Josh Marshall muses about Bill O’Reilly’s last ditch strategy to keep his job at Fox News: to claim that he was the victim of an insidious liberal conspiracy, when, in fact, the campaign to get him fired was overt and public. Indeed, as Marshall points out, maximum publicity was its strategy. A snippet (emphasis added):
In many ways, there’s a much, much more important story going forward about the fact that the people deciding O’Reilly’s fate had known for many years about his behavior and happily tolerated it. But why would O’Reilly think that this email (alleging the conspiracy–ed.) amounted to anything? I would submit that in this final moment, O’Reilly was duped by the ‘war on christmas,’ liberal media bias dumbshit victimology racket he had been selling on his show for two decades: comically melodramatic, victim-preening nonsense aimed at whipping up feelings of resentment and rage. In other words, he was deluded in these final moments of his cable TV existence by his own racket! His goose had long been cooked. But this was his final undoing.