On March 1, 2009, I highlighted the fact that the Alexa Foundation, an organization working on behalf of rape survivors, had invited Fox News host Bill O’Reilly to be its keynote speaker at a fundraiser. I also noted that in 2006, O’Reilly had made controversial comments about a young woman who was raped and murdered, implying that it was partially her fault:
Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she’s out of her mind, drunk.
A couple of weeks later, O’Reilly sent his producer, Jesse Watters, to track me down, follow me for several hours from D.C. to rural Virginia, and ambush me while I was on vacation. Basically, O’Reilly decided that the best way to show he was sympathetic to women who have been victims of crime was to send his male producer and cameraman to track down and intimidate me for writing a critical piece about him.
Of course, the Alexa Foundation is free to choose whomever it wants as a speaker. But it’s hard to believe that, in light of his past comments and his willingness to use personal intimidation tactics to silence young women who speak out against him, he is the best role model or advocate for women who have been victims of crime.