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In 2004, a co-worker filed sexual harassment charges against Fox News star Bill O’Reilly, but Fox defended O’Reilly, who emerged unscathed and continued to rule the airwaves. Yet in April 2017, similar allegations ultimately dethroned the king of cable news. What changed? This brief video blends archival footage, contemporary interviews and engaging narration to explore how society’s outlook on sexual harassment has evolved and how social activist groups are engaging in new tactics in the pursuit of justice. getAbstract recommends this video to HR professionals monitoring harassment in the workplace and to anyone interested in social action or a good David and Goliath tale.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why sexual harassment charges against Fox News star Bill O’Reilly didn’t stick in 2004,
  • Why similar allegations cost O’Reilly his job in 2017 and
  • How society’s attitudes regarding sexual harassment have shifted in the interim.
 

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Tom Kludt is a media reporter for CNNMoney.

 

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In April 2017, Fox News fired television host Bill O’Reilly following allegations that the star had sexually harassed a number of female co-workers. Yet this was not the first time the news anchor faced such charges. In 2004, Fox producer Andrea Mackris accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment. Fox rigorously defended O’Reilly. The network attacked Mackris’s character and sanity, threatened her, and sued Mackris and her lawyer. The two sides eventually reached a settlement. Mackris received a hefty payout upon signing a nondisclosure agreement, and O’Reilly continued to rule the airwaves.


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    Yuriy Philippov 6 months ago
    Thanks for the article!
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    Aravind C 2 years ago
    Good summary for the video. Saw the video too and it explains well how and by what means large powerful organizations can be made to toe the line. By using people power to affect their bottom lines!