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Richard Drew / AP

At least 48 companies have pulled their ads from Bill O'Reilly's show since an NYT report Saturday detailing sexual harassment allegations against him. But by the numbers, you'd never know.

  • Ratings: O'Reilly's show doubled MSNBC and CNN in the 8:00 p.m. primetime slot Monday and Tuesday.
  • Book Sales: His book, "Old School: Life in the Sane Lane," (about preserving traditional American values), hit #1 on NYT's nonfiction bestsellers list when it came out last Tuesday and his other book, "Killing the Rising Sun,"is currently #4 in the same category.
  • Ad revenue: Fox News' Advertising EVP said in a statement Tuesday that many advertisers have chosen to reallocate their ad dollars to other shows on Fox, meaning the network hasn't exactly taken a direct revenue hit from every advertiser that has "pulled" it's ads.

In addition, President Trump defended O'Reilly and said he didn't think the anchor did anything wrong. Meanwhile, O'Reilly has been tweeting and hosting his show as if it's all business as usual.

Why it matters: If Fox deemed O'Reilly's lawsuits as worthy of taking action against him, they likely would've done something by now. Because they haven't, it's likely that the network is weighing an important business decision: At which point (if there is one) will advertiser and public pressures outweigh O'Reilly's success for the network?

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The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

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Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.

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The state of play: Most are holding their fire and punting to state Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into sexual harassment allegations. They expect the inquiry to be credible and thorough — and buy Cuomo badly needed breathing room.

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