Fox News

Bye Bye, O’Reilly


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The political world got a bit of a jolt yesterday when Fox News kicked their longtime ratings giant and right-wing pundit Bill O’Reilly to the curb yesterday over repeated charges of sexual harassment. I know. It’s tearing you apart.

There are many takeaways to this with the first for conservatives being, “but what about Bill Clinton?” Anyone who throws out the Clinton comparison over stuff that happened two decades ago proves they’re not concerned about ending sexual harassment in the workplace. They only care about political scores. The knuckleheads who bring up this point probably all voted for Donald Trump, the vagina grabber.

The main take on this is that Fox News did the right thing but not for the right reasons. They didn’t ditch O’Reilly because his behavior was too shameful for them or they were disgusted with him. They never had an issue with him destroying careers of those who wouldn’t give him what he wanted. They got rid of him because he became a liability. Advertisers were bailing from his show in massive droves. Fox News prioritized monetary over morality. Ironically, morality was a favorite subject of the hypocritical O’Reilly.

Fox News supported O’Reilly’s behavior. They paid out around $13 million to shut his victims up. They let big name talent like Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly get away after they accused harassment from the former chief of the network, Roger Ailes. Carlson was a loss they can deal with. Kelly’s departure hurts. Now their biggest star is Tucker Carlson.

Fox News hired a law firm to conduct an internal investigation. Reportedly what they found were recordings of phone calls where it sounds like O’Reilly is masturbating. Here’s a tip: If you engage in phone sex make sure the other party is with the program. Some people don’t like surprises, especially ones like craggly-assed old men whacking it over the phone.

Fox News has been under heavy pressure for three weeks since The New York Times published a report of the network’s payout. This week a new accuser, an African-American woman, claimed that O’Reilly called her “hot chocolate.” You would think that after decades of harassing women that he’d get better at it. Perhaps he offered to be her marshmallow.

O’Reilly’s departure does not mean the country or corporate America is moving forward in regards to sexual harassment in the workplace. It just shows that it’ll pay for it to a certain point. You can’t argue progress is being made when corporations will cover up for a big money maker and the rest of the nation voted for a man who bragged about assaulting women and who is on record dishing out sexism in the form of slurs and insults.

I saw several posts yesterday on social media from conservatives swearing they’ll boycott Fox News over this. One was from a conservative colleague of mine. These people exhibit that they don’t care about the treatment of women, especially if their infallible hero is exposed (hopefully not literally). I wouldn’t worry about their boycott as they’re not the faithful type. Several of these same people swore they’d boycott Breitbart over their treatment of a female reporter who claimed Trump’s campaign manager had grabbed her.  But within days they were sharing links once again from their favorite racist fake news website.

O’Reilly left the air to take a vacation and he challenged his viewers to guess where he was going. Many on the left guessed correctly that he was going to the curb of 1211 Avenue.

Don’t cry in your beer too much over O’Reilly. Like Ailes, who received a $40 million buyout, I’m sure Bill will walk away with a handsome check. O’Reilly went out defiant with a statement that the accusations are unfounded. He got to meet the Pope during his vacation (I hope he had some hand sanitizer available) and his biggest defender is Donald Trump. I’m also sure we’ll see him again on either One America News or The Blaze network. I wouldn’t be surprised if doesn’t start working for Vladimir Putin on RT. Go for it, Bill!

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Lecherous Lizards


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I don’t know which would be worse. A voicemail from now-former Alabama governor Robert Bentley describing how much he loves approaching you from behind and grabbing your boobies, or……a masturbating Bill O’Reilly, which John Oliver imagines sounds like a dog’s jowls flapping when it sticks its head out of the window of a moving car. I’ll let you decide.

Bentley is leaving his office and stated that he’s looking for new opportunities to serve the public. I really think he shouldn’t be attempting to service anyone. And what is it with these criminals? He gets busted using state resources to cover up an affair. He’s threatened people. And when he’s forced out of his office he makes it sound like it was for creating new opportunities when the truth is the new opportunity he’s avoiding is jail.

