O’Reilly’s lawyers accidentally leaked emails about last-ditch effort to save job
On Tuesday, when New York Magazine reported the Murdoch family was leaning toward forcing serial abuser Bill O’Reilly into retirement, O’Reilly still thought he could no-spin-zone his way out of his sexual harassment scandal and subsequent advertiser boycott. The day before his official banishment, O’Reilly was developing a plan to confront Fox News executives about an email considered a potential smoking gun for the former host’s delusional belief in a far-left “smear campaign” against him. The old man crashed like he reigned, paranoid about liberal conspiracies.
The allegedly incriminating email in question showed conference calls scheduled for Thursday between unnamed individuals (presumed Fox News execs) and Media Matters President Angelo Carusone, who spearheaded the #StopOReilly campaign. O’Reilly thought, somehow, the email might be enough to shout “leftist scam” and dodge the $13 million Fox News has already spent defending the dude’s racist and sexist bullshit. But he didn’t seem to appreciate the level of urgency.
“If we show to Fox tomorrow , word will get out and the Thursday call may be cancelled,” O’Reilly wrote in an April 18 email exchange that was forwarded to POLITICO by a member of O’Reilly’s legal team at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, but which a representative for O’Reilly subsequently said had been sent by mistake. “So no formal sending to Rupert until after the call,” O’Reilly continued, before venting: “You all should know that I will not put up with much more from FNC.”
Of course, O’Reilly never got the chance to bitch about the Carusone calls because he didn’t survive until Thursday. Poor guy. Hope he’s surviving the final indignity Fox News injected into his feeding tube, that disrespectful $25 million severance package. Asshole.
To the Benson, Torres & Friedman paralegal who tipped Politico on accident, happy 4/20.
[Politico | photo: Getty]