1. I see that six more Fox News employees have come forward in the wake of fired Fox Blonde Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit alleging sexually harrassing conduct from Fox News head Roger Ailes. New York Magazine’s Gabe Sherman published six accounts from women who say they were also harassed by Ailes, and two of them identified themselves by name.
This doesn’t prove Carlson’s case, but it is typical of harassers that they do not engage in such conduct just once, and typically not with only one employee. That ethics alarm doesn’t ring, and thus this is normal conduct for them that their power and control over employees’ lives allow them to engage in without consequences, until something breaks the dam. Familiar examples are Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Joe Biden, Herman Cain, and Senator Bob Packwood. The fact that no other women came out with public accusations that Clarence Thomas had harassed them was strong evidence that Anita Hill’s last-second accusations were a panned political hit.
2. The fact that so many conservative pundits and websites are defending Ailes is revealing regarding both their integrity and attitudes regarding women… and not in a good way. This is one reason the Democratic Party’s “war on women” smear is effective. The whole sexist vibe of Fox News under Ailes is another reason: I keep expecting Fox to have its female anchors dressed in bikinis and sarongs.
It isn’t just Ailes; it’s Fox. Here are some Fox Sports anchors:
Don’t get me wrong now: I’m certain all of them got their jobs because of their sterling commentary and analysis, just like Gretchen did.
3. Deluded Ethics Dunce: Greta Van Susteren. Greta, who owes her career to Ailes, pronounced Carlson’s allegations unbelievable, saying, “I deal with Roger Ailes often. I’ve often been alone with Roger Ailes in his office over the course of 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like what I’m reading about in the papers and the magazine.” Ah. So the fact that Ailes didn’t hit on Greta once is evidence that he wouldn’t hit on Carlson. Keen analysis, there, Greta!
It’s funny: Madeleine Albright and Carly Fiorina said the same thing.
How can I explain this to Greta in a nice way? Is this subtle enough?
To be fair, their first names both do begin with “GRET,” so maybe that’s why Greta thinks her experience with Ailes is relevant.
3. Sean Hannity, who is, incidentally, an idiot, dealt with the New York magazine report by attacking the reporter as a “Fox stalker.” This is a classic ad hominem attack. Let’s say Sherman is a “Fox stalker”…so what? Have six women come forward, or haven’t they?
On Twitter, Hannity pronounced the lawsuit “BS” based on this typically acute Hannity analysis:
“I have spoken to many woman who work at Fox that have the most amazing stories of how kind Roger is to them.”
…as if a harasser being kind to them and requesting sexual favors are inconsistent in any way. Then…
“[T]alk to the hundreds of woman at Fox that I talked to this week both on air and off. They say it all BS.”
Yes, and Carlson might have said the same thing while she was working at Fox, because she wanted to keep working there, even it meant keeping a horny, fat old man at bay.
There seems to be a culture of sexual harassment at Fox, coming down from the rotting fish head in charge, Roger Ailes. Hannity’s reaction just affirms that diagnosis.
And the diagnosis that he’s an idiot.