Here’s a good rule when you’re voting: Don’t vote for the guy who looks like Mr. Burns. Fact: Democrats never look like Mr. Burns.

I’m drawing another cartoon tonight so this blog has to be shorter than usual. I know you’re disappointed. I’m sure you were looking forward to me writing many more paragraphs regarding old, craggly-assed Republicans and their sex lives.

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Smells Like O’Reilly


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Now that Roger Ailes is out of the Fox News building, the chief pervo on staff has gotta be cable news ratings king Bill O’Reilly. Many people are saying (see what I did there?) when he’s not making covert racist comments about women he’s lusting after them.

An investigation by The New York Times reveals that a total of five women who have received payouts from either Mr. O’Reilly or 21st Century Fox (Fox News’ parent company) in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him.

The payouts, which come out to around $13 million, go back as far as 2004 and as recently as last summer. The company says it does not tolerate behavior that “disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment.” According to documents and interviews, the complaints ranged from verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating.

That would be a very uncomfortable work environment and I think I can speak for us all when I say “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwww!!!!” That phone call thing is just one disturbing image. Think about puppies, penguins, and polar bears.

Puppies, penguins, and polar bears. Puppies, penguins, and polar bears. Puppies, penguins, and polar bears. It’s not working!!!!

Do you think O’Reilly will ask for a framed copy of this cartoon and mail me a signed copy of one of his books? His next book should be a guide on how to grope women in the workplace and make your boss pay off the lawsuits.

Cartoon drawn. Blog done. Now I have to take a shower. I was planning to go out for breakfast but now O’Reilly has ruined even that for me.

“EWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwww!!!!”

Creative Note: There’s another version of this cartoon. No, it’s not dirtier. It’s tamer. Right as I finished drawing it I got the idea for the second panel and liked it a lot better. I might post the first version tomorrow or whenever. I don’t want to throw it out on the internet right now for it to be confused with the “official” version.

Update: I had a few requests to post the “alternative” version. I liked it and was going to go with it until I thought of the “hair sniffing” angle in the second panel. I didn’t think of that until the first version was completely drawn and ready to be sent to my clients. I kinda hated to destroy the second panel as I liked my O’Reilly caricature. There was no cutting and pasting here despite my creating this on a digital platform, which would make cutting and pasting easier. I erased the entire second panel and drew a new one. As you can see here, I did save a copy of the first version.

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Megyn Bails On Fox


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Megyn Kelly, who once had a segment on her show that Santa Claus is white, has bolted Fox News for NBC. If you hashtag her name on Twitter you’ll see how the Fox audience is taking it. It’s not pretty.

Megyn has been considered by many as the only real journalist in Fox’s opinion-heavy evening lineup with her show in a schedule with Bill O’Reilly and Trump water boy Sean Hannity. Many others have criticized Kelly for being as much of a right-wing troll as her cohorts.

This puts Fox, the ratings leader, in a jam as they now don’t have a female, one who challenged and fueded with Trump, to work in prime time. They’re still rebounding from losing Gretchen Carlson and Greta Van Susteren and the sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox leader Roger Ailes (another Trump sycophant). Will the entire lineup of opinion shows at Fox now consist entirely of Trump ball washers? Well, yeah.

Fox wanted to keep Kelly so bad they were willing to pay her $20 million a year. Money wasn’t the only issue for her as she will now be hosting a daytime show and one in the evening on Sundays. She will have a more diverse audience at NBC instead of the conservative white guy fan base Fox attracts. It may take her awhile to find her steps and realize they shouldn’t be of the goose variety.

Kelly has a history of being a racist demagogue. She then attorney general Eric Holder wouldn’t investigate black Americans accused of criminal activity. She helped perpetuate the myth of Black Panthers intimidating voters at polling stations.

During the episode of “white Santa” she also said Jesus Christ was white. This is really important to these people. It’s really odd that people get up in arms over the race of a fictional character (Santa, not Jesus. We’ll argue that another day). It reminds me when the Council of Conservative Citizens freaked out that Idris Elba, a black actor, was cast to play a Norse god in Thor. What’s next? Boycott the Minnesota Vikings because they have black players?

