Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, better known as “Z on TV,” wrote in his Sunday column that Fox’s former cable news giant is now back on the airwaves. Zurawik reported that Bill O’Reilly now hosts a 15-minute report on WBAL Radio every weekday at 12:10 pm.
For 17 years, O’Reilly led the cable news wars with his Fox News program, The O’Reilly Factor, which featured the “No Spin Zone” segment.
All of that came crashing down when O’Reilly was accused of multiple sexual harassment complaints and fired by Fox News after it was disclosed that large settlements were paid out to the victims. Along with his primetime cable news program, the conservative pundit was also a best-selling author, writing about various historical subjects in his books Killing Lincoln and Killing Jesus.
Mr. Riley, despite the sexual harassment complaints, donated millions of dollars to veterans through the profits of his book sales along with merchandising products from his top-rated cable show.
In addition to WBAL Radio, O’Reilly’s program will be carried by 100 other stations, including 10 in prime markets.
WBAL Radio has become the voice of moderation going back to the days of the late Ron Smith. WBAL also continues its run as the “talk radio giant” in the Baltimore market.
Apparently, the announcement about Mr. O’Reilly coming back to the airwaves must have riled Mr. Zurawik, causing him to state the following:
He was preaching the gospel of fake news long before Donald Trump. Now he’s got a new platform on which to do it.
Mr. Zurawik seems to forget that he once sat on the set of Fox News until he fell off the left side of his chair. Zurawik now carries the liberal torch for The Baltimore Sun and its partner, WJZ TV 13. The latter controversially fired longtime newscaster Mary Bubala over a misstatement she made during a live interview regarding problems in Baltimore City.
The Baltimore Post strongly believes that, with the Democratic party moving father left to the socialist/progressive side of the political spectrum, WBAL Radio’s management made the right decision and bring back the once but not forgotten “King of Cable News,” despite Mr. Reilly’s past problems.
It will be an interesting ride no matter how his segment does in the ratings.
If some of the segments mirror O’Reilly’s famous interview with Barney Frank, then it will be worth listening to every weekday.