O'Reilly speaks out, anti-Fox News activist efforts continue

Shaheen Pasha teaches international journalism at UMass Amherst

Shaheen Pasha teaches international journalism at UMass Amherst. UMass

"Bill O'Reilly has been nothing short of a powerhouse in cable news".

In an interview on Glenn Beck's radio show, O'Reilly said his firing came about because of a left-wing cabal intent on "destroying voices (they don't) like".

The former host of the now-canceled Fox News hit show, The O'Reilly Factor, said he's gathering facts, has obtained legal counsel and will be naming those he says orchestrated a smear campaign against him. He said the group "terrorizes" sponsors, "threatens people behinds the scenes" and "pays people to say things".

O'Reilly hinted that he might take legal action or at the very least expose some parties he feels played a role in his demise at the cable-news network. Nor did he mention the recent surfacing of an affidavit, in which his wife accused him of violently attacking her after she caught him having phone sex, but to be fair, this discussion really only revolved around O'Reilly's disgust at being fired from Fox News. It's grossly dishonest. I did what I had to do to protect my family. But I'm not going to say anything more than that", "O'Reilly said.

"There's going to be an exposition soon, but I can't tell you when", he told Beck. "I've gotta do it in a way where we don't make any mistakes, and we will".

"My attorneys told me, and we were all shocked".

"We're going to name them and it's going to be a big, big, story", O'Reilly said, declining to offer specifics.

O'Reilly added: "We're accumulating information and hopefully some day it will be clear ..."

Mediablast also reported that O'Reilly has piqued the interest of executives at Sinclair, a huge right-leaning broadcaster that has been busy gobbling up media properties.

Mediablast also noted that the four brothers who control Sinclair are tinkering with the idea of transforming WGN into a conservative all-news channel to compete with Fox News.

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