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The day before Bill O'Reilly was cut loose from Fox News after 20 years with the network, his handlers appeared to believe they had at least one more card to pull that might help save his job in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal engulfing the top-rated prime time host.
Tuesday - O'Reilly - Team - Share - Leadership
On Tuesday, O'Reilly and his legal team debated whether to share with the leadership of parent company 21st Century Fox an April 13 email from Mary Pat Bonner, a Democratic fundraiser and ally of the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, which had spearheaded what she called an "advertiser education campaign" to get advertisers to pull out of O'Reilly's 8 p.m. weeknight broadcast, "The O'Reilly Factor."
The email, whose recipients' names were redacted in the version that was shared with POLITICO, announced two conference calls — originally scheduled for this Thursday and Friday — with Media Matters President Angelo Carusone. The purpose was to discuss "the success of the campaign so far, and our plans moving forward."
O'Reilly - Camp - Evidence - Plot - Anchor
To O'Reilly's camp, it was evidence of a left-wing plot to oust the profit-making anchor and conservative media star, who maintains that the sexual harassment allegations against him, including $13 million worth of settlements first reported by The New York Times on April 1, are "unfounded."
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Rupert - James - Lachlan - Murdoch - Executives
Perhaps Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch, the top executives of 21st Century Fox, could be convinced that O'Reilly was unfairly under attack?
Probably not. But in any case, O'Reilly was against going to them with the Bonner email, anyway.
Fox - Tomorrow - Word - Thursday - Call
"If we show to Fox tomorrow, word will get out and the Thursday call may be cancelled," O'Reilly wrote in an April 18 email exchange that was forwarded to POLITICO on Wednesday...
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