Kill Bill

India Today - - UPFRONT -

So­cial me­dia had a con­sid­er­able, pos­si­bly de­ci­sive, role in Fox News fir­ing Bill O’Reilly, host of maybe the most pop­u­lar and most re­viled show in cable news his­tory. If O’Reilly did not pi­o­neer the tele­vi­sion news genre of ‘an­gry man be­lieves the truth means just re­peat­ing a prej­u­dice or an opin­ion as loudly as pos­si­ble’, he was per­haps its most pro­fi­cient ex­po­nent. He was sim­ply louder and more bel­liger­ent than any­one else. And also, it turns out, a se­rial ha­rasser of women. For decades. So­cial me­dia is cel­e­brat­ing his scalp be­cause a sus­tained on­line cam­paign scared off enough ad­ver­tis­ers to per­suade Fox to cut their losses.

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