Fox news has been in a lot of hot water as of late, particularly when it comes to head-hancho Roger Ailes. For those who don’t know what’s going on, Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the embattled CEO earlier this July. In time, the long-time media mogul stepped down from his position.
Ailes allegedly have been hitting on Carlson for some time. But he wasn’t the only guilty party. Carlson mentioned how she was treated poorly when she was on Fox and Friends. She complained to Ailes for years, but it went nowhere. She claimed that even he said demeaning things to her himself:
“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” Mr. Ailes told her, according to the lawsuit.
Likewise, according to the suit, Mr. Ailes labeled her a “man hater,” and instructed her to “learn to ‘get along with the boys.’”
That sort of language from Mr. Ailes, she said on Tuesday, was “continuous,” adding that she had “between six and 10” meetings with him in which he talked about her body and heard her complaints of harassment.
Apparently, Ailes used his position in power to make or break Carlson’s career based on his attraction towards her. But it gets worse. A hell of a lot worse for the conservative news machine.
After Carlson’s lawsuit was made public, almost instantly, numerous women (around 25 as of this writing) who used to be or are employees of Fox News came forward claiming that Ailes harassed them during his 20-year reign with possibly more to come. The reason why they were quiet all this time was because they were intimidated by Ailes.
But the now-former CEO is not without his defenders. Fox News personalities Greta Van Susteren, Sean Hannity, and even, but not surprisingly, Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump came out in support of Ailes.
Shocked? Hardly, considering the network’s known sexism and victim blaming of women. Last year in August, celebrating the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote, Media Matters, a progressive news website that monitors Fox News like a hawk, have listed a whopping 70 instances where the ‘news’ station showed off their collective asses against women, including telling young women not to vote:
“The Five” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle suggested Tuesday that young women should excuse themselves from voting in the upcoming midterm elections for the same reason that they should be excused from jury duty: because they don’t share the same “life experience” as older women and should just go back to playing around on Tinder and Match.com.
It’s hard to tell which is worse: a so-called ‘news’ network that considers itself ‘fair and balanced’ discouraging young women a right to vote or that the suggestion came from a woman herself.
Fox News also believes that catcalling is ‘no big deal’. Again, this was according to the female hosts of the commentary segment Outnumbered. They even said
“Let men be men.”
“Men are gonna be that way, what can you do? They mean it in a nice way.”
“When I was younger I didn’t like it, it used to bother me, I was like ‘oh, this is so sexist…”
Wait. Wait. Maybe we spoke too soon. Maybe the discussion is turning a corner.
“…now I’m like, if it doesn’t happen I’m like, ‘EXCUSE ME!?’ So now it’s good.”
Wow! Just wow!
Even though Roger Ailes may be gone, the infamous tentacle of Rupert Murdoch’s right wing media empire will likely still slither its way into the hearts and minds of Americans giving them reasons why hatred, lies, ignorance and fear are signatures of truth and power. Of course, rage and denial will ensue from conservatives faithful to the cause. But the accusations against Ailes could lead to an all-out exposition of sexual harassment from other male employers and employees from the Fox News base and possibly other news stations. Right now, Fox is under the crosshairs of litigation, and even if there’s no other legal action against the network, the magnitude of this news not only made it one of the worst places for women to get their news from but also a worst place for women to work.