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.