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BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Other Advertisers Are Pulling Their O’Reilly Factor Spots – Slate

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BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Other Advertisers Are Pulling Their O’Reilly Factor Spots – Slate Much has happened in the three days since the New York Times published revelations that Bill O’Reilly and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements to five women who accused the network star of harassment.

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On Monday, another Fox contributor filed a lawsuit alleging that she’d been victimized by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who she says was enabled and supported by current Co-President Bill Shine. Then, one of O’Reilly’s accusers, who never received and is not seeking a settlement, joined her lawyer in a call for a New York City or state investigation into patterns of sexual harassment, retaliation, and cover-up at Fox News.

By Tuesday morning, several O’Reilly Factor advertisers had announced that they were pulling their spots from the show. Mercedes Benz was the first: A spokeswoman told CNN Money that, “given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.” BMW and Hyundai soon followed suit. A spokesman for the latter said the company had no current ads running but was pulling upcoming ads “due to the recent and disturbing allegations.” “As a company we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity,” the statement read. Constant Contact and Ainsworth Pet Nutrition also announced that they would stop advertising on O’Reilly’s show.

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Fox News, officially known as the Fox News Channel, is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. As of February 2015, approximately 94,700,000 American households (81.4% of cable, satellite & telco customers) receive the Fox News Channel. The channel broadcasts primarily from studios at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York.

The channel was created by Australian-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who hired former Republican Party media consultant and CNBC executive Roger Ailes as its founding CEO. It launched on October 7, 1996, to 17 million cable subscribers. It grew during the late 1990s and 2000s to become a dominant cable news network in the United States. Rupert Murdoch is the current chairman and acting CEO of Fox News.

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Fox News Channel has been accused of biased reporting and promoting the Republican Party. Critics have cited the channel as detrimental to the integrity of news overall. Fox News Channel employees have responded that news reporting operates independently of its opinion and commentary programming, and have denied bias in news reporting. (Wikipedia).


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