best-selling author and the highest-rated personality on cable news. The New York Times also showed that he had been accused by at least five women of sexual harassment and that allegations of his continued womanizing led to the departure of the network’s other big star, Megyn Kelly.
How important was he to Fox? The network paid $13 million to the women involved in hopes of keeping them silent. The Times reporting proved even more powerful than all that money. Failing, indeed.