Despite conceding the pay disparity between women and men on Friday, Fox News Bill O’Reilly insisted that white men were at a disadvantage in the workplace compared to women with college degrees because they can file anti-discrimination lawsuits.
“The lawsuits are legion in every single American corporation,” O’Reilly told Democratic Party strategists Marjorie Clifton and Mary Anne Marsh. “White guys can’t sue. What do we sue for, all right? But minorities can sue and women can sue, and they are. And there’s a giant industry that exploits that.”
O’Reilly also argued that Marsh, a former classmate of his at Harvard University, enjoyed certain advantages because she was “nicer” than him, adding that the idea of institutional bias against women is “theoretical.”
“All the professors liked her,” O’Reilly said. “And if it was a choice between Mary Anne Marsh and Bill O’Reilly to get a B-plus, she was gonna get it, I was gonna get the B.”
Marsh countered that when O’Reilly himself said women earn 81 percent of what a man makes, he actually made her argument.
“The fact is, women are the majority in this country, yet they make less money,” Marsh countered. “They’re the majority in this country yet they’re woefully underrepresented in the places that matter: government and business. We have not elected a woman president of the United States yet. That’s shameful.”
However, O’Reilly attributed the pay gap between men and women to, among other things, “emotional differences” between them and the prevalence of stay-at-home mothers who work part-time. He also minimized the presence of an “old boy network” preventing women from reaching higher echelons in the workplace.
“That does not seem to be fair. But life is not fair,” he said. “I, your humble correspondent, have been scorned by the establishment during my career. Most corporate workers have. Especially if they think independently.”
Watch the segment, as posted online on Friday, below.