IN 2004, while married to Maureen McPhilmy, Bill O’Reilly settled an embarrassing sexual harassment suit with Andrea Mackris, which revealed lurid details about O’Reilly’s off-camera persona that included things that make Fifty Shades of Gray look like Shakespeare. On Monday, Gawker dropped a bombshell included in Bill O’Reilly’s divorce, that his daughter allegedly saw him drag her mother down the stairs, choking her.
It was one thing that Fox News head Roger Ailes remained silent during the recent revelations of O’Reilly’s self-serving biographical stretching. It’s unacceptable that they remain mute and do nothing about the latest allegations, which now include leaked transcripts that put little doubt something very serious happened inside the O’Reilly household and that domestic violence and O’Reilly’s rage put the safety of his wife in jeopardy.
This clearly describes domestic abuse, to which O’Reilly responded by giving a statement to Politico.
“All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false. I am going to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect my children and will not comment any further.” – Bill O’Reilly, Fox News Channel
While Brian Williams, then George Stephanopoulos, rightly received criticism for their ethical malfeasance, Bill O’Reilly proves to be a villain who never has to answer for anything. He’s too big to be held responsible, even though he makes a living holding everyone else to a different standard, particularly enjoying criticisms of the “collapse of the African-American family,” while holding himself up as a paragon of parenting, spousal and human virtue.
This is all stirring now, because what was obviously a vicious divorce and custody battle came to an end less than a month ago.
Beyond the domestic abuse allegations, the details of Bill O’Reilly harassing McPhilmy are epic. McPhilmy’s boyfriend, a Long Island detective, was targeted by O’Reilly, who basically told the Nassau County Police Department that if they put the squeeze on him they’d get a big donation. This was back in 2011, reportedly after McPhilmy and O’Reilly began a trial separation, which began in April 2010. Considering the falafel details of O’Reilly’s sexual harassment settlement, on hypocrisy alone he’s disqualified from complaining. Via Gawker:
Delargy told Harasym that the investigation was highly sensitive for two reasons, the source said: 1) It was ordered directly by then-police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, and 2) O’Reilly was at the time considering making a major donation to the Nassau County Police Department Foundation, a private not-for-profit foundation Mulvey helped found in 2009 to raise money for construction of a planned $48 million police training facility at Nassau Community College.
“These internal affairs cops were on the case at the behest of Mulvey in order to get O’Reilly’s funds,” the source said.
Internal affairs detectives aren’t accustomed to running personal errands, and trolling for dirt on their colleagues, at the behest of major donors to department projects. So Harasym, the source says, refused the assignment. Several months later, he was transferred out of internal affairs. It’s unclear whether the investigation was assigned to another detective.
McPhilmy went on to marry the detective, which caused O’Reilly to bring God into the equation, you know, because he’s a man and has special influence with the Catholic Church, which a mere woman wouldn’t. That influence? Just maybe it’s cold, hard cash.
Gawker has learned that McPhilmy has been formally reprimanded in writing by her church for continuing to take communion in her Long Island parish despite having been divorced and remarried—a no-no according to the Pope. The reprimand also instructed her to stop telling her children that her second marriage, to the Nassau County detective O’Reilly tried to destroy, is valid in the eyes of God. It warned her that if she didn’t comply, harsher measures may be in order.
And O’Reilly, who interviewed Timothy Cardinal Dolan last year and donated more than $65,000 to New York Catholic parishes and schools in 2011, according to the tax return of his nonprofit foundation, carries considerable weight in the archdiocese.
[…] While he’s busy harassing McPhilmy for asserting the holiness of her second marriage, O’Reilly is trying to deny the existence of his first: He is, Gawker has learned, seeking an annulment of his 15-year marriage, which produced two children. Null and void. Invalid in the eyes of God. Never happened. […]
Domestic violence alleged by a wife of any many is worthy of serious investigation. However, these allegations and the reams of web pages depicting the off-screen villainy of Bill O’Reilly, when juxtaposed against his sanctimonious religiosity and serial judgments of everyone else, from women, to minorities to LGBT, reaches to the level that Fox News Channel needs to understand that they’re covering for this cretin.
At least ABC and NBC demanded their wayward anchors step up and take some responsibility for defrauding the public.
Fox News Channel doesn’t seem to care, as allegations of Bill O’Reilly’s hypocrisy reveal that the upright anchor he plays on TV for his viewers is nothing more than a marketing ruse for ratings.