Bill O’Reilly Wrote A Novel About A Newsman Who Gets Fired And Kills People — Yes, Really

Well this is somewhat disturbing.

Keen minds on the web have dug up the one and only novel that the disgraced newscaster Bill O’Reilly ever wrote, and the content seems to be, in light of recent revelations about O’Reilly, strangely relevant.

O’Reilly was ousted from Fox News after a public outcry birthed out of sexual assault allegations that had apparently been building against him for years and years. Advertisers pulled their slots from O’Reilly’s show after the allegations were made public, and so The O’Reilly Factor became financially unsustainable for Fox News.

O’Reilly’s novel, “Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder,” tells the story of a television journalist named Shannon Michaels who is ousted from his job and “takes revenge on his former colleagues by murdering them one by one” in the description of the New Yorker.

One of the incidents in the book is literally drawn directly from O’Reilly’s personal life, with the book’s protagonist assaulting one of his colleagues after the colleague used footage from Michaels’s team without giving credit.

Apparently, in the 1980s, O’Reilly’s team captured footage of a riot in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that footage was used by Bob Schieffer of CBS, where O’Reilly worked at the time, without Schieffer giving credit.

O’Reilly’s novel, besides the dark undertones of what it suggests he wanted to do to Schieffer, also literally begins with the story of a sexual assault that is sickeningly similar to what O’Reilly is accused of doing.

Read the full write-up of the book from the New Yorker at this link. It’s legitimately bizarre to read it in light of what’s been revealed to have been O’Reilly’s behavior patterns at the time he wrote it and thereafter.

Featured Image via Justin Hoch on Wikimedia Commons, Available Under a Creative Commons License.Creative Commons License.

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