Well it’s taken an age, and it’s happened not due to a genuine respect for women, but US news network Fox has removed news host Bill O’Reilly, following allegations that he sexually harassed a number of women at work. This is the end of a deeply racist, sexist show – not the end of O’Reilly’s career (he will likely carry on as a novelist), but the end of his time on TV, at least for the short-term. Whilst it’s good that he’s been removed, this is something that should have happened a long time ago.
This is a man who was as openly racist as it is possible for someone to be, and yet somehow remained on TV for many years. His rants are preserved across the web and yet, somehow, his show managed to be one of the most popular ones of its kind on US television. This is despite a string of attacks on people who aren’t white Christians. With luck, his departure will force a rethink of how Fox News handles this sort of character, but I am not holding my breath. This is sadly indicative of the US religious right – they will make changes if forced to, not because they want to.