At any normal point in time, Bill O'Reilly losing his job and being denied the opportunity to poison minds on national television would be a massive victory.
Unfortunately, the point in time that we are currently residing in is anything but normal.
Partially because the man who is currently running the country is the most unqualified, unintelligent, short-fused, scatter-brained bafoon to ever do so. Oh, and he's also probably the most racist as well (which is saying a lot for a country that was once headed by Woodrow Wilson).
However, the main reason that this period of time is so unprecedented is because of alternative facts (or in layman's terms: lies). From the size of the president's inauguration crowd, to accusations of wire-tapping by his predecessor, to the size of the president's hands, lies plague the Trump administration.
No that didn't sound right... lies are the Trump administration. But that shouldn't be too shocking: we are talking about a group of megalomaniacs being run by an overweight oompa-loompa who believes that vaccines cause autism, an alleged homophobe, a former robber baron, the Grim Reaper, Melissa McCarthy, a woman who (through nothing short of a medical miracle) only knows how to talk out of her ass, and a wannabe J.Crew model.
So no, the fact that the Trump administration lies about almost everything shouldn't be surprising. Actually, it shouldn't even be concerning, because in an ideal world, the media would weed out what's true and what's bullshit.
Too bad we don't live in an ideal world.
Of course the media should be bipartisan, but they're not, and nobody has proven that more than conservative news outlets (looking at you Fox and Friends). Ever since Trump has come to office, these outlets haven't just kept their mouths open for Trump's hearty helping of bullshit: they've taken it down with a smile and asked for seconds (I know that's a gross visual, but Trump is president now and anything goes).
That's where Bill O'Reilly came in. Yes, he's a piece of shit. Yes, he's essentially a conspiracy theorist. Yes, he brainwashes his audience. But in this new world where conservative news outlets pick up whatever President Trump puts down, Bill O'Reilly (whether he knew it or not) was actually a valuable tool in the anti-Trump tool box.
Because if there's one thing that Bill O'Reilly loves more than anything in the world, it's Bill O'Reilly. I hate to say it, but he might actually love himself more than President Trump loves himself. And because of that, he's willing to say and do pretty much anything to get headlines.
For example, calling out President Trump on not fact-checking his information.
It's been a long running joke that The O'Reilly Factor is only viewed by senior citizens as they get ready for bed, but in reality, that joke isn't even a joke. The median age of O'Reilly's viewers is 72.1 years old, which means most of his viewers fall into the 65+ demographic, a demographic that heavily favored President Trump in this past election.
Interesting: why would O'Reilly criticize a man whom his audience clearly supports? Well kids, here's the magical thing about Bill O'Reilly: he's the Jim Jones of network television.
He doesn't have to say anything, because his followers believe whatever he says. So when he calls out Trump on live television, or criticizes the president for being woefully unqualified, his fans don't turn the TV off: they eat it up!
So believe it or not, but an extremely popular, or rather the most popular, popular conservative news anchor with a heavily Trump-centric fan group and a world class level of hubris could have actually been a blessing in disguise for liberals (and all other sane humans) during the four-year reign of President Trump.
Maybe he would have broken from his conservative mold more often to garner better ratings or get his name in the headlines. Maybe him breaking from that mold would have swayed some of his fans to abandon President Trump altogether. I know it's far fetched, but who knows!
All I'm saying is that if your main goal is to get Donald Trump out of the White House ASAP, maybe Bill O'Reilly and his shitty show were somewhat beneficial. And maybe (emphasis on mayyyyyyyyybbbbbbeeeeee) it would have been timelier for this O'Reilly scandal to break in, oh, I don't know, another...
However, if your goal is to maintain the integrity of humanity, than congrats! Today was clearly a big day for you.