Gretchen Carlson has filed lawsuit alleging that Rober Ailes sexually harassed her along with others at Fox.
Since the suit was filed more than a dozen women have come forward to confirm that Ailes had also harassed them. The first obvious consideration is that each of these women were attractive and many were models. Among the many stories relived by these women, they asserted that:
- Ailes said: “You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.” He said, ‘That’s the way it works,’ and he started naming other women he’s had. He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everCain does appear to be the kind of man that fits well into the good-old-boy network of Fox. Fox has a history of discrimination against women. The EEOC has previously filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox as a result of allegations by Kim Weiler a former employee. Ms. Weiler asserted that Fox sexually harassed she and other women , routinely using obscenities and vulgarities to describe women or their body parts.
Bill O’Reilly was sued by a former female producer of his talk show for sexual harassment. Ms. Mackris alleged that O’Reilly made a series of explicit phone calls to her, advised her to use a vibrator, and told her about sexual fantasies he had involving her.
2. One woman asked Ailes, ‘Would I have to be friends with anybody else?’ And he said, “Well you might have to give a blowjob every once in a while.”
3. Ailes said he said he’d put me on the show but I needed to go to bed with him. I was a really shy girl, but I was a little cheeky so I said, ‘Oh yeah, you and who else?’ And he said, ‘Only me and a few of my select friends.’
4. After locking the door to his office with a 16 year old woman inside, Ailes reclined on a couch. He proceeded to pull down his pants and very gingerly pull out his genitals and said, “Kiss them.” He chased me around the office and at some point it dawned on him that this just wasn’t going to happen. He finally pulled up his trousers. He was very angry and rushed over to his desk, pulled open a door and had a reel-to-reel tape recorder going. He said to me, ‘Don’t tell anybody about this. I’ve got it all on tape.’
5. I was in college doing some modeling work with an agency in the Philadelphia area. This would have been late ’65 or early ’66; I would have been 18 or 19 years old. A bunch of us girls at the agency were called over to audition for him for some sort of skit on The Mike Douglas Show. He had a room and one by one he would take us behind closed doors. When my turn came I went in and he didn’t waste any time. He grabbed me and had his hands on me and he forced me to kiss him. When I recoiled he said, ‘Well, you know no girls get a job here unless they’re cooperative.’ I just pushed him away and ran out of there.
6. I got an interview with Roger Ailes. I remember I met him not at some big TV office; it was at his apartment on Central Park South. His message was: If you want to make it in New York City in the TV business, you’re going to have to fuck me, and you’re going to do that with anyone I tell you to.
The interesting thing is Sarah Palin is not one of the women who has given her support to Gretchen Carlson. Why not?
Sarah was a beauty pageant contestant. Palin was runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest.
Gretchen was Miss America.
As an example of Ailes’ mindset, he hired Herman Cain, a man famous for his use and abuse of women, to replace Palin. The Fox News mindset was to defend even the most blatant of misogynists. It was Feb. 16, of 2013 that I reported:
Dick Morris said “Well, this is ridiculous. … This woman is in search of money. … This woman has been unemployed for 13 years, and this is apparently payday. … I look forward to her spread in Playboy.” Morris also called one of the accusers, Sharon Bialek, a “gold digger” and said her accusations were “outlandish.”
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros attacked Bialek as a “scam artist” with an “illegitimate child.”
Sean Hannity reported on Bialek’s accusations in a segment called, “Anatomy of a Smear Campaign.”
Sean Hannity interviewed Gloria Allred, the attorney for one of Herman Cain’s sexual harassment victims. Hannity repeatedly questioned why the woman didn’t immediately leave the vehicle after the alleged crime: “Why would one — if that happened, and it was so traumatic, and it was so bad, why would she stay in the car with him?”
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld said: “We’re beginning to understand the ubiquitousness of sexual harassment claims and how because they’re happening so often and they’re everywhere, many of them are inherently meaningless, done to safeguard future reputation-damaging things, and you might not be guilty.”
Fox host Mike Huckabee dismissed the sexual harassment allegations against Cain by comparing his alleged behavior to someone ordering food at Popeyes.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume claimed that superiors in the workplace are now “at an equal or greater disadvantage” than their employees.
Fox News host Eric Bolling claimed that the allegations were part of a “systematic taking apart of the right by the left.” He added that his “hunch is, you know, the left-wing nutjobs at Media Matters and all the other lefty blogs” were behind the Cain allegations.
Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher dismissed the seriousness of the allegations, explaining: “The left hates blacks who are conservative”
A Fox Nation post described Sharon Bialek as having “a Chicago smell.”
As if that wasn’t enough, consider specific examples of sexism that aired on television:
Fox News has a reputation of use of extreme make-up for its female anchors. It seems rather obvious that the reason these women were hired by Fox had nothing to do with their intelligence, and everything to do with their appearance.