Bill O'Reilly Finds an Ally in Conservative Site Newsmax
The former Fox News host has been hyping an article that calls into question one of his accusers.
Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is on something of a publicity tour to promote his new book, Killing England. But he's also interested in settling some scores. In particular, he's been hyping coverage on the conservative news site Newsmax that paints one of his accusers in a negative light.
On Sunday, Newsmax reported that a woman who had accused O'Reilly of having acted inappropriately toward her while she worked at Fox News had been arrested in 2015 for making a false felony accusation. The next morning, O'Reilly tweeted: "Please check out http://Newsmax.com for expose about a person who attacked me. Very telling."
On Tuesday, he promoted another forthcoming story on Newsmax. "Another good article by http://Newsmax.com which is reporting on the far left smear machine," O'Reilly wrote on Twitter. "Check it out."
O'Reilly also hyped the Newsmax story in an interview Tuesday morning with Today show host Matt Lauer. "If you go to Newsmax.com, or Billoreilly.com, you will see an article about one of the accusers of me who was arrested for filing a false police report," he said. "You will see that article, and I want people to read it and make up their own minds."
Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax and a friend of President Trump's, defended his site's sympathetic coverage of O'Reilly. "My guess is most of the media doesn’t like O’Reilly all that much, and they don’t want to give his side of the story," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "As O’Reilly mentioned in our piece, the Times and others did no checking on the chief accuser. Seems like there is serious credibility issues with her."
Newsmax has been considered a potential employer for the free agent O'Reilly, but Ruddy said his site's positive coverage of the former Fox News host was not part of an effort to woo him to the network.
Lauer, in the interview, pressed O'Reilly hard on the accusations made against him, though he did eventually give him an opportunity to discuss his new book.
On Twitter, O'Reilly called the interview "intense," and he expanded on that during a podcast that was posted on his website. "OK interview," O'Reilly said. "I mean, I understand that Matt Lauer has got to kind of ask questions that his, you know, audience I guess, I don't know. But I didn't mind. And then we got the point across about the book.... "
O'Reilly also recently spoke to THR for an interview published in the Sept. 13 issue of the magazine, recounting his time at Fox News.
"The business got really nasty," O'Reilly said. "What people don't realize is that I was under attack constantly for 16 years. Once I became No. 1, once we passed Larry King, it was every single day. And then, as social media grew and got wildly out of control, the attacks got more vicious, more disgusting. Then you have the business, you have the competition. I mean, you don't think those people are sad that I'm not sitting in that chair anymore, do you?"