Bill O’Reilly has decided to respond to the latest New York Times story about a $32 million settlement of a sexual harassment suit, his 6th such settlement, by striking a pose of righteous indignation and claiming to be the real victim in the whole thing.
“Leaks are not facts. Leaks are designed to hurt people,” he told the reporters before trying to depict himself as a victim. “It’s been a horrendous experience,” O’Reilly said. “I’ve never had one complaint filed against me by a co-worker in any human-resources department in 43 years. That encompasses 12 different companies. So all of the sudden this stuff happens and the pain it brings to my children is indescribable.”…“It’s horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through,” he shouted. “This is crap. It’s politically and financially motivated. We can prove it with shocking information.” Without going into specifics, he declared, “We have physical proof that this is bullshit.”
And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Let’s think about this for a moment. He says he’s totally innocent of the accusations and he only paid $32 million to the woman to spare his children the pain of seeing their father’s dirty laundry aired in public. But he’s not a stupid man, he had to know it was going to come out anyway, which means his children still get that humiliation and he’s out $32 million.
But he has “physical proof” that the accusations are false? Does anyone really believe that if he had physical proof that she’s lying, he wouldn’t have revealed it and got the lawsuit dismissed, saved himself $32 million and — yes — the embarrassment to his children? Are there people out there gullible enough to believe that? Yes, I’m sure there are.