By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – So the Bill O’Reilly era at Fox News is over, amid a seemingly never-ending parade of sexual harassment allegations O’Reilly and Fox chose to spend millions to settle rather than have the truth come out in court.

But what does this really mean?

O’Reilly won’t be missing any meals.

And Fox News is unlikely to suffer.

O’Reilly’s ratings were up before he left, a sign that the right-wing grievance culture so successfully mined by Fox is hard to alienate.

And for those who want to call this a victory for the cause of eradicating sexual harassment in the workplace, a note of caution.

Yes, O’Reilly’s ouster is a sign that Fox News advertisers feared the economic fallout from backlash against him, even if the network itself did not.

bill Keller @ Large: Too Many Still Dont Care About Sexual Harassment

Bill O’Reilly. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

But keep in mind, many liberals and Democrats were ready to look the other way when Bill Clinton acted out in the ‘90s; many conservatives and Republicans shrugged off Trump’s sins just last year.

Yes, progress is being made.

We’ve come a long way from the “Mad Men” days when the right to leer, grope, harass and intimidate was considered a workplace perk. There are many offices these days where pulling a Clinton, Trump or O’Reilly will get you summarily canned.

But too many of us still don’t care.

And Bill O’Reilly’s ouster doesn’t change that disappointing reality.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

  1. You seem to grant me a great deal of power, Bees…I appreciate your left-handed compliment

    But, perhaps it was Jon’s performance over the past year or so that has sapped the interest in his musings because of his extensive, and so far unadmitted, bias.

    And as for the debate? Are you so insufficiently equipped to develop and explicate reasonable arguments to counter what is being said?

    How sad that you are so committed to your own views that you are unwilling to put them to the test even in this limited public forum.

    Is your sense of loss in Hillary’s fumbling away the election that was hers to lose so great that you find it necessary to hide behind inane accusations?

    My dear, I sense that you are trying play the victim card…


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