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Barbara Walters

Bill O'Reilly: Fall of a news icon

Bill O'Reilly: Fall of a news icon

The firing of Fox News provocateur Bill O'Reilly has been covered by the general news business as if he was the cable fraternity's equivalent of Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite.

He was neither, although he did take on some major liberal organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and show-biz celebrities, such as George Clooney and Michael Moore, who have defended progressive causes.

The breathless accounts of Mr. O'Reilly's demise provided only sketchy recitations of his alleged sexual harassment of female Fox News employees — the grounds on which 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch canned him and agreed to pay his accusers millions of dollars in...