Gawker’s Much-Hyped Fox News Story is about Bill O’Reilly

By Chris Ariens Comment

Gawker’s John Cook has published his talked-about-for-days story on a Fox News personality. It involves Bill O’Reilly, his estranged wife, and the Nassau County Police Department.

For several weeks Cook has been looking into claims that O’Reilly used the NCPD to investigate a detective who was allegedly having an affair with O’Reilly’s wife.

Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man. Not just any man, but a police detective in the Long Island community they call home. So O’Reilly did what any concerned husband would do: He pulled strings to get the police department’s internal affairs unit to investigate one of their own for messing with the wrong man’s lady.

The story goes on to uncover the supposed internal affairs investigation, revealing internal emails, as well as O’Reilly’s ties to the NCPD Foundation.

The hype around today’s story only increased last week when “Fox & Friends” produced a segment about Websites that are no longer relevant, naming Gawker one of them, and claiming Gawker traffic is down 75 percent.

Forbes’s Jeff Bercovici dug a little deeper into F&F’s claim, calling the parsing, “a completely artificial, arbitrary and, well, dishonest comparison to make.”

After the “Fox & Friends” segment last week, Gawker’s Cook teased, “I have for several weeks been working on a story about a Fox News personality that Fox News really does not want published! Fox knows what the story is, because I’ve asked its PR department for comment (they refused).”