Kelly also defended racist emails exchanged by officials in Ferguson, Missouri, which included a joke about a man seeking “welfare” for his dogs because they are “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are,” as normal. She argued that every workplace exchanges emails of that nature. My god what the hell are they swapping back and forth at Fox News? She might be in for a culture shock at NBC. Let’s see what happens when she sends Rachel Maddow an email gif of Obama as a monkey.

She has cried about an anti-cop thug mentality in black communities. Invited racist former cop and evidence planter Mark Fuhrman on her show to assist her in dismissing police shootings and brutality. I’m sure this daytime show is going to be a humdinger.

Fox News will now have to find another sleeveless blonde to be sandwiched between O’Reilly and Hannity. I can see why Fox would have to offer $20 million to entice a woman to assume that position.

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Roger Ailes Sugar Butt


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Oh my stars! A tawdry political cartoon right before my Jesus-loving eyes! Here come the night sweats! Cover the children’s eyes or they’ll never be right again!  Cancel my subscription! Fire the scalawag who produced such a horrid abomination! 

Feel free to cut and paste the above paragraph and send it to any of my clients who actually run this cartoon. It’ll save you some work. I wanted to use a different term that included the word “sugar,” but it will be hard enough for my editors to convince themselves to run this.

I took a little creative license with this as I doubt many people who frequent strip clubs would read a newspaper during their visit. I’m assuming. I wouldn’t know from experience. I’m a good boy. Every time I ever visited New Orleans I stood outside the clubs and prayed for all those inside.

So Roger Ailes it out at Fox News after 20 years of changing, innovating, and ruining cable news. It’s his fault we have all these news talk shows.

It is true that he changed the business that CNN started. His network also became the ratings leader after 9/11 and hasn’t dropped it since. He didn’t move cable news into a direction of improving coverage. CNN and NBC (shared with MSNBC) actually puts more focus into coverage. CNN has 33 international bureaus, NBC has 11, and Fox News…..four. They have less interest in gathering news than they have on spinning it.

Ailes started up Fox News for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation with the slogan “Fair And Balanced.” That was their wink wink nudge nudge to “we’re going to say stuff conservatives want to hear.” From a political scorecard judged by PunditFact in 2014 of statements they chose to study (which means it’s not covering every little thing said on the networks), CNN is at 22% with statements that aren’t true. NBC/MSNBC is at 45%, which is “Wow! That’s a heavy dose of BS!”. Fox News, the “Fair And Balanced” network, comes in at 58%.

It’s also hard to say you’re “fair and balanced” with a straight face when your CEO, this being Roger Ailes, was a Republican strategist, who kept advising Republicans, and even had Fox News donate money to Republicans. When they were selling the Iraq War to Americans during the buildup, Roger Ailes was in the White House telling George W. Bush and Dick Cheney how they should spin it together. That’s not news. That’s activism.

Fox News released their pundit Gretchen Carlson who then sued Ailes for sexual harassment. Fox News said the accusations were lies, thus increasing their falsehoods from 58% to a healthy 98% (I made that number up). Then a bunch of other women (I’m assuming they’re women) made the same claim.

Then there are reports that Fox News biggest name also made a claim that Ailes had sexually harassed the star. Seriously, I just don’t buy that Bill O’Reilly is that attractive, but whatever turns Roger on….no wait. It was Fox News’ second biggest name, Chris Wallace. Again, I’m lying. It was Bret Baier. I’m blaming it on the clothes he chose to wore so it’s not Roger’s fault. I’ll stop. It was Megyn Kelly. Greta Van Susteren said “what’s sexual harassment?”.

Fox News was doing an internal probe (get your minds out of the gutter, you bunch of Beavises) but after Kelly’s confession that probably sealed Ailes’ fate. Megyn’s a star and one of the Fox News pundits/anchors who actually gets respect from the rest of the media. Plus, you’d rather have her around the office than Roger Ailes, especially on sleeveless-shirt Fridays at the NYC Fox News HQ.

