Fox’s Howard Kurtz Covers O’Reilly Scandal, ‘Rough Week of Media Coverage for Fox News’


At the end of today’s MediaBuzz, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz addressed the controversy at the network over allegations of harassment against Bill O’Reilly and dozens of advertisers pulling their spots from airing during the Factor as a result.

O’Reilly himself has not spoken about the matter on his show thus far. He released a statement last weekend that said, in part, “Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline. But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

Kurtz briefly covered the controversy, saying it’s been a “rough week of media coverage for Fox News.”

He also brought up President Trump defending O’Reilly and the lawsuit from Julie Roginsky against Fox and Roger Ailes.

Kurtz concluded thusly:

“This has been a difficult and uncomfortable period for the people who work here, no question about it. The network has been trying to move on, to change the culture, and to make clear that any kind of harassment is unacceptable. And most of these allegations date from the Roger Ailes era, but the echoes of that era are still making news.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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