Bill O’Reilly says internet hatred killed Roger Ailes

Since the dawn of time, people have died in all sorts of bizarre ways: getting one’s head stuck in rabbit hole, suffocation by a nose full of tampons, and strangulation by atomic wedgie are just a few. But being called out by the internet for being a disgusting pig who sexually harassed a seemingly never-ending list of women? Well, that just seems impossible. Still, it’s what fellow disgusting pig/sexual harasser Bill O’Reilly thinks happened to Roger Ailes.

In an “exclusive” obituary for USA Today, O’Reilly wasted some perfectly good web space to write a glowing recollection of the “force of nature” known as Ailes:

Over the years, I saw Roger literally save people from destruction. And more than a few. He didn’t have to do it, there was no benefit to him. In the callous world of TV news, that kind of generosity is rare. If a Fox person had trouble, Roger was the guy to go to. But you had to be honest.

When Roger departed Fox News last July under a cloud of suspicion, the vast majority of Fox employees were sad. We were not privy to executive actions and while opinions were many, facts were few. Roger was convicted of bad behavior in the court of public opinion, and it was painful for many of us to watch. He, himself, was stunned and never really recovered.

It’s easy to make judgments from afar — but fair people know that seeking the truth is a complicated and demanding process. In my opinion, few sought the comprehensive truth about Roger Ailes.

After some blah-blah-blah and ra-ra-ra about Fox News and the tremendous effect it has had on so many morons, O’Reilly lobbed his ridiculous accusation:

So at age 77, Roger is gone. Some in the press continued to demean him even on the day of his death. He leaves a wife and son who knew him best and adored him. For Roger, that meant more than all his accomplishments, and I hope that brought him solace in his last tough year.

We are living in a rough age, with technological advances changing behavior and perspective. The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters.

Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth. But he would not want to be remembered that way. He did both good and bad in his life and in that, he has something in common with every human being.

Yes, we all do good and bad. But for most of us, the latter doesn’t include asking female job candidates to stand up so that we can ogle their long legs, or asking women to kiss our “red like raw hamburger” balls.

For the record: the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Ailes’ death was the result of a subdural hematoma, or bleeding on the brain, after he fell at home and hit his head. Nowhere in the no-spin report did the ME mention Twitter trolls. Sorry, Dr. O’Reilly.

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