You wondered who set Trump’s standards
❝ Fox News is in a jam this week as major automakers and smaller outfits pull their ads from the network’s popular “O’Reilly Factor” show, following a series of sexual harassment claims against host Bill O’Reilly.
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Hyundai, and Mitsubishi all yanked their ads after a New York Times investigation that surfaced five sexual harassment cases against the political pundit.
They were joined Tuesday by pharmaceutical makers GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer, Sanofi Consumer Care, insurer Allstate, asset management firm T. Rowe Price, and personal finance company Credit Karma.
❝ Orkin, a pest control company, and Untuckit, a men’s clothing line, and Constant Contact, an email marketer, and Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, the parent company of the Rachel Ray-endorsed dog food brand Nutrish, also announced they were pulling ads.
In total, at least 15 advertisers have so far withdrawn support…
❝ Mercedes-Benz said in an emailed statement that its advertising on the show “has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy.”
“The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now,” added spokeswoman Donna Boland…
❝ The Times reported that the five women have received settlement payments totaling $13 million from either Fox or O’Reilly himself.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy…or a crappier network.