After 20 years of being the “King of Cable News,” former Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly is out. Just typing that sentence is a surprise to me. As someone who watched O’Reilly for years growing up, I never thought he’d leave the network this way. While everyone else is talking about O’Reilly himself and whether or not the sexual harassment allegations are true, you and I should be talking about something different and more meaningful.
The way we gather information is about to change forever.
At least for Conservatives, this is especially true. I would never describe Fox News as a conservative network. They have a long history of defending more GOP-aligned politicians and viewpoints. During the 2016 election, they continuously propped up people like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump. In my view, people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul were treated more as second-class citizens.
At the same time, the platform offered by Fox News used to be place where conservatives could safely gather, offer their viewpoints, or just consume the news without all the liberal spin.
Nowadays, the network is filled with more establishment populists like Karl Rove, Eric Bolling, Geraldo Rivera, Dana Perino, and many others. This is about to change. The children of Rupert Murdoch are liberals who hate Fox News and everything it stands for. Once Murdoch retires, they will more than likely take over.
On the other hand, there is the rise of conservative media in different forms, other than cable news. With places like Daily Wire, CRTV, TheBlaze, Daily Caller, The Resurgent, and Lanterns on the rise, there are different avenues for principled conservatives to go to for news and discussion. Talk radio has transformed from terrestrial radio into internet podcasting and blogging- both through video and written form.
Modern-day liberalism is a cancer.
There is simply no denying this as a Conservative Christian who tries to notice the patterns in ideology and people. Liberalism, as it stands today, is more about character assassination, greed, lawlessness, dishonesty, political correctness, radical feminism and progressivism than anything else. Whether it’s using the government to target conservatives, evangelicals, and pro-life supporters under the Obama administration; indoctrinating students with secular progressivism through Darwinian evolution and purging Christianity and the Bible from many public schools; shaming anyone who dares to tell the truth about Islam; or trying to shut down voices like Ben Shapiro, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and now Bill O’Reilly – the leftists in this country are hell-bent on replacing constitutionalism and Christianity with radical, secular progressivism and socialism.
Now is the time to be purely honest and principled.
Millennials and future generations face an immense task before us in changing the media. With the growth of technology, alongside the obsession with fame and dethroning anyone who isn’t politically correct, having integrity and principles are paramount to success. By success, I don’t mean materialism through wealth or ratings. I mean moral, eternal success. No matter the forces the Left try to throw at us, the truth will ultimately prevail.
I have no idea if the allegations towards Bill O’Reilly are true. I sincerely hope not, but nothing would surprise me in today’s society. With that being said, we, Conservatives, and Christians face an enormous challenge-- one we should embrace. We have to find our principles and be transparent.
Regardless if it’s through the internet, social media, talk radio, television, or in your local community, speaking out on your beliefs will make people interested. Ultimately, that means you are a target for being a person of integrity. Yes, we all sin. Each of us struggles with being honest and consistent in our beliefs, but we have to be open about those struggles in some fashion. That doesn’t mean we tell everyone everything. It does mean we cannot be liars and deceivers. We’ve seen what happens to people like Tomi Lahren or Milo Yiannapolous. Now is the time to say what we mean and mean what we say.
In the end, I think it’s a shame that Bill O’Reilly is no longer a part of Fox. I wish him well, and I hope he finds peace in his life and lives a life of integrity. Whether the accusations are true or not, we should demand the best from ourselves and each other.