Next month, Fox News heavyweight Bill O'Reilly
will speak at a
fund-raising dinner for the It Happened to Alexa Foundation, a resource
center for rape survivors. The alliance has struck many as puzzling,
given that O'Reilly drew criticism in 2006 for suggesting that Jennifer
Moore, an 18-year-old woman who'd been raped and murdered, was
partially at fault for walking around in a miniskirt at night. Bloggers
are wondering whether O'Reilly--who was also the defendant in a highly
publicized sexual harassment suit in 2004--is really the best person
for the job.
- A Lot to Answer For In a scathing 950-word takedown at watchdog blog
News Hounds, Priscilla suggests some questions that attendees might lob
at O'Reilly. "Ask Bill if he ever apologized to Ms. Moore’s parents..."
- Personal Experience: O'Reilly Is Bad News At Think Progress, Amanda Terkel
recalls that last year, after she pointed out the strangeness of
O'Reilly speaking at another Alexa Foundation event in 2009, the pundit
sent a camera crew across state lines to demand an apology:
O’Reilly sent his producer, Jesse Watters, to track me down, follow me
for several hours from D.C. to rural Virginia, and ambush me while I
was on vacation. Basically, O’Reilly decided that the best way to show
he was sympathetic to women who have been victims of crime was to send
his male producer and cameraman to track down and intimidate me for
writing a critical piece about him.
- Admirable Gesture... Up to a Point Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams
wonders whether it's a coincidence that O'Reilly's friend Wendy Murphy
is on the board of the Alexa Foundation. But she does her best to
extend the benefit of the doubt, concluding, "If O'Reilly truly wants
to use his fame to show support and raise money for crime victims on
March 26, mazel tov. But maybe he should remember that doesn't give him
a pass to be a bully the rest of the year."
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