You can’t make this stuff up.
One sponsor after another abandons Fox’s Bill O’Reilly because of allegations of sexual harassment. Fox then announces it is abandoning its famous star of decades and he is out.
For the record? I have not only never been on O’Reilly’s show, I have never met the man. He is not a popular guy with colleagues, according to my sources.
But none of that should stop a serious look at the politically correct nature of the double standard that is sexual harassment.
Let’s be specific, shall we?
Here is this story on Hyundai and Bill O’Reilly per Mediaite. The headline:
Hyundai Dumps Bill O’Reilly as Advertiser Backlash Grows
The story links to this Buzzfeed story that quotes this official statement from Hyundai:
“We had upcoming advertising spots on the show but are reallocating them due to the recent and disturbing allegations,” the carmaker said in a statement. “As a company we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as we plan future advertising decisions.”
Got that? Hyundai says, “As a company we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity.”
Really? Really? Here’s a story Americans seem not to be seeing in the media about Hyundai — as headlined by Hyundai itself:
HYUNDAI IS EXPANDING ITS GOLF PRESENCE BY BECOMING THE OFFICIAL VEHICLE OF THE HUMANA CHALLENGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND VEHICLE PARTNER FOR THE FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN.
Hello? Hyundai is boasting of its “partnership with the Clinton Foundation”? As in Bill Clinton? The Bill Clinton as discussed here on NBC by Juanita Broaddrick?
“Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip.… He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me.… It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip.… When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”
So. Say again. Hyundai is boasting of a partnership with a foundation run by a man accused in specific, excruciating detail — of rape.
So too another double standard on sexual harassment and worse with another suddenly ex-O’Reilly sponsor — AllState Insurance. Take a gander at this mindboggling statement on AllState’s alliance with Juanita Broaddrick’s attacker — from the Clinton Foundation itself. Here is the incredible headline:
COMMITMENT TO ACTION
The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program
Commitment by Allstate Foundation
And out pours this statement — without the slightest hint of irony:
In 2010, the Allstate Foundation committed to developing a domestic violence program that draws upon the same knowledge and resources the company uses to help customers understand and manage their own finances, thereby helping domestic violence survivors build financial capacity and break the cycle of violence. The centerpiece of the program is the Moving Ahead through Financial Management curriculum, a comprehensive financial education package specifically designed to provide easily accessible information to women planning to leave, or who have left, an abusive relationship.”
Can you believe this? There is one of America’s biggest insurance companies “developing a domestic violence program” with the head of a foundation who is specifically and in detail accused of — not to be repetitious — of sexual violence.
“Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip … He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen but he wouldn’t listen to me.… It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip.… When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”
Then there’s Mitsubishi. Says Mitsubishi on Bill O’Reilly:
Mitsubishi Motors takes these allegations very seriously and we have decided that we will pull our advertising at the present time. We will continue to monitor this situation as we assess our long-term strategy.
But when it comes to Bill Clinton? Here is this from Mitsubishi itself:
MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE CLINTON CLIMATE INITIATIVE
This release from Mitsubishi read, in part:
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the popularisation of electric vehicles (EV) with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation. The move signifies MMC’s commitment to “Leading the EV era, towards a sustainable future” as laid out in its “Mitsubishi Group Environmental Vision 2020,” MMC’s environmental policy, part of which is to proactively collaborate with various partners in creating a pleasing and low-carbon society.
All of this Grand Canyon-style double standard is apparent even before one sees the hypocrisy — to pick at random — from a company like T. Rowe Price. Price is listed — as here from Buzzfeed — on a list of ex-O’Reilly sponsors. Yet a check of the Federal Elections Committee reveals that Price is a contributor to the Investment Company Institute Political Action Committee — which in turn lists contributions like the following to:
That’s right. With accusations well out there by Juanita Broaddrick that Hillary Clinton had been actively aiding in protecting her husband from both the serious accusations of a rape victim not to mention the accusations of multiples of other women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment — there was T. Rowe Price contributing to a fund contributing to the political fortunes of Hillary Clinton. That would be the very same Hillary Clinton of whom three of Bill Clinton’s female accusers said they were “terrified”.
There is doubtless more in this cesspool. Some of it surfaced enough to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
Again. I never met Bill O’Reilly and was never on his TV show. But if the O’Reilly accusers and supporters of those accusers want to have credibility — then the demand to de-sponsor and defund the Clinton Foundation should begin now.
Or otherwise, just maybe sexual harassment isn’t as important as these sponsors and others say.