Thursday, 20 April 2017

Defending the Indefensible

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Fox News have decided to part company with their previously untouchable news anchorman Bill O'Reilly after series of damaging sexual harassment claims were settled out of court.

Until recently Donald Trump was defending his old friend and in this ITV report is quoted as saying "I don't think Bill did anything wrong."

Well with his track record, Trump would say that - wouldn't he?

 


http://www.itv.com/news/2017-04-06/donald-trump-defends-fox-news-host-bill-oreilly-after-sexual-harassment-claims/

Donald Trump defends Fox News host Bill O'Reilly after sexual harassment claims

Bill O'Reilly has reportedly paid out to several women making claims. Credit: AP

Donald Trump has defended Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly amid sexual harassment claims against the TV star.

His show, the O’Reilly Factor, is the number one programme on American cable news but the 67-year-old's future is in doubt after recent revelations.

The New York Times reported that five women have received payouts from either O’Reilly or Fox News totalling $13 million (£10.5m).

O'Reilly has denied the claims have any merit and Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, said it "takes matters of workplace behaviour very seriously".

But a series of sponsors have now pulled their advertising from the O’Reilly Factor, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

The US president is a longtime friend of the TV host, appearing regularly on his show and attending baseball games with him.

The US president is a longtime friend of the TV host. Credit: AP

In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, the president described O’Reilly as "a good person".

Mr Trump said: “Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled.

"Because you should have taken it all the way; I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.

“I think he’s a person I know well. He is a good person.”

Mr Trump himself has been the subject of claims of inappropriate behaviour, with several women coming forward during the presidential election campaign to claim he sexually assaulted them - claims the billionaire repeatedly denied.

And he was forced to apologise when a tape of him making lewd comments about women was leaked.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents one of the women who has gone public with her sexual harassment claims against O'Reilly, called Mr Trump's comments "disgusting."

"He's an overt misogynist, he has been his entire life, and how dare he defend Bill O'Reilly," she said.

Sexual Predator (10/10/16)

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"Grab them by the pussy" is locker-room banter according to Donald Trump, but it's not the kind of foul language or ugly mindset that you'd expect from a professional person never mind someone aspiring to become President of the United States.

So the race for the White House has been dragged into the world of sexual predators by the unguarded comments of the Republican nominee while his 'partner in crime', a TV presenter named Billy Bush, has been suspended by the NBC Today programme.

NBC has said there is "simply no excuse for Billy's behaviour and language on that tape", yet Trump carries on after issuing a perfunctory apology which completely ingores the fact that he was in a professional setting at the time and nowhere near a locker-room.

To their credit most of the Bush family have said they will not be voting for this buffoon and while Trump's poll ratings are taking a well-deserved hit, especially among women voters, I suspect there's much more to come in the days ahead.   

 


http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37605883

Billy Bush suspended by NBC after Trump tape emerges

BBC - Entertainment & Arts


Image copyright AP Image caption - Billy Bush has said that he is "very sorry" for the 2005 remarks

US TV host Billy Bush has been suspended from NBC's Today show after a video tape emerged in which he and Donald Trump made lewd comments.

Today executive Noah Oppenheim wrote in a memo to the morning show's staff that there is "simply no excuse for Billy's language and behaviour on that tape".

Mr Bush has said he was "embarrassed and ashamed" at the remarks.

US presidential candidate Mr Trump has also apologised for the obscene comments made in the 2005 tape.

In the video, Mr Trump was on a bus talking to Mr Bush - then host of NBC's Access Hollywood - ahead of a segment they were about to record.

Mr Trump says "you can do anything" to women "when you're a star" and also brags about trying to grope and kiss women.

Mr Bush tells Mr Trump at one point "the Donald has scored" and also comments on a woman's "good legs".


Image copyrightAPImage caption - Mr Trump has said the words "don't reflect" who he is

The presenter, who is the first cousin of former President George W Bush, has since said: "It's no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago - I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I'm very sorry."

Top Republicans have condemned Mr Trump for the comments. His election rival Hillary Clinton called them "horrific".

The Republican party nominee has said "these words don't reflect who I am... I apologise".

Bush joined the Today team in August, having been anchor of Access Hollywood since 2009 and co-host of Access Hollywood Live since 2010.

Mr Oppenheim said that there would be a "further review" of the matter and did not say how long Mr Bush would be suspended for.