On Monday, Bill O'Reilly, for no solid reason, felt he was allowed to attack Helen Thomas on air. Helen is the dean of the White House Press Corp, and one of my personal heroes. Born in 1920, Thomas was the first female member of the National Press Club, among her many firsts. She is 88 years old, people!!! Who the hell attacks 88 year old women??? What would you do to someone who called your gramma a wicked witch? I once saw her eating at her favorite restaurant, Mama Ayeshas in DC, but Groom wouldn't let me say hello (mostly because I tend to embarrass myself in front of anyone remotely famous). Anyway, I am asking you to send a letter to Fox telling them that this behavior is completely unacceptible.
If you don't want to write your own, read this, and follow the directions:
Statement from The Women's Media Center President, Carol Jenkins:
Thank you all so much for your support! The messages--thousands of them--are getting through and generating discussion. The topic will be covered on "The O'Reilly Factor" tonight, and our own Courtney Martin will lend her perspective as a young, woman journalist and member of our Progressive Women's Voices program.
Please help us keep on the heat, by joining The Women's Media Center and continuing to send feedback to Fox News about Bill O'Reilly. His sexist and ageist comments about legendary reporter Helen Thomas require an apology.
To recap: On O'Reilly's February 9 show, he compared Thomas to "the Wicked Witch of the East" along with disparaging remarks about her appearance and age. Journalist Bernard Goldberg was a guest, who added his own insults, and even Alan Colmes, while ostensibly defending Thomas, laughed along and didn't seriously object. This kind of verbal degradation in the guise of humor is unacceptable, and as Media Matters has documented, it's part of an on-going pattern where O'Reilly has targeted Thomas.
It was an attack no woman deserves--including Helen Thomas, an accomplished, award-winning journalist working in the White House press corps, where women are underrepresented. The Women's Media Center demonstrated that sexist remarks went unchecked by networks during the primary season in our Sexism Sells But We're Not Buying It viral campaign. Now, as then, the WMC demands accountability.
An immediate public apology is required.
Click here to join the WMC in demanding an on-air apology from Bill O'Reilly.
Bill O'Reilly, you are a bad, bad person.