Just like Ailes, O’Reilly was a threat to the left — and therefore a target. He had done more harm to the liberal cause than anyone else. And the fact is, by swamp rules, when they are out to get you, they usually get you.
The double standard, being what it is against Republicans, is on full display. The voices that were silent about the serial abuser and alleged rapist Bill Clinton and his enabler, Hillary Clinton, have been protected and even celebrated while Ailes and O’Reilly were hounded out of their jobs. If it weren’t so sad, the hypocrisy would be pretty funny. By the way, I would love to know, of the advertisers that pulled out of O’Reilly’s show, how many boasted about their support for and contributions to the Clinton campaign, the Clinton Foundation or the Clinton Global Initiative. Regardless, neither O’Reilly nor Ailes reached the heights of depravity that Bill Clinton so blatantly did. At least interns were safe at Fox News.
But the point here is not about these two men, it is about the voice and role Fox News has played over the years. The network was an unstoppable and irreplaceable force. With Ailes as the conductor of a fair and balanced symphony orchestra and O’Reilly in the first chair, Fox News offered quality, top-rated programming year after year. Each night, O’Reilly produced commentary that offered clear thinking, compelling logic and exposed the abuses of liberals better than anyone else.
No one will truly be able to replace Ailes or O’Reilly — but not because they won’t try. Together, these men offered unique perspectives, talents and capabilities that will forever go unmatched. They are what anchored Fox News. And without Ailes and O’Reilly, Fox News is destined to become something much different from what it once was.
This is what Democrats have been praying for all these years, and they are finally going to get it: Fox News without the original thinkers. The liberal hypocrites won one by finishing off O’Reilly, and America and the conservative cause are weaker as a result. I hope Fox News can recover, but for the time being, it looks like less truth will be available to the public.