Bill O’Reilly’s graciousness is an attempt at saving face when he has no face left, surely. First, his gracious response on his departure from Fox News today was capped off by expressing no ill-will towards his former employer’s decision. However he did also highlight this in his statement.
It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.
It goes without saying that O’Reilly has made an illustrious living off a brand of punditry that is oftentimes crass in the use of politically incorrect tropes as a conservative rhetorical device.
However, O’Reilly has done more to expose the err in his divisive ways and thinking about a multicultural society within the union, as oppose to offering any enlightening reconciliation towards its ills.
His fall has already been cushioned by the graciousness of our President in sticking up for his pal’s character most recently during an interview with the NYTimes.
“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,…I don’t think Bill did anything wrong”__President Donald Trump
Of course he doesn’t, and wouldn’t for a number of personal reasons.
In fact many of O’Reilly’s ardent fans will graciously accept the fall of their false idol as some left-wing conspiracy to destroy him as suggested by his attorney Marc Kasowitz on Tuesday. This defense mechanism is futile since, once again you have no face to save. But widely the fans who have invested many nights enjoined in the chorus of political incorrectness will no doubtedly save face by going along with the O’Reilly’s continued charade of a conspiracy. And ironically, many women are participants in that O’Reilly choir.
Because these incessant leanings and preachings in misrepresenting decorum and respect for your fellow citizens has become fodder for resentment, there appears to be some vindication under the banner of freedom that seeks to legitmize politically incorrect trends and thought processing. None of which can be truly successful in the long run because advertisers who inadvertently fund these programs thrive off of inclusion and not its disillusion thereof.
I suppose the Board of Fox Broadcasting milked rather than took any real time to deliberate their decision which seem totally based off of the economic calculus of holding onto one of the longest top rated programs on cable television. The time apparently was conspicuously held just long enough to endure the lawsuits and settlements before reaching a point of no return. Their decision is not based off of right and wrong, it is based solely on the profit motive.
What I have learned in all of this is that crafting a mask of perfectionism (which in humans doesn’t exist) or narcissm in terms of authority and psuedo-intelligence is just that — a mask. Let’s not get it twisted here, Bill O’Reilly got off easy and quite graciously here in losing face.
*Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 19, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness with the following information below.
Case in point.
How gracious indeed.