In search of other large numbers: Bill O'Reilly has been an expensive date for the suits at Fox. In response to all the false accusations, they've shelled out "settlements totaling about $13 million," the New York Times has now said.
Another number surfaced today in a front-page Times report. We can't vouch for its perfect accuracy:
STEEL AND SCHMIDT (4/4/17): Despite Mr. O’Reilly’s history of settlements and the series of allegations against him, the company has extended his contract, which was set to expire this year, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. O’Reilly makes about $18 million per year. When the company extended the contract, it knew of multiple settlements that had been reached with women who had complained about his behavior.Mr. O is paid "about $18 million per year." Or so Steel and Schmidt said.
For ourselves, we'd like to know what everyone else gets paid. How much do Rachel and Lawrence and them haul in every year?
On a journalistic basis, are such salaries dangerous? Is it possible that big major stars will do bad things to hang onto jobs like that?
(File under "Brian Williams." Also, under "Chris Matthews." According to press reports, Matthews' salary went through the roof after he launched his attacks on Candidate Gore in service to Chairman Jack Welch. Name one liberal who ever said a word about any of this. We prefer to kick down, Over There.)
By the way, how big are those other salaries? Given our manifest love of transparency, why are we never told?