Have You Read Bill O'Reilly's Creepy Murder Mystery?
Bill O’Reilly, if you’re not familiar, is the American journalist behind what was once called “The O’Reilly Factor”, a highly successful news program on Fox. He is now facing a landslide of repercussions for sexual harassment allegations upon the public’s discovery that Fox News had actually stood by O’Reilly in reaching settlements with five women who made claims over the years, totaling $13 million. Having been exposed, caught red-handed if you will, Fox was pressured by over fifty dropped advertisers to oust O’Reilly from the network—finally.
But the plot thickens. Because the world is so crazy and unpredictable in its fortuity, O’Reilly happens to not only be a journalist and accused sexual predator, but also author to a murder mystery novel titled Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television And Murder, written in 1998. While the saying goes: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” we are confident that the novel will not go misjudged by its inherently creepy title and author, for that matter. If anything, clueless Barnes & Noble shoppers browsing the selection of books on clearance will underestimate its eeriness. O’Reilly’s novel tells the tale of a journalist who is fired from two high-level positions and returns violently with vengeance for his colleagues. While the storyline proves hefty and hard to follow, it is rampant with drama, murder, sexual tension and alarmingly parallel accounts between the protagonist (antagonist?), Shannon Michaels, and the author, Mr. O’Reilly himself. The book literally opens up with a scene that finds a senior level newsman, Ron Costello feasting his eyes upon a younger female employee, Suzanne, with “intense sexual hunger”—gross. Only a few lines down the very first page of O’Reilly’s book and the same clueless Barnes & Noble shoppers will probably look to the cover to reconfirm that they are in fact reading a fiction novel and not his memoir. Though resemblance between the two remains uncanny, as the main character’s fate on a job in Argentina unfolds in the exact same manner that O’Reilly’s did in the 80s with CBS, we’re both relieved and slightly tense in reckoning that at least O’Reilly hasn’t sought vengeance on four of his old colleagues by way of homicide, like his self-based fictional character did…
Source: The New Yorker
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