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#EndorseThis: Trump Backs O’Reilly In Sex Harassment Crisis (And Both Are Baldwin)

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#EndorseThis: Trump Backs O’Reilly In Sex Harassment Crisis (And Both Are Baldwin)

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The magic of split screen allows Alec Baldwin to portray not one but two preening buffoons in a single Saturday Night Live sketch, namely Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly. And the absurdity of this political era — when Trump leaped to defend O’Reilly over renewed scrutiny of the Fox News host’s mistreatment of women — brought them together in a moment made for Baldwin and SNL writers.

The sketch opens with O’Reilly trying to cope with female Fox staff, who’ve fled his unwanted advances, and alluding to the advertisers now fleeing his show by the dozens over his history of alleged sexual harassment and abuse.

With typical honesty, he says, “Apparently several women have come forward and accused me of offering them exciting opportunities here at Fox. Beyond that, the details are fuzzy.” Yet one man, “unimpeachable on female issues,” has leaped to O’Reilly’s defense.

Of course that’s the president, possibly the only man who could trump O’Reilly as a pest to women: “I see a lot of myself in you, Bill.”

O’Reilly replies obsequiously: “I want to thank you, Donald Trump, for promoting sexual assault awareness month.” (which, incredible as it seems, is a true fact).

As Baldwin has noted ruefully, real life is almost indistinguishable from satire now. At least he can still make us laugh about it.

Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth April 10, 2017

    Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump—Mirror images. “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month”, promoted by the Prince of Groping himself, Donald John Trump, leaves me speechless that the grabber could be so strung out on whatever drugs he’s taking to have the temerity to make such an absurd announcement. Trump is beyond lunacy—what must Putin, Assad, and Kim in N. Korea, be thinking of this head-case?

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    2. dpaano April 11, 2017

      Amazing to say the least! Two peas in a pod, it seems! Unfortunately, neither of them understands that what they have done is totally wrong and totally against 45’s comment above! I don’t think he has ANY thought of dignity for women, and his past indicates this!

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