Fox News ended its association with Bill O’Reilly, the combative TV host and commentator who has ruled cable-news ratings for nearly two decades and who was the signature figure in the network’s rise as a powerful political player.
The conservative-leaning host’s downfall was swift and steep, set in motion less than three weeks ago by revelations of a string of harrassment complaints against him. His departure, and the questions swirling around him, represented yet another black eye to Fox, which had sought to put a sexual harrassment scandal involving its co-founder and then-chairman, Roger Ailes, behind it last summer.
Before anyone compliments Fox, they knew about his serial harassment for years, and it had cost them millions in legal settlements; it was only when it became public and he lost advertisers that they decided to do something about it.
* Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson report that the Trump administration is at war with itself over whether the Earth is worth saving:
Top Trump officials are feuding over whether the United States should stay in — or exit — the historic Paris climate agreement.
The president, who promised to “cancel” Paris during the election campaign, has faced calls from oil, gas and even some coal companies for the United States to remain a party to an accord endorsed by nearly 200 countries. But many conservatives and climate-change doubters have continued to urge Trump to keep his election pledge and quit the agreement.
The White House has suggested that Trump would make his decision about the fate of the Paris agreement by late May, when leaders of the Group of Seven major economies are expected to gather in Taormina, Italy. But a decision could also emerge from a meeting of his top advisers that was postponed Tuesday and could take place as early as next week, according to Republican lobbyists.
That’s right, we’re counting on fossil fuel lobbyists to convince Trump to do the right thing on the environment.
* A new Quinnipiac poll shows strong majorities of the public saying that Trump is not honest, does not have good leadership skills, does not care about average Americans, is not level-headed, and does not share their values. But weirdly, a majority said he’s intelligent.
* Jamelle Bouie explains why everyone bemoans the loss of certain kinds of jobs like coal mining and manufacturing, but nobody in politics is complaining about the hundreds of thousands of retail employees who are losing their jobs.
* And Alan Gomez reports that in an odd coincidence, the judge assigned to hear a lawsuit on behalf of a DREAMer the Trump administration just deported is none other than Gonzalo Curiel, who presided over the Trump University fraud lawsuit. In which, I must remind you, the president of the United States was forced to pay $25 million to the victims of his scam.