Men put on no­tice

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Fox News rat­ings could take big hit as O’Reilly ex­its,” April 20

Fi­nally, an ac­cused sex­ual preda­tor gets some ac­count­abil­ity.

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and his ilk, which in­cludes his friend Pres­i­dent Trump, will never be con­trite for the dam­age they’ve done. But thanks to the coura­geous women who brought O’Reilly down, a shot has been fired over the bow.

Men who abuse their power to bully and al­legedly ha­rass pro­fes­sional women are on no­tice, even the pres­i­dent. What a great day for women and girls, and for all who value them. Wendy Blais North Hills

It’s left­ist wish­ful think­ing that Fox News will be sub­stan­tially dam­aged by O’Reilly’s de­par­ture. It re­mains the only tele­vised al­ter­na­tive to the phe­nom­e­nally bi­ased “main­stream” me­dia.

As for O’Reilly, it’s easy to be­lieve he’s ei­ther guilty as charged (money and power ap­par­ently can cor­rupt just about any­body) or en­tirely in­no­cent (ac­tivists on the left might tell any lie and hurt any­body to ad­vance their cause).

Peo­ple like O’Reilly would be well ad­vised to em­u­late Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, who pur­port­edly re­fuses to be alone with a woman who is not his wife — ex­treme per­haps, but prob­a­bly nec­es­sary in today’s po­lit­i­cal cli­mate. Pa­trick M. Dempsey

Granada Hills

Much has al­ready been writ­ten about the fir­ing of O’Reilly, but one para­graph at the end of your ar­ti­cle re­ally stands out. It says that he “of­ten de­cried the loss of what he called tra­di­tional Amer­i­can val­ues that he be­lieved in while grow­ing up in a mod­est house­hold in the Long Is­land sub­urbs dur­ing the 1950s and ’60s.”

Re­ally? In his world Amer­i­can val­ues ap­par­ently in­clude sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

What a hyp­ocrite he is. In the fu­ture, I hope no woman ever ac­cepts an in­vi­ta­tion to join him as he wraps him­self in the Amer­i­can flag and eats his ap­ple pie. Peggy Jo Abra­ham

Santa Mon­ica

Fox News did not let O’Reilly go be­cause he was ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing women. Fox let him go be­cause it was re­vealed he had been ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing women.

There is a dif­fer­ence. Kelly Gal­lagher

Santa Ana

Jeff Christensen Associated Press

BILL O’REILLY lost his job with Fox News af­ter re­ports said his ac­cusers were paid to keep quiet.

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