Black people deserve fair representation in Hollywood. Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change has successfully campaigned against shows like Cops and The O'Reilly Factor for their portrayals of the black community. Both shows have been cancelled, but in an Op-Ed for Mic, Robinson argues that continued action is necessary. Now more than ever.
Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live this week, doing double duty as both President Donald Trump and Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly. Their primary topic of conversation was, naturally, the sexual harassment allegations recently tendered against The O'Reilly Factor host.
On SNL’s imagining of the “no-spin zone,” sponsored exclusively by dog cocaine, horse Cialis and the movie Chips — a nod to the dozens of real-life advertisers that severed ties with its host — Baldwin’s O'Reilly first offends a female host before addressing the elephant in the room.
“Apparently several women have come forward and accused me of offering them exciting opportunities here at Fox News,” Baldwin-as-O'Reilly says, referencing the recent New York Times report that Fox News and its No. 1 host have together paid outover $13 million to quiet allegations of sexual harassment and verbal abuse female employees have filed against O'Reilly. Read more.(4/9/2017 1:30 PM)
That comes from a 2011 episode of The O'Reilly Factor, in which they start out making the point that the living conditions of the poor in the U.S. has gotten better in the last however many years … But it quickly devolves into “Can you believe these fucking people? Calling themselves ‘poor’ like that, when they own these things?”
I was outraged. I couldn’t believe that I lived in a country where the impoverished could shamelessly flaunt those luxuries right in my face while I heroically sacrificed my tax dollars to support their laziness. I had to see this for myself, so I got in my car and drove an hour to my mother’s house to see if Fox News’ claims were real.
What bugs me is that everyone knew what Bill O'Reily was up to for decades. Al Franken devoted a chapter of his book to it during the early days of the Bush Administration. But we’re just firing him now, in 2017.
Donald Trump’s team literally cannot find the light switches to the cabinet room in which they conduct their meetings, and have to speak in the dark and feel their way out of the room, according to a report that sheds interesting detail on life inside the White House.
Aside from difficulties with the electronics, Trump is apparently missing the validation from his cheering supporters on the campaign trail and has become disappointed with a tide of bad publicity following the implementation of his Muslim travel ban.
Trump’s consumption of TV news – in his dressing gown or over dinner - also emerged as one of his key traits.
He also routinely goes through new clips about himself with his Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, outlining in marker pen stories he doesn’t like. (source)
Additionally, based on Trump’s tweets, tv advertisers, network executives, and others (presumably foreign nationals) have been able to determine which shows he routinely watches. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Fox’s “The O'Reilly Factor” are reportedly Trump’s favorite “news” sources. (source)