For two decades Bill O'Reilly has been the most popular talk show host on FOX News—indeed, the top-rated host on any cable news channel.
Now he's gone. FOX News announced this week the network and O'Reilly had parted company in the wake of multiple sexual harassment claims against the host that cost a reported $13 million to settle.
O'Reilly might have survived. But when major advertisers started pulling away, FOX News' biggest asset became a liability. The "O'Reilly Factor" host has consistently denied the sexual harassment charges and continues to do so.
O'Reilly won't be walking away empty handed. He reportedly makes $25 million a years and still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract.
Some say FOX News is long overdue in sending O'Reilly packing and the sexual harassment claims should be taken more seriously by the network. Others say the charges are unproven and O'Reilly is being unfairly treated.
We want to know what you think. Was FOX News right to sever ties with Bill O'Reilly in the wake of this scandal? Or should the network have stood by its biggest star?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 26. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: Trump and the Military
Last week's question was about the recent U.S. military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan. Do you support President Trump's more aggressive military posture? Or do you have reservations about his actions?
It is a relief to learn that we have a President who respects our military. As a veteran who served during the Korean War I agree with using just enough force to protect our servicemen and their mission. By doing so, we are showing the world that we are no longer sitting back and being paper tigers.—J.C., Texarkana, Texas
Obama's affection for Islam, mixed with liberal "Christian" theology, resulted in an excessive degree of appeasement. Misapplying "love thy neighbor," while disregarding Jesus' words, to not " cast ye your pearls before swine " Concerned over offending Islamists, action against the "swine" in their midst was restricted. Hoping to eventually reason with obvious evil, they become stronger, leading to unavoidable, and riskier military action. —D.H.M., Texarkana, Ark.
While I did not support Trump's candidacy I do support his recent action in Syria and Afghanistan. What he did in Syria should have been done by Obama in 2013 after the first chemical attack. It appears that Trump is letting the U.S. military call the shots instead of doing what political advisers deem to be politically expedite.—L.O. Texarkana, Texas