A procession of shattered careers

As Trump celebrated the firing — and simultaneously attempted to pivot the conversation to “fake news” — critics pointed out on Twitter his hypocrisy and Trump’s own accusers awaited justice on at least 12 separate accusations against the president.


PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff — who has accused Trump of attacking her in 2005 by pushing her up against a wall at Mar-a-Lago and shoving his tongue down her throat — tells PEOPLE in an email: “It doesn’t surprise me at all that Mr. Trump would criticize someone else’s inappropriate sexual behavior and not address his own.”


“From what I understand, people who are delusional and narcissistic lack self-awareness and have a need to lash out,” she added.


Another one of the accusers, Melinda McGillivray, 38, tells PEOPLE of Trump’s response to Lauer’s ousting: “Donald is a complete hypocrite; he has the audacity to talk smack about other people when he’s the culprit himself.”


Donald Trump’s Sexual Assault Accusers Demand Justice
in the #MeToo Era: ‘We Were Forgotten’

People Politics



A procession of shattered careers
follows predators judged by their peers,
but when credible cries
against BLOTUS arise,
his supporters just cover their ears.

Mary Boren, 11/30/17


To be clear (2-link limerick chain)

“That business has become more responsive to public outcry than elected officials isn’t anything to celebrate, but it is an opportunity for activists.”


Sadly it was money – not morals – that forced Fox to boot Bill O’Reilly
Lucia Graves, The Guardian


“We know whose back you have [Mr. President] and it’s not our half of the population’s. But hey, thanks for proclaiming April as National Sexual Assault Prevention Month. It helps draw attention to the widespread phenomenon of sex abuses in our cities, villages, schools, work places and homes.”


We know whose back you have, Mr. President: Not ours
Rehka Basu, The Des Moines Register



To be clear, so there’s no more confusion,
Fox’s settlements smack of collusion
but when sponsors pull out
and the star’s lost his clout,
then O’Reilly-dom spins to conclusion.

As O’Reilly-dom spins to conclusion,
will the POTUS promote his illusion
that “Bill’s a good guy
and both he and I
are just victims of women’s delusions.”

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode


A misogynist racist named Bill

“Bill O’Reilly’s forced exit from Fox News is netting him a payout of up to $25 million, two sources with knowledge confirmed to NBC News.”


While O’Reilly was a star of the network, bringing in about 3.9 million viewers a night in recent months, Sherman said the accusations became too much — and even 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch could no longer justify keeping him on.


Bill O’Reilly Severance: Fox News Host to Get $25 Million



A misogynist racist named Bill
Rose to fame with his arrogant swill.
But then Fox pulled the plug
On the lecherous thug,
With a severance of twenty-five mil.

© 2017 Lily Beth Baker


Ode to the Odious O’Reilly

“More than 50 advertisers had abandoned his show, and women’s rights groups had called for him to be fired. Inside the company, women expressed outrage and questioned whether top executives were serious about maintaining a culture based on ‘trust and respect,’ as they had promised last summer when another sexual harassment scandal led to the ouster of Roger E. Ailes as chairman of Fox News.”


Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News
The New York Times



I’d like to say we’ll miss you, Bill
But, truth be told, we never will
The way you paw the women-folk
Suggests you’re one repulsive bloke
(Though Donald Trump may think that’s cool
His moral sense is miniscule)
Farewell, O haughty baritone
TV is now a “no-Bill zone!”

© 2017 Dan Letwin


He’s wolfish and wicked and wily.

“The governing irony, of course, is that in the world according to O’Reilly and other cultural scolds, everyone else is wrong and they alone are the uncorrupted. Their spin is no-spin; their truth is the Truth. They promise their followers: Do as I say (but not as I do), and America will be its own best self again, whatever you perceive that to be. Moral certainty is their armor, and it allows them at times to be immorally cruel. It takes a very smug kind of meanness to watch Representative Maxine Waters speak passionately on race in the Trump era and only be able to crack a joke, as O’Reilly recently did, about her ‘James Brown wig.’ A very white kind of meanness, too.”


The O’Reilly factor that mattered? Hypocrisy.
Ty Burr, Commentary, The Boston Globe


Graphic by Rafael Barker


He’s wolfish and wicked and wily.
He treats women rudely and vilely.
He’s up to no good,
And we wish that he would
Go down like his pal Bill O’Reilly.

© 2017 Colleen Anderson


Our “prez” thinks assault is a sport

“There’s at least one person who’s defending O’Reilly, calling him “a good person” and even declaring “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”


That person is the President of the United States. Oh yeah, this is the same President who just proclaimed that this is sexual assault awareness month and touted the need to “protect vulnerable groups.” He does this by defending a powerful man repeatedly accused of sexual harassment? Talk about raising awareness.”


Of course Trump defended O’Reilly
Mel Robbins, Opinion, CNN



Our “prez” thinks assault is a sport
With women he loves to cavort
He brags of his grab
Or makes fun of their flab
In O’Reilly he’s found a cohort.

© 2017 Bettijane Burger


Distract, Retract, Distract


“O’Reilly is a skilled media tactician and knows how to shift mass media attention and therefore our conversations in exactly the direction of his choice.


In Congresswoman Waters’ remarks during what is known as the CBC’s “Special Order Hour,” with back-to-back speeches on select topics, Congresswoman Waters breaks down this administration destructiveness in name and in number like only Congresswoman Waters can.”


The Words From Rep. Maxine Waters That Bill O’Reilly Didn’t Want You To Hear
Ayofemi Kirby, Opinion, The Huffington Post





With the media riled by O’Reilly
they were played when he ever so slyly
drew attention away
from her speech of the day
by dismissing Ms. Waters entirely.

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode