This week Bill O’Reilly of Fox News was fired after an exodus of commercial sponsors in the wake of sexual harassment accusations from several women.
“His viewers were solidly loyal behind him even though these allegations were well-known,” Dalmia says.
She also talks about how complicated the free market is and the multiple pressure points within a market. She says the case of O’Reilly shows that if one market pressure point does not work — in this case, his viewers not holding him accountable — there are other pressure points that can work to handle a situation. Although, she notes that these kinds of pressure tactics can be problematic.
Dalmia also discusses her recent article explaining parallels between political attitudes toward modern undocumented immigrants and fugitive slaves in the 19th Century.
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