O'Reilly In Trouble
Bill O'Reilly may have blown it. He got himself sued (careful, VERY graphic & nasty stuff) for sexual harassment. The woman claims he kept trying to have phone sex with her, tried to encourage her to have sex, etc. But most interesting is her allegation that some of the conversations were taped.
Here's his rather tepid response in the Talking Points Memo last night. What bugs me is his failure to deny the facts alleged. Yes, perhaps the woman may fail at proving that the harassment meets the legal standard, because it wasn't serious enough to prevent her from returning back to Fox, and O'Reilly in particular (got to prove that it made the workplace bad, rather than the kind of place you would want to return to), but the facts alleged in the lawsuit, if true, are a big deal even if O'Reilly "wins".
The guy is pushing his book for kids, and while his first book, 'The O'Reilly Factor" indicates that he has a more loose standard of morals than most most would think, these allegations are the kinds of things that will sink his sales. Forgetting even that, the complaint alleges breathtaking infidelity to his wife and children and the obscene behavior that can in just a moment dissolve the national respect he has worked decades to build.
O'Reilly makes the point that he is honest to a fault (although pure transparency would mean that Mrs. O'Reilly was aware of the alleged background dalliances about which he boasted). Might this be why he didn't deny the allegations? Being true to the no-spin-zone, is O'Reilly sticking to the truth by failing to deny? I hate to admit it, because I do respect the man's work, but it sure seems like he's admitting the facts alleged.
Ultimately, it will come down to the tapes. If they exist, Fox and O'Reilly have decisions to make. If not, the Factor Man may get his acquittal. Just not an exoneration. And then there's Mrs. O'Reilly...