May 202017
 

Disgraced Former Fox News Chief Has Died

Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign from his job last July due to sexual harassment allegations and a sexual harassment lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson, died at 77.

Roger Ailes is credited with helping to develop Fox News into a leading Republican news channel. Under his leadership Fox News established its authority among Republicans and became extremely profitable to Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

For his role as an asset to the company, the disgraced Ailes received a $40 million severance upon leaving. According to sources, Aisles’ affiliation with Fox News didn’t end with his resignation. He continued to serve as Rupert Murdoch’s informal adviser.

His professional accomplishments aside, Ailes will be remembered for creating exploitative work environment which fostered the likes of Bill O’Reilly. For years women working at Fox News were denied advancement opportunities, intimidated and sexually exploited. Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly may be among the best known Ailes’ accusers, but certainly not the only ones.

Roger Ailes who was a great broadcaster and a very successful man will be remembered also as a member of the “good old boys club” who – like President Trump – believed that fame and power ENTITLE him to sexual favors. It’s ironic that the very accomplished and powerful man was brought down by women he perceived as powerless.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

 

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Apr 202017
 
Bill O’Reilly Is Out!

Left to right: Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump watching the New York Yankees in 2013.
Photo: Reuters/Ray Stubblebine

 

Fox News Superstar Bill O’Reilly Toppled

 

Bill O’Reilly who has worked for Fox TV Channel for over 20 years has been fired! His immense popularity, the fact that “The O’Reilly Factor” has been the most popular cable news program for over 16 years, not even the incredible profitability of his show could withstand the mounting accusations of misconduct, including sexual harassment, brought by several of his female associates. Since 2004 Fox shelled out 13 million dollars in hush money to silence five women accusing O’Reilly of sexual misconduct, but with new accusations and lawsuits mounting, 21st Century Fox finally gave in to public pressure announcing that: “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” All three top executives at Fox: Murdoch, Rupert and Lachlan concurred.

The statement was released while the conservative commentator was vacationing in Italy, where he just met Pope Francis….

Changes in Fox’s lineup have been made – and are being made – accordingly. O’Reilly’s famous “The O’Reilly Factor” was renamed to reflect the change and moving forward the show will be called “The Factor”. O’Reilly will be replaced by Tucker Carlson this coming Monday.

One of the people who will miss “The O’Reilly Factor” is President Trump who – in spite of the many sexual accusations against O’Reilly – was not only his fan but a defender who said: “Bill didn’t do anything wrong.” (But then again, that’s the opinion of the President who was accused of making inappropriate and unwanted advances to women himself…..)

One wonders what inspired the 21st Century Fox decision to part with O’Reilly: the mounting public pressure, dramatic loss of advertising revenue (50 advertisers left “The O’Reilly Factor” in a hurry in the past few weeks!) or a recently found sense of morality. (O’Reilly is the second person to leave – or forced to leave – Fox due to sexual misconduct accusations. In 2016 the Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group, Roger Ailes was forced to resign under eerily similar circumstances…)

Regardless, it’s refreshing to see that 21st Century Fox is cleaning house and no longer supports morally repugnant behavior of male employees in a position of power toward their female associates. (The majority of Americans reject the concept of “the good ol’ boys club”. Abuse of power and sexual harassment shouldn’t be tolerated, leave alone concealed by employers. Workplace has to be safe for employees of both genders.) While conservatives may perceive the firing of Bill O’Reilly as a loss, the rest of America is relieved.

UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly denies any wrong-doing and walks away from Fox with a 25 million payoff….

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm

 

 

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Oct 202016
 

The Last Presidential Debate Of 2016

For the third and last time before the Presidential Election, the two presidential candidates took on issues and one another at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. (The debate was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.)

This time, both presidential candidates appeared composed. The tone of the debate itself was significantly more civil that the previous two. Each of the candidates revealed and elaborated on their respective visions for our Country’s future and debated their often contrasting views on such topics as guns, abortion, Russia, ISIS, Syria, taxes, national debt, and more.

As the election approaches it becomes clearer that one of the candidates plans a Country based on a strong, educated and prosperous middle class and the other on the wealthy few. One is progressive, sharp and yes: reasonable, while the other insists on turning back the clock and reversing progress. One understands the lessons of history and the other is eager to repeat its darkest moments. One knows the facts and the other is guessing.

Still, the most perplexing moment of the evening came when Donald Trump implied that he may not concede the election, if Hillary Clinton is elected. The American political system is the foundation of our Country. It brought the United States into existence and sustained it for 240 years. It’s shocking that a presidential contender would seek to question its integrity.

Civilized societies expand and evolve from their existing foundations. Is the process always smooth and error-free? No, but it’s always forward. Civilized societies don’t regress.

In her closing statement, Hillary Clinton asked for America’s vote. Donald Trump didn’t.

VOTE! This time, it isn’t about a candidate A or a Candidate B, but about our future. You get to choose:

  • the return to isolationism and walls separating countries; times when the many were exploited by a few (feudalism); when women were told how to live, when impending catastrophes (global warming will become one!) were ignored

OR

  • common sense, progress, peaceful coexistence, reasonable problem and conflict resolution, good education, greener energy and environmental preservation

In closing, no one asked the question so far, but it might be the right time to ask: what are the expectations of a savvy businessman who invested many millions of his own money in any venture, including a presidential run? Isn’t the primary expectation of a businessman making a profit on investment? What ROI does the Republican candidate expect and more importantly, WHO will have to produce it?……

There might be more to politics than running a successful business, after all. The “more” may very well be the responsibility for “the greatest good for the greatest number”.

BREAKING NEWS

Donald Trump will accept the outcome of the presidential election, if he wins…. (Duh…) This was obviously said by the candidate as a joke. On a more serious note, Trump rushed to state for the record that he will accept the outcome of the election but reserves the right to contest or challenge the election’s result in court.

Every American citizen – who can substantiate his or her claim – is entitled to use our court system in the pursuit of justice. There is nothing wrong when a person is seeking justice but plenty wrong when a person is questioning the American democracy using words wide open for interpretation (one of which could potentially include a coup).

Donald Trump moved for a swift damage control, first thing in the morning on the day (10/20/16) following the final presidential debate of 2016. His latest statement is an improvement over “I’ll keep you in suspense” statement Trump made during the debate.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

 

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