Fox News Producers Stalk and Harass Amanda Terkel.

In light of Bill O’Reilly’s upcoming speaking gig with the Alexa Foundation, an organization that supports the rights of victims of sexual violence, Amanda Terkel at Think Progress exposed O’Reilly’s victim-blaming past. In the past O’Relly asserted that the rape and murder of a woman was partially her own fault based on what she was wearing. Strange that Bill O would be speaking at Alexa.
This odd match becomes more apparent because due to the frustration by the O’Reilly camp, Terkel was stalked and harassed by the producers of Fox News. In her own words, Terkel writes,

This weekend, while on vacation, I was ambushed by O’Reilly’s top hit man, producer Jesse Watters, who accosted me on the street and told me that because I highlighted O’Reilly’s comments, I was causing “pain and suffering” to rape victims and their families. He of course offered no proof to back up this claim, instead choosing to shout questions at me.
I expect O’Reilly to air this “interview” at some point this week, possibly as early as tonight. I have no expectation that he will show the entire altercation or give the entire story about what happened, so here is the full account, offering a glimpse inside the O’Reilly harrassment machine:

You can read the play by play stalking on her post. Terkel concludes that the point remains that O’Reilly needs to apologize that it is in any way relevant what woman was wearing or drinking when she is raped and killed. Suffice it to say, O’Relly and his team owe Terkel an apology for stalking and harassing her.
Feministe, Raw Story and Daniel at the Feministing Community have more. You can also join the Facebook group in support of Terkel here.
Jesse Watter’s the producer who followed Terkel can be emailed here.
Also, last night in full O’Reilly style, he called Terkel a ‘villian’ for standing up for rape victims.
UPDATE: Check out Amanda on Keith Olbermann’s show tonight, discussing the incident.

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11 Comments

  1. feminanimal
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Are there any legal issues with the way O’Reilly stalks and harasses people? I’ve seen clips of his harassment before, and it’s pretty shocking considering that his goons aren’t “on the beat” for a news story, but are generally only seeking a response from their target about why they made Bill so angry. It’s only purpose seems to be entertainment, which makes it all so gross. That, added to the on-air targeting of individuals, seems like some sort of harassment. I would personally feel very threatened.

  2. Liza
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    When I was at Strand yesterday I was tempted to move all of the Bill O’Reilly books out of the Journalism section.
    This makes me so angry I can’t even form a more relevant comment than that.

  3. outcrazyophelia
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Just proving that he has no business speaking at the event. It’s sickening that he believes that he speaks for rape victims and that any attack on his victim blaming is an attack on victims. No one else needs to attack the victims with you around Billo. What an awful person.

  4. Destra
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    What also pisses me off is that once again O’Reily says that the intelligent, independent woman is being USED by the larger corporation. Like because she has a vagina she can’t make rational decisions for herself. He did the same thing to Courtney when she went on his show to ask for an apology for calling Helen Thomas a witch.

  5. apocalypsos.livejournal.com
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    It says a lot about him that his response to being called on his appalling comments about a rape victim earning her attack is to have his producers corner and harass the woman who pointed it out and then claim it was all her fault.

  6. jafagirl
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I find this whole thing appalling, the choice as speaker, his attitude and the bullying.

  7. nj_kate
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Just more evidence that the man has no integrity whatsoever. His show does more than any other except for America’s Most Wanted to help victims of crimes? Does he seriously believe that?

  8. Tracey T
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone see ot on air? Disgusting. He made it seem like Terkel was the one who blamed the victim and was posting all this info up about a rape victim in violation of hir privacy. Anyone who sees that without doing some fact-checking is going to think Terkel is the anti-Christ. When ambushed ze looks almost confused, probally because she is. The ambusher spinned the question in such a way that ze was probally totally shocked about the allegations being thrown at hir.

  9. Tracey T
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
  10. Liz-99
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    The story of this harassment, confused with entertainment, is covered in today’s NYTimes:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/arts/television/16ambush.html?_r=1

  11. George Levingman
    Posted June 21, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    According to statistics Alexa.com, Wikipedia is the ninth in the world on attendance a site. Company Wikipedia Foundation to which posesses the online encyclopaedia, in 2006 has received $1 million donations, and is going to spend for charity of $3 this year.
    If to speak shortly publishing house O’Reilly holds a lath, the book standing.

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