Julie Roys: Conservative Christians Should Stop Defending Bill O’Reilly
It’s happening again. A prominent figure of the political Right is being accused of preying on women and betraying the ideals of the conservative movement, yet rather than confront him, conservatives are rallying to his defense.
“It’s a vile conspiracy of the Left!” they cry.
“George Soros is behind all the liberal protest.”
“This is a systematic takedown of what was once a conservative news outlet. Media Matters is behind this, as well as Rupert Murdock’s liberal children. Roger Ailes was first. Now Bill. Next, it will be Sean Hannity. Just watch.”
These conservatives have a point. Certainly whenever a conservative bleeds, the media sharks circle and a feeding frenzy ensues. The Left was thrilled when the New York Times revealed that Fox host Bill O’Reilly was the target of numerous sexual harassment complaints and that Fox News had paid millions to settle those cases. The Left-leaning, Soros-backed Media Matters then quickly capitalized on the news, launching an “advertiser education campaign,” resulting in 80 advertisers dropping O’Reilly’s show. Not surprisingly, O’Reilly yesterday was forced out at Fox News.
Certainly times are changing at Fox. And with Rupert Murdock’s son, James, at the helm, the network may shift more toward the middle politically, or even go Left. The revelations about O’Reilly may have just been a convenient excuse for James to do what he was inclined to do anyway.
But is O’Reilly’s demise really the result of a liberal conspiracy? And does attributing his fall to a conspiracy help or hurt the conservative movement?
Was O’Reilly the Target of a Conspiracy?
Without access to sealed documents, no one can know for sure if O’Reilly is guilty or innocent. O’Reilly maintains he did nothing wrong. But generally speaking, where there’s smoke there’s fire. Certainly the fact that Fox News paid $13 million to settle sexual harassment complaints against O’Reilly suggests that these women had legitimate cases against him.
Also, the fact that five women independently brought suits against O’Reilly is damning. If someone had evidence that these women colluded or were enticed by the Left to bring these allegations, then I would consider that this scandal was the result of a conspiracy.
As it stands, though, these latest allegations seem to confirm what other women at Fox have alleged – that the network is rife with misogyny, corruption, and hush money. More than two dozen women accused Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual misconduct, resulting in his resignation in July.
Given these juicy revelations, the Left is simply doing what the Left does. In the words of Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff and mayor of Chicago, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
Unfortunately, though, now the Right is doing what the Right does – at least since the emergence of Donald Trump. We’re crying conspiracy and fake news. Rather than helping the conservative movement, this reaction is seriously undermining it.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Julie Roys is a speaker, freelance journalist and blogger at www.julieroys.com. She also is the host of a national radio program on the Moody Radio Network called Up For Debate. Her book, Redeeming the Feminine Soul: God’s Surprising Vision for Womanhood,is available for pre-order at major bookstores.