Media Critic David Zurawik: Bill O’Reilly Has Now ‘Been Marginalized’

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik talked about how Bill O’Reilly has “been marginalized” since his ousting from Fox News.

Zurawik was on CNN’s Reliable Sources to discuss the big New York Times report on Fox News renewing O’Reilly’s contract a month after O’Reilly reached a $32 million settlement. Brian Stelter said, “I don’t think he will ever be back on Fox in the wake of this revelation.”

He asked if O’Reilly will ever be back on TV. Zurawik said he doesn’t think so, but then added that “nothing surprises me” about the conservative media now.

Regarding O’Reilly himself, Zurawik said, “I think he’s been marginalized in some ways the way Glenn Beck has been marginalized. And I think if he’s going to put his credibility up against The New York Times, he’s gonna lose.”

He also talked about what he witnessed at one of O’Reilly’s shows last month. In his piece about O’Reilly’s The Spin Stops Here tour stop in September, Zurawik wrote the following:

Bill O’Reilly’s “The Spin Stops Here” tour stopped in Baltimore on Friday, and the former Fox News host played to thousands of empty seats at Royal Farms Arena.

Perhaps the best indication of the size of the crowd in relation to the hall is that 45 minutes before the show an usher came to me and about a dozen other ticket holders who were seated in the cheapest seats in the third level and gave us tickets to move down to level one — much closer to the stage.

And Zurawik said today, “Nobody’s gonna want him on TV if that’s where he is.”

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