I think Fox News could have prevented this entire thing if they had just put as much focus into Ailes as they did North Carolina bathrooms.

 

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Trump Vs. Kelly


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Donald Trump is skipping the next GOP debate. He’s upset with debate moderator, and the host, Fox News.

He’s still sore Megyn Kelly asked him if making sexists, derogatory remarks toward women is presidential. How dare she. He feels it’s unfair. A lot of people have pointed out that he can’t handle Kelly and he’s afraid of her. Others say it’s more about Fox News, which he’s appeared on over 130 times since he’s announced and he appeared on Wednesday night. Fox News sent out a very snarky statement regarding Trump skipping their debate, which for a news organization, wasn’t very professional.

I don’t blame Trump for not being in love with Fox’s statement but I do think he’s afraid of intelligent women. Why do you think he marries super models and hangs out with Sarah Palin? Hillary Clinton, who withstood the Benghazi committee’s questioning for eleven hours, will eat Trump alive.

The biggest reason Trump is skipping the debate is that he wants to control the format. If anyone else skipped the debate it would hurt their exposure. For Trump, it’s increasing. Trump is controlling the format and the dialogue.

I posted a question on social media yesterday asking if I should draw on this topic, or the Bundy militia (not that I won’t do both). Some people brought up a very valid point that I shouldn’t give any exposure to Trump. I appreciate that anyone would believe I’m influential enough to have an impact on the national conversation. But Trump isn’t in the conversation…he is the conversation.

I get comments on the way I draw Trump’s hair. At first I felt it was a bit too much and it doesn’t really look anything like his hair, just a representative that he has ridiculous hair. But all the comments are positive and most of all, I found I don’t have to put a label on him. The hair is the label. Speaking of hair, Megyn Kelly got a haircut which meant I had to put a little more research into this cartoon.

My last two cartoons were kinda hard hitting so I wanted to tone it down a bit with my next one, thus I frighten my clients. While the hard hitting stuff on police shootings and anti-choice terrorists do very well on the internet, not always great for today’s newspapers which makes me sad. My next cartoon will probably be on the Bundy militia and I can’t promise how scary that will turn out. Stay tooned.

Here’s the rough.

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Blazing Paranoia


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Earlier this week a fan on social media shared one of my cartoons and said it was “Monty Pythonesque.” That’s high praise.  Today I decided to steal from Mel Brooks’ movie Blazing Saddles. A true classic.

Obama wants to reform the judicial system. He’s not the only one. A lot of Republicans want to also, though they might want to go about it differently.

The president has ordered the release of 6,000 non-violent prisoners convicted of drug charges. Releasing 6,000 will not make much of a dent in our prison population. And despite the fears of a lot of conservatives like Bill O’Reilly, it’s not a threat to society.

The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Many of those are non-violent drug users. This is insane. Rehabilitation for many of these prisoners would be a lot more cost effective, and better suited for prisoners and society, than sitting in a cell.

We do need to reform our judicial system. There are three parts I believe in.

We need to legalize marijuana. It’s no more of a threat than alcohol and it’s not a gateway drug or something that kills people or ruin lives.

We need to end mandatory sentencing. Judging should be left to judges, not legislators.

We need to end private prisons. No one should be making a profit in punishing people. What’s next? For profit executions?

Back to this prisoner release: Some of them will end up back in prison. You can’t have a group of 6,000 of group without someone getting in trouble. It’s going to happen and then look for the likes of Bill O’Reilly to paint it as a Willie Horton situation.

O’Reilly played the race card. He says there’s a racial component for Obama to release these prisoners. On a recent show of his he said this is driven by race with Barack Obama. I know it is. I know it’s race: The cops are huntin’ down inner-city black dealers. They don’t care about the white collar dealers. That’s what’s motivating this.

This is why everyone who watches Fox News is angry. They need to stop scaring old white people like that.

Here’s a couple of roughs I played around with before I settled on my final idea